Have Scientists Found A Parallel Universe Leaking Into Ours
It seems possible that scientists might have discovered a parallel universe bumping up against our own.
(Dr. Ranga-Ram Chary examined the noise)
Dr. Ranga-Ram Chary examined the noise and residual signals
in the cosmic microwave background left over from the Big Bang
and found a number of scattered bright spots which he believes
may be signals of another universe bumping into our own
billions of years ago
Dr. Chary says the signals he has seen suggest the alternate universe may be very different from our own. He says it could have a ratio of subatomic particles called baryons and photons that is about ten times greater than what we see in our own universe. This would mean that the physics in this alternate universe could be quite different from our own.
Dr. Chary explained, “The fine tuning of parameters in the early universe required to reproduce our present day universe suggests that our universe may simply be a region within an eternally inflating super-region. Many other regions beyond our observable universe would exist with each such region governed by a different set of physical parameters than the ones we have measured for our universe.”
Dr. Chary came to his conclusions by using models of the cosmic microwave background and subtracting it from Planck’s pictures of the entire sky. He then removed signals from the stars, gas and dust. With all these removed, all that should have been visible in the images was noise. However, Dr. Chary reports that instead he found scattered patches that were 4,500 times brighter than they should have been. They are thought to come from an era in the universe’s evolution known as recombination, when electrons and protons first combined to create hydrogen. This era has a distinctive spectrum of color due to the limited number of atoms around, and hence has a unique appearance and anomalies can be easily spotted.
Dr. Chary wrote, “The implication is that collision of our Universe with an alternate Universe that has a higher baryon density is responsible for the enhanced recombination line signature.”
The parallel universe idea came into science fiction quite early; HG Wells discussed it in 1923 in his story Men Like Gods:
We conceive ourselves to be living in a parallel universe to yours, on a planet the very brother of your own...
Philip K. Dick's novel Cantata 140, also published as Crack in Space, discussed the possibility of alternate worlds. In the novel, a warp drive malfunction in a "Jiffi-scuttler" tube results in the discovery of an apparently uninhabited alternate world.
The principle underlying the operation of the 'scuttles was a limited form of time travel. Along the tube of his 'scuttler' - it was said - Ellis had found a weak point, a shimmer, at which another continuum completely had been visible. He had stooped down and witnessed a gathering of tiny persons who yammered in speeded-up voices and scampered about in their world just beyond the wall of the tube.
Who are these people? Initially, Ellis had not known, but even so he had engaged in commerce with them; he had accepted sheets - astonishingly thin and tiny - of questions to language-encoding equipment at TD, then, once the foreign script of the tiny people had been translated, taking the questions to one of the corporation's big computers to get them answered. Then back to the Linguistics Department and at last at the end of the day, back up the tube of the Jiffy-scuttler to hand to the tiny people the answers - in their own language - to their questions.
(Philip K. Dick The Crack in Space)
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