Parallel Universe

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Parallel universe is a self-contained separate universe coexisting with one's own. In the science of physics, parallel universes hypothetically exist exactly like our ­universe. These universes are all related to ours; indeed, they branch off from ours, and our universe is branched off of others. Within these parallel universes, our wars have had different outcomes than the ones we know. Species that are extinct in our universe have evolved and adapted in others. In other universes, we humans may have become extinct.

In 1954, a young Princeton University doctoral candidate named Hugh Everett III came up with this radical idea of parallel universes. With his Many-Worlds hypothesis, Everett was attempting to answer a rather sticky question related to quantum physics: Why does quantum matter behave erratically? The quantum level is the smallest one science has detected so far. The study of quantum physics began in 1900, when the physicist Max Planck first introduced the concept to the scientific world. Planck's study of radiation yielded some unusual findings that contradicted classical physical laws. These findings suggested that there are other laws at work in the universe, operating on a deeper level than the one we know.

Parallel Universe