Note: This was written by a Yahoo! contributor. Join the Yahoo! Contributor Network to start publishing your own articles.In an article published by "Scientific American Magazine," on April 14, 2003, Max Tegmark suggests that more than one parallel universe exists. He explains different theories of how this might be happening, and explains that science just doesn't have the means of seeing them right now.
He also explains different theories about a "mulitverse," suggesting not just one parallel universe, but a possibility of infinite parallel universes. Boy, I thought the universe could only handle one of me.
In the television show, "Fringe," two parallel universes have lived side by side, developing different cultures and technologies. Both universes were happily ignorant of each other until Dr. Walter Bishop, played by John Noble, invented a device to see into the other universe. Until he did that, no one accepted the theory of more than one.
In the show, Dr. Bishop eventually does more than just look. His partner, William Bell, played by Leonard Nimoy, travels to the other universe. Dr. Bishop's son is critically ill, and to his surprise, the alternate universe's Dr. Bishop's son is also critically ill. Dr. Walter Bishop, after losing his son, travels to the alternate universe and brings back the other son to treat, cure, and return home.
Dr. Bishop isn't the only one who can travel back and forth. Others from the alternate universe travel to ours with different machines than those used by Dr. Bishop. Unfortunately, this travel causes rifts in the universes, and they begin to disintegrate.
According to the laws of physics, only one item can occupy a space at a time. Both universes have been set in motion towards each other, and are colliding. Max Tegmark's theory doesn't suggest universes could be set in motion against each other because they're too far away from each other.
Still others, seemingly with or without special technology, travel back and forth through both universes, but without causing any damage. These are the Observers. Are they from a third universe? That would fit Max Tegmark's theory of a multiverse.
Most of the current scientific community decry the theory of parallel universes with doubles of everyone who exists. Until concrete, measurable proof is offered, most non-scientists would agree as well.
Still, there was a time that a "round earth" was just a theory. The "earth-revolves-around-the sun," theory was thought to be heresy, and "sailing-around-the-world" was just laughed at. The idea of "germs" existing that made us sick was the laugh of the medical world.
Still, man wasn't supposed to be able to fly, sail under water, or go to the moon. So, who knows if a parallel universe with doubles really exists?
"Fringe" is worth watching. It's entertaining, full of scientific theories, terrific acting and story lines. Check your local listings for the times in your area. You won't be sorry.
- Max Tegmark
- John Noble
- parallel universe