Have you ever wondered, “How would I react to this situation in an alternate universe?” We think that maybe our fortunes would be misfortunes, and that our losses might turn into gains in an alternate universe. Well, guess what; research shows that parallel worlds probably do exist. Let’s explore all the research that suggests the existence of parallel universes and what they would operate like.
Max Planck, a physicist in the early 1900s can be called the father of quantum physics, as he is the one who can be accounted to introducing this study into the scientific world. He was also the recipient for the 1918 Nobel Prize because of his quantum theory of energy. His study actually revealed a lot about quantum physics laws that do not relate to the traditional physical laws, and led to a deeper level of understanding to laws that are at work in the world and universe at large.
Hugh Everett III
In the 1950s, Hugh Everett III introduced the idea of parallel universes to the public. His ‘many worlds interpretation’ which he also called his “relative state” formula, gave way to the idea of parallel universes that operate exactly like ours. The basic underlying concept of the theory is that there are universes that are branching off of our universe, and our universe is also related to others before us. Every universe has outcomes that are unknown to ours. Wars may never have happened in other another adaptation of our world. We might be extinct while some animal species that are already extinct may be roaming around the other universes. The possibilities are endless.
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
Everett’s theory was the first step to understanding quantum matter. Quantum physics largely involves the study of the world at the quantum level, which leads to discovering some things that we might find unusual and that could open up a whole world of possibilities (aka parallel worlds). Scientists have studied photons and observed that even these tiny light particles show shape-shifting behaviors, as they are made up of particles and waves. Thus, came the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle that was suggest by Werner Heisenberg, a renowned physicist. He believed that even just studying quantum matter can affect and change the behaviour of the matter, meaning we can never be completely certain of a quantum object’s attributes or nature such as location and velocity.
Physicist Niels Bohr further studied this phenomenon. His studies show that quantum particles do not exist only in one state or the other, but they exist in all possible states all at once. The wave function is known as the complete number of possible states that a quantum object can be in. The quantum object existing in all possible states all at once is known as its superposition. Bohr also stated that observing a quantum object can even affect its behavior. Which translates as observation breaking a quantum object’s superposition which forces it to choose one of the states from its wave function.
Bohr’s theory is widely accepted by the science world. However, the idea of alternate universes were only seen to be limited to movies and TV shows, but even more recent research shows that parallel worlds do likely exist.