Rewriting Science: Is the Universe Actually a Multiverse?

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We’ve come to call the larger field that we live in the Universe. The Universe, of course, includes everything: our solar system, our galaxy, all of the other millions of galaxies out there, all of the things we know, all of the things we don’t know – everything. But Universe implies that there is only one, and that all of that matter and information is contained in a single area, even if that area is infinite.

But now, thanks to advanced cosmological technology, we may be on the verge of changing the way we see life, the universe, and everything. According to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, we may be edging nearer and nearer to a new Copernican revolution – one that will push us to see our Universe as a Multiverse. Kaku explains in the above video.

multiverse map

Soon, we’ll have a new tool to see more information about space than ever before: the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, or L.I.S.A, which is a joint NASA-ESA venture. It’s this tool that Kaku and other physicists are hoping will shed more light on the nature of the Universe and tell us whether we actually share infinite space with other “soap bubbles.” L.I.S.A is expected to launch in 2011.

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