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Oversimplification of the Universe

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.” 

A new theory has come out that envisions the early Universe as a single one-dimensional line.  As it grows, it intersects itself and creates two dimensions, weaving through itself again and again, and eventually creating a third and final dimension.  According to physicists, this bridges the gap between quantum mechanics and general relativity, two fields which I will not attempt to speculate on (you can read about them if you like, but be warned).  It is also said to make sense of the properties of the Higgs boson, or the God-particle, which theoretically gives all particles mass, but is the only particle of the Standard Model that has not been detected.

Theoretical drawing of the Higgs Boson

Why did the line stop at only three dimensions, though?  If there was only one dimension to begin with, what stopped it at three?  Is this a ridiculous question?

This really seems like something Douglas Adams would write about.  He wrote the sentence at the top, and I believe he was thinking of something like this “line theory” when he wrote this:

“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

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One response

  1. Kristin Brænne

    ★★★★★

    April 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

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