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Thursday, February 5, 2009

You Aren't Going To Like This

Several nations, Germany among them, are trying to measure gravity waves that can, as it is postulated, be caused by super novas or merging black holes. The method that has the most chance of detecting these unseen waves seems to involve two beams of split coherent light shined down mirror ended trackways set at right angles with known multi kilometer distances. The beams are recombined, and the interference pattern should detect the elusive waves. Funny thing happened. A white noise like background interference that cannot be explained or tuned out. 

While waiting to iron this little wrinkle out, on the other side of the world Craig Hogan at FermiLab had an idea on how to test the untestable. The Holographic M theory universe.  These guys MAY have found evidence proving all of existence may well be painted on an enormous two dimensional membrane in quantum grains of space/time. Those grains have a sub Planc radius that make them insanely small. I'm talking the size of a proton is to one of these grains as a grain of sand is to our galaxy.

Living on this Membrane or "brame" universe makes no sense from our vantage, but is rooted in observation and mathematics. And you thought  "Lost" was hard to wrap your mind around. M theory has the potential to explain both quantum mechanics and gravity in the same neat package. Cool. 

I've been reading about physics for thirty years, and for the first time I think the guys are really looking at the road to the theory of everything. Remember, I'm the grossest amateur so read really dumbed down versions of this stuff, but real scientists live to shoot their colleagues' out of the saddle so if the M Theory folks are wrong, it won't take long for the scientific method to correct the error. That's the beauty of the scientific method.

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