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Physics, Metaphysics and Cosmology Collide in New E-Book, Possibilities in Parallel: Seeking the Multiverse

Possibilities in Parallel: Seeking the Multiverse

Parallel universes are a staple of science fiction, and it’s no wonder. They allow us to explore the question, “What if?” in a way that lets us step completely outside of the world we know, rather than question how that world might have turned out differently. For cosmologists, the question isn’t “What if the South [...]

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Life, Unbounded

The Hole

Hole ((c) C. Scharf 2012)

Every so often in the summer months I allow myself a bit of leeway with posts, because as fun as it is to write about real science, it’s also a lot of fun to write pure speculation. I particularly like speculation that takes extraordinary possibilities about our place in the universe, and cuts them down [...]

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Observations

Physicists Debate the Many Varieties of Nothingness

Helix Nebula

What is nothing? Sounds like a simple question—nothing is simply the absence of something, of course—until you begin to think about it. The other night the American Museum of Natural History hosted its 14th annual Asimov Memorial Debate, which featured five leading thinkers opining (and sparring, sometimes testily, but more on that later) about the [...]

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Observations

Learn to Forgive Yourself in a Parallel Universe

Let me be clear: Another Earth, opening July 22, is not a science-fiction film, despite its premise of the discovery of a planet just like our own. And frankly, the little science that does exist in this otherwise remarkable indie film, by first-time feature director Mike Cahill, is laughable. For instance, Earth 2 can be [...]

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The Curious Wavefunction

Belief in multiple universes requires exceptional vision. So does belief in telepathy.

The multiverse, a psychologically pleasing, logical elegant entity that is complete fiction as of now (Image: Proetcontra)

I exaggerate with the title of this post, but only slightly. The title is a reaction to a strange article on multiple universes written by Tom Siegfried at Science News. It’s the kind of article that harms the cause of a field and causes the rest of us to take it less seriously . For [...]

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