Of Black Holes and Glittering Stars: The Theory of Everything and Hollywood Physics

November 12, 2014 8:30 PM

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Cosmologists often debate the notion of a "multiverse": could it be that our universe is but one of many? Perhaps infinite numbers of other universes sputter and blink in and out of existence all the time, some of them eerily similar to the one in which we find ourselves, others with radically different conditions and governing laws.

Last week I became convinced that the multiverse notion must be true, when I found myself standing on a red carpet, posing with actor Eddie Redmayne amid a torrent of flashing cameras. There's no way that could have happened in this universe. Not to worry; the following picture should allay any conc...

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