Journal Entry: Tue Nov 29, 2011, 5:33 PM
...Is my favorite show right now.
I know I'm usually one for the funnier shows such as Tosh.0 and Whose Line is it Anyway, but guys, NOVA just... astounds me.
They're basically scientists who explain certain theories, and because of NOVA, I have a newfound respect for Albert Einstein.
I don't understand the mathematical ghemics and such in science, but hot damn! It just... akdngoadhg.
I just watched the episode labeled 'Universe or Multiverse', and it gave me a headache.
Humans can't even escape the confines of our own solar system within our lifetimes because spacecraft simply doesn't travel that fast, obviously. My science teacher Mr. Mac said you'd have to be going at least quadruple the speed of light to get anywhere in the galaxy, much less that.
So on 'Universe or Multiverse?', ___ Greene (I forgot his first name) explains the theories behind the Big Bang and String theories. So the universe was formed with a Big Bang, or so science claims, correct? Well, Alan Gurt (I believe that was his last name; going entirely from memory here) thought up an explanation behind this, called inflation. Basically, inflation is somewhat similar to a balloon expanding, or inflating, the balloon being the universe. Greene used the example of a wheel of cheese; if you could cut it in half, it being the multiverse, you would see its particles and energy spiking and spiking. The cheese wheel kept growing, and within it, you could see several universes popping up in sudden bursts of energy which sprouted throughout the distressed particles, creating universes and, in effect, if the conditions were just right, stars and planets would form from clumps of matter within these universes. If the condition was right. This is where they put math into it, or to be more precise, a decimal. The dark energy*, estimated to be trillions of trillions of trillions of times larger than it actually is as far as power, only has an effect of about point 122 zeroes, one. Like this. '.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001'. That's really, really, really small. I don't even. Oh, and on top of that, going back to the inflation theory, the universes are estimated to appear at the billionth of a billionth of a blink of an eye, at increasingly rapid rates. Meaning, the entire multiverse and its dark energy is expanding at an unimaginable rate, and the universes are appearing with their own Big Bangs at increasing rates, because the area of which matter can form from the energy is increasing its own rate as well. This all gave me a headache, because when we've barely breached our own solar system, we're heading towards the theories of not only something bigger than our universe (which is bigger than our galaxy, which, is in fact, bigger than our solar system, which is bigger than the Sun, which is bigger than Earth), but an entire collection of universes into one large group, and dark energy is flowing everywhere. The theory said that if you were to remove four or five of the zeroes in the above-mentioned decimal, that the energy created within the universes would be moving so fast that matter itself couldn't clump together to form stars, much less planets. It really makes you wonder. As it turns out, humans are much, much less important in the universe than we've ever thought before, if we even have any impact. It's mindblowing to imagine, because, you know, the universes keep getting created. Copy/pasted from Wikipedia**: "The Universe is commonly defined as the totality of everything that exists, including all matter and energy, the planets, stars, galaxies, and the contents of intergalactic space." Uni being one, verse being everything. Meaning, 'universe' as a specific term means our universe is all of everything that exists. But the 'multiverse' theory itself entirely contradicts this definition. How can there be more than everything? We were faulty, I think personally, in naming it 'universe'. If that multiverse actually exists, I mean. What do we even truly know? So far, we've based everything on beliefs, theories, and what is visible to the naked eye or various waves of light and radiation (and other). But what if everything we know is wrong?
I'll write about the illusion of time in my next journal like this; excuse me while I become increasingly overwhelmed with the infinite amount of possibilities that our own thoughts can provide as answers to the simplest questions. Who knows? Maybe we'll find out in the future, hundreds of years from now. Maybe we won't. As the saying goes, but is faulty in its essence: 'time will tell'.