Skip to comments.Scientists find first evidence that many universes exist
Posted on 12/18/2010 4:14:00 PM PST by LibWhacker
The signatures of a bubble collision: A collision (top left) induces a temperature modulation in the CMB temperature map (top right). The blob associated with the collision is identified by a large needlet response (bottom left), and the presence of an edge is determined by a large response from the edge detection algorithm (bottom right). Image credit: Feeney, et al.
(PhysOrg.com) -- By looking far out into space and observing whats going on there, scientists have been led to theorize that it all started with a Big Bang, immediately followed by a brief period of super-accelerated expansion called inflation. Perhaps this was the beginning of everything, but lately a few scientists have been wondering if something could have come before that, setting up the initial conditions for the birth of our universe.
In the most recent study on pre-Big Bang science posted at arXiv.org, a team of researchers from the UK, Canada, and the US, Stephen M. Feeney, et al, have revealed that they have discovered four statistically unlikely circular patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The researchers think that these marks could be bruises that our universe has incurred from being bumped four times by other universes. If they turn out to be correct, it would be the first evidence that universes other than ours do exist.
The idea that there are many other universes out there is not new, as scientists have previously suggested that we live in a multiverse consisting of an infinite number of universes. The multiverse concept stems from the idea of eternal inflation, in which the inflationary period that our universe went through right after the Big Bang was just one of many inflationary periods that different parts of space were and are still undergoing. When one part of space undergoes one of these dramatic growth spurts, it balloons into its own universe with its own physical properties. As its name suggests, eternal inflation occurs an infinite number of times, creating an infinite number of universes, resulting in the multiverse.
These infinite universes are sometimes called bubble universes even though they are irregular-shaped, not round. The bubble universes can move around and occasionally collide with other bubble universes. As Feeney, et al., explain in their paper, these collisions produce inhomogeneities in the inner-bubble cosmology, which could appear in the CMB. The scientists developed an algorithm to search for bubble collisions in the CMB with specific properties, which led them to find the four circular patterns.
Still, the scientists acknowledge that it is rather easy to find a variety of statistically unlikely properties in a large dataset like the CMB. The researchers emphasize that more work is needed to confirm this claim, which could come in short time from the Planck satellite, which has a resolution three times better than that of WMAP (where the current data comes from), as well as an order of magnitude greater sensitivity. Nevertheless, they hope that the search for bubble collisions could provide some insight into the history of our universe, whether or not the collisions turn out to be real.
The conclusive non-detection of a bubble collision can be used to place stringent limits on theories giving rise to eternal inflation; however, if a bubble collision is verified by future data, then we will gain an insight not only into our own universe but a multiverse beyond, the researchers write in their study.
This is the second study in the past month that has used CMB data to search for what could have occurred before the Big Bang. In the first study, Roger Penrose and Vahe Gurzadyan found concentric circles with lower-than-average temperature variation in the CMB, which could be evidence for a cyclic cosmology in which Big Bangs occur over and over.
Well then there is no such thing as a uni-verse.
We have only the Earth to show for destroying.
Just imagine the taxes required to compensate for multiple universe destruction.
An Algore heavenly creation!
What a joke...Sometimes, some things are undicoverable...Man has an affliction to saying I don’t know aka There is a God.....
which means a single spoken sentence.
Whoever came up with the term “multiverse” should be slapped.
i’ll never forget when i was in science class in high school- and the teacher told the class that space never ends and has no beginning— a girl stood up and said that there has to be an end or a wall or something.. i told the girl- well, whats on the other side of the wall? confusion set in quick..the bible states that God had no beginning and has no end— the human mind cant understand a no beginning and no end— stange huh?— just thought i would share that—ha ha
The scientists don’t seem to realize they are delving more and more into the mystical.
The universe was supposed to be everything, it loses its meaning if there are “infinite universes”.
All they are saying is that whatever caused our (enormous) local neighborhood (formerly aka “the universe”), there is a LOT more stuff out there in what we used to call “universes”.
Also, if you think they can detect other universes having bumped into our entire universe, based on their Earth bound readings of background radiation, well good luck.
If a finite amount of matter coming together results in a big bang, it is not realistic to assume that the total amount of matter in existance equates to that amount. Nor does it really make sense to refer to various such bursts as separate universes.
It is a testimate to the inability of the human mind to contemplate very, very, near infinite scale that we invent new ways to comprehend it.
My question is: where exactly are these other universes supposed to be? In another dimension? Or is it like radio waves, where the waves travel simultaneously at different frequences—this way they don’t intefere with each other when they traverse the same space.
If there is an alternate conservative universe, I’d like to go there—NOW!!
It also means they know the limits of our UNIverse.
Am I good-looking (to women OTHER THAN my wife) in one of them?
Well THIS IS good news!! Hate to think we were just sort of hanging in space or just floating around somewhere and....well, where ARE we hanging or floating anyway? :-)
The more the merrier, I say! It has been my personal theory that THE REDEEMED will not spend eternity sitting on some cloud plunking on a harp, as some scoffers like to say. God is a bigtime Operator, and I believe we will spend eternity developing the
universe(s), in our glorified bodies, just like the one Christ was in when He arose on that first Easter morning and walked out of the Garden Tomb.
Psalms 16:11 “Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Adorable...Thanks for the chuckle...
I paid for this research.
Hah...our “universe” is just an atom in the leg of a giant table somewhere...