Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Brown paper packages tied up with strings…
Feeling a little down hearted tonight as I read of yet another opinion poll suggesting that Sauron’s dark age will continue for the foreseeable future I sought refuge in ‘some of my favourite things’ to put things into perspective, in this instance looking at scientific stuff in the web.
Any way I found details of research that was published earlier this year by physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who have devised a way of representing the six dimensional universe as is suggested by ‘string theory’.
Scientists developed string theory, which proposes that everything in the universe is made of tiny, vibrating strings of energy, to encompass the physical principles of all objects from immense galaxies to subatomic particles. Though currently the front-runner to explain the framework of the cosmos and to provide a unified "theory of everything." it remains, unsurprisingly, untested.
The study undertaken at Wisconsin-Madison suggests that the shapes of extra dimensions can be "seen" by deciphering their influence on cosmic energy released by the violent birth of the universe 13 billion years ago.
The mathematics of string theory suggests that the world we know is not complete. In addition to our four familiar dimensions - three-dimensional space and time - string theory predicts the existence of six extra spatial dimensions, "hidden" dimensions curled in tiny geometric shapes at every single point in our universe.
Though scientists can use computers to visualize what these six-dimensional geometries could look like no one really knows for sure what shape they take. However Gary Shiu, the lead researcher explained “Just as a shadow can give an idea of the shape of an object, the pattern of cosmic energy in the sky can give an indication of the shape of the other six dimensions present”.
And I bet you thought the image on this post was something taken from a sub standard sixth form graphic art project.
..When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Be prepared for lots of this type of post over the next few weeks.