Tuesday, November 3, 2009

O is for Omniverse - A and B

A direct link to the above movie is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22_c4ToM2-E

"a is for alpha, the very beginning
a letter that stands for whatever comes first
a is for alpha, the fine structure constant
that locks in our universe"

In entries like The Statistical Universe, The Map and the Territory, The Long Undulating Snake, and Alien Mathematics, we've talked about the cosmologists who tell us that there are a great many other universes out there beyond our own, and each of those universes would have their own unique structures that make them completely different from our own, with basic physical laws that would make it impossible for life as we know it to function. The wikipedia article on alpha, the fine structure constant, explains this idea further.

"b is for the big bang, the highly ordered big bang
from the omniverse of timelessness and unobserved states
with the big bang our universe is chosen
is the big bang an illusion? some say maybe so
perhaps it’s better calling it the first yes and no
rising from the chaos of the background noise
we can look back from now and see the very first choice
the big bang shows how our universe came to be
selected from the background—of indeterminacy"

The idea that the incredible expansion of the big bang may have more to do with the selection processes that chose our universe rather than being an event that really happened was one of the radical ideas proposed in my first book, where I said this:

The currently accepted version of the big bang is known as “inflationary cosmology”, in which it is proposed that the size of the universe increased by a factor greater than a million trillion trillion in less than a millionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second. Does this mind-boggling amount of sudden inflation not sound more like the flipping of a gigantic yes/no toggle switch?
Thinking of the big bang not as a real event but rather as an observed side effect of the selection process that chose our universe from out of the multiverse landscape of all possible universes is an idea that is beginning to be supported by some mainstream scientists, and in particular the field of digital physics. I've discussed this in blog entries like God 2.0, The Big Bang is an Illusion, The Flexi-Laws of Physics, and What's South of the South Pole?.

With O is for Omniverse, my aim is to distill the ideas we've been talking about with my project into something that appeals more to intuitive/right brain people. The above commentary is for the left brain/analytical thinkers who might be thinking that O is for Omniverse is a simple children's book, when it's much more than that. There is a lot of deep information encapsulated into the images and text of this book, something that even you left brain thinkers will enjoy once you start to delve into what's being discussed more deeply.

Enjoy the journey!

Rob Bryanton

Next: O is for Omniverse - C and D

A direct link to the above video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjR69ddBK78

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