The 8th Episode of 3rd Season resumes with Peter in bed taking that fateful phone call and then having him shrug it off when Alt-livia starts asking questions.
Parallel universes, also known as meta-universes or multiverses, are a group of theoretical twin universes that coexist at the same time as our own. Parallel universes are said to be simple variations of our reality, all running at the same time in different realities. Parallel universes are not uniquely confined to the science fiction realm anymore; philosophy, physics, and even theology have theories about why multiverses exist and how they work. Parallel universes have often been used in fiction and TV programs (eg – fringe) as an explanation for strange phenomena.
While the idea of parallel universes may seem incredible, more and more scientists are buying into the idea of a multitude of universes coexisting barely millimeters away. A disturbing new theory currently being researched in several high-profile universities holds that the Big Bang may not have been the actual beginning of the universe. In fact, some scientists are now claiming that the big explosion we see as the origin of our life could actually be the result of two universes colliding, thus generating a new one. This revolutionary theory has been taken seriously by quantum mechanic scientists and is now the source of heated debate across the world.
When NASA launches “AMS-02” on Feb 27, 2011 at 4:04 PM Eastern. Sam Ting Principal Investigator for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 experiment hopes that it will provide data that proves the existence of parallel universes that are composed of anti-matter -discoveries could prove verify theories and answer basic questions regarding how the universe formed.
In 1954, a young Princeton University doctoral candidate named Hugh Everett III came up with a radical idea: That there exist parallel universes, 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.
This thought boggles the mind and yet, it is still comprehensible. Notions of parallel universes or dimensions that resemble our own have appeared in works of science fiction and have been used as explanations for metaphysics. But why would a young up-and-coming physicist possibly risk his future career by posing a theory about parallel universes?
With his Many-Worlds theory, 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.
“Your idea is crazy,” the physicist Niels Bohr once said. “But is it crazy enough to be true?”
I was watching the final episode of the “Fringe” Season2, sitting little bent on chair.
The scene in the serial was somewhat like this : “they were discussing on warm holes and crossing to parallel universe and just made it..” then I could feel my chair to be shivering. I paused it immediately and stood up. I noticed the clothes hanging on the hanger were shaking. It was strange, before I could understand it was a mild earthquake. I go a Tweet on tweet-deck -”Earthquake in Delhi” and so that was the logical explanation that my mind was seeking for this weird happening.
And now I know it was coz of the
Preliminary: 7.3 earthquake, Southwestern Pakistan. 2011/01/18 20:23:23 UTC (7m ago, depth 72km)
Teleportation is right now possible only theoretically and is just like going to moon was in early 20th Century.
What is Teleportation ?
Teleportation involves dematerializing an object at one point, and sending the details of that object’s precise atomic configuration to another location, where it will be reconstructed. What this means is that time and space could be eliminated from travel — we could be transported to any location instantly, without actually crossing a physical distance
Depending on your favorite sci-fi yarns, teleportation is either a very, very bad idea (see: The Fly, Fringe Serial ) or a very, very cool one (see: Star Trek). For scientists, it’s just very, very complex, so much so that at this point, teleportation is not a matter of moving matter but one of transporting information. Already, physicists have been able to exchange information between light particles — or photons — or between atoms, so long as they were right next to each other. The current experiment marks the first in which information has traveled a significant distance — 1 m, or a little more than 3 ft. — between two isolated atoms. It’s also the first time the powers of a photon, which is good at traveling over long distances, and an atom, which is prized for its ability to retain information, have been jointly exploited.
The theory for teleportation is quite interesting because it was first proposed by Albert Einstein’s theory of entanglement. Entanglement baffles scientists today, but why is that? you may ask. Entanglement is theory that all photons and atoms have a perfect replica somewhere in the Universe, and that whatever you do to one atom here, where ever that other atom is will move to that state of matter as well. Scientists have no idea what causes the distant connection between the two particles, but have proven that this does occur. But what does this have to do with teleportation?
You see, teleportation requires this theory of entanglement. Scientists have recreated what would be needed to teleport certain particles from one area to another. An experiment was done back in 2002 that proved that photon particles (light) could be teleported from one area to another. The scientists have created the photon particles, and because they created the particles at the same time through the same conditions, and in the same place, their properties were linked. They then made the light beam disappear in one spot of their lab, and make it reappear in another area in the same lab. Essentially, they had made the particles teleport. It is important to remember that what they teleported was smaller than the size of an atom, but it proved that teleportation can occur. This experiment also showed another application for this teleportation as well; an instantaneous way to move large amounts of data from one point to another, which could be possible in the near future.
Since it was proven that particles can be teleported, you would think that people could be teleported too, right? The answer is much more complicated than that. You see, to teleport objects would require entanglement of atoms. Scientists are not sure of how to teleport atoms currently, but have been working on ways to teleport lasers for the past 8 years, since the completion of the photon teleportation back in 2002. Now another problem with teleporting a human would be that when an object is teleported, the original copy is destroyed in order to create the replica. Theoretically you would have teleported, but it is unsure of if it would truly be you on the other side, as the original you would have been destroyed to teleport. It would also be a problem because even if you were teleported and it was you, what is to say you will teleport alive ? This case was shown in the movie “The Prestige” in which his replica would be created and original man would be killed.
If those weren’t enough problems with teleportation, then here is one of the biggest problems: Let’s say scientists figure out a way to teleport a live human being and it is the same person that went through both ends; how would it be done? It was theorized that to teleport the person, they would basically be turned into data on the computer, and sent from one point to another through a data transfer. Even if we found out a way to transfer a humanoid into data, the size needed on a computer would be massive. Consider the data files on your computer; certain files now are a few Gigabytes of memory, right? Well, the problem here is that a single human would be several terrabytes of memory (I am not sure of the exact number), and we do not have computers that even have that much space to teleport a human.
Now to go back to the question: is teleportation possible? The answer is yes. After hearing the problems, should we still pursue it? What is to say that it wouldn’t kill the person who is trying to teleport? Who’s to say that if the teleportation worked, that you wouldn’t reappear inside out? These questions will be answered at some point in the future, though I highly doubt it will be in our time. It would be very interesting to see what it would be like to teleport though, I must admit.