Skip to comments.String theorists squeeze nine dimensions into three
Posted on 07/25/2012 3:36:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A simulation of the early universe using string theory may explain why space has three observable spatial dimensions instead of nine.
The leading mathematical explanation of physics goes beyond modern particle theory by positing tiny bits of vibrating string as the fundamental basis of matter and forces. String theory also requires that the universe have six or more spatial dimensions in addition to the ones observed in everyday life. Explaining how those extra dimensions are hidden is a central challenge for string theorists...
In the simulation, the universe starts off as a tiny blob of strings that is symmetric in nine different dimensions. As the strings interact, a random energy fluctuation -- provided by the quantum laws that govern these small scales -- breaks the symmetry. Three dimensions balloon outward, leaving the other six stunted at a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a centimeter, far too small to be detected.
Applying string theory to the beginning of the universe in this way has long proven difficult. That's because the math included in traditional versions of the theory can be solved only when strings interact weakly at low temperatures, not in the seething maelstrom that existed moments after the Big Bang.
To tackle the extreme energies of the Big Bang, Nishimura and his team had to recast one version of string theory, called IIB, as grids of equations that could be fed into a supercomputer. Limited by the power of this computer, the researchers could track the interactions of no more than 32 strings for the first split second of history...
To prove the usefulness of the new approach, Nishimura's team will need to study times much later in the universeâs history, comparing their results against real observations of how matter is distributed across the universe.
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subtitle: "Simulation suggests extra spatial directions failed to thrive".
And all this came about independently and totally by accident.
I wonder Who caused this accident.
“Tiny bits of vibrating string” - all tuned to play a B flat.
A while back I read a theory that explains how these other dimensions “hide in plain sight”. By not being physical, as such, but “organizational”, providing a “framework” for the other dimensions, that gives them structural strength, even rigidity.
They can’t be seen, because they are right in front of us, as it were. A simple way of describing this is by looking at a structural triangle. It is a strong organizational pattern, but why? Each of its sides have a given amount of angular strength on their own, but combined, the three are stronger than their individual angular strengths.
I am uncertain as to whether or not that is Heisenberg in the third row.
C sharp or B flat.
Wait, I thought Higgs boson solved everything. Very confusing.
I searched for this line and found it quickly:
> To prove the usefulness of the new approach, Nishimura’s
> team will need to study . . .
Where do I send money for funding their project? So many projects, so little money.
It's all part of the New Cruelty.
Well, since they’re invisible, they’d be more like C flat and F flat, or B sharp and E sharp.
:’D Not many will get that one without resort to Google.
That’s the same thing my Dad told me just before I got run over by the steam roller.
I don’t know why all these physicists think that the poor Sailor who pipes people on board a ship is supposed to solve everything. For goodness sakes, he plays two notes on a whistle. How can he solve everything?
Einstein was a relativity of mine.
You get the impression they’re just stringing us along here??
Only Louis Armstrong had the chops to hit a B sharp.
Maybe, maybe knot.
uh-oh, oops again... [blush]