Also known as the ‘Multiverse Theory’, the theory challenges the conventional theory of a single universe by claiming that multiple universes exist.
The multiverse theory was first proposed in the 20th century in an effort to try and explain several perplexing aspects of quantum mechanics. The earliest proposal of such an explanation was made by Hugh Everett back in 1957.
In what Everett called the ‘many worlds interpretation’ of quantum mechanical phenomena and the universal wave function, infinite worlds possibly exist – each with an alternate history, with every possible outcome of our known universe, and each universe being very real. For example, in one universe you may be a plumber, in another you may be the president of a country, and so on.
Everett’s theory however proposed this idea with each universe existing independently without any interaction with each other.
Now, a research team which includes Professor Howard Wiseman, Dr. Michael Hall, both from Griffith University’s Center for Quantum Dynamics, and Dr. Dirk-Andre Deckert from the University of California have put forward a different proposal, one which will help make the many worlds theory a testable theory.
According to the teams publication, many parallel universes exist and actually influence each other. This interaction between worlds is what we would perceive as the strange behaviour in quantum mechanics.
“Any explanation of quantum phenomena is going to be weird, and standard quantum mechanics does not really offer any explanation at all—it just makes predictions for laboratory experiments,” Wiseman told the Huffington Post. “Our new explanation… is that there are ordinary (non-quantum) parallel worlds which interact in a particular and subtle way.”
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