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January 23, 2008

Parallelism

Ordinarily, I'm a little skeptical of mathematical "discoveries"; they're just so much theology until they're verified experimentally. (To Measure is to Know.)

But last year I read John Gribbins' In Search of Schrödinger's Cat (a good layman's book about quantum mechanics) and he discusses some experiments to back his claim that parallel universes must exist. So the mathematical discovery below isn't the only basis for the claim.

Parallel universes exist - study

Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists described by one expert as "one of the most important developments in the history of science".

The parallel universe theory, first proposed in 1950 by the US physicist Hugh Everett, helps explain mysteries of quantum mechanics that have baffled scientists for decades, it is claimed.

In Everett's "many worlds" universe, every time a new physical possibility is explored, the universe splits. Given a number of possible alternative outcomes, each one is played out - in its own universe.

Posted by joke du jour at January 23, 2008 07:30 PM

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