We probably live in a multiverse

March 27, 2014 12:40 PM

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The physics community is still abuzz after the recent announcement of the first concrete evidence for the so-called inflation theory of the Big Bang. However, the patterns detected in the cosmic background radiation might provide evidence for more than the Big Bang. Scientists are finding that the intensity of inflation suggested by the newly discovered B-mode polarization lends credence to the idea of a multiverse — that this universe is just one of many.

A multiverse was first seriously considered when the inflation theory was developed in 1980 by physicist Alan Guth. The idea goes as such: just because the part of the universe we see has settled down, that doesn’t mean the same energy responsible for the inflation couldn’t go on to cause inflation ...

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