Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Is the Universe a Giant Hologram?

Well here is something to twist your head sideways. From NewScientist is an article that describes some startling conclusions about the makeup of space/time from scientists involved with the GEO600 experiment. This experiment, for the last 7 years, has been looking for gravitational waves, ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes, but has been unsuccessful. But now, here is where it gets weird.... you see for quite a while, the scientists running the GEO600 experiment have been inexplicably plagued by noise. This noise, according to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab comes from the fundamental limit of space-time - the point where space-time stops behaving like the universe Einstein described and instead dissolves into something akin to pixels.

Hogan said:
  • "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram."
As absurd as this sounds, it has gone a long way towards helping scientists studying super massive objects like black holes answer some pretty vexing questions of how the universe works on its most fundamental levels.

The article over on New Scientist really goes into great detail and is an excellent read, you really should go Here to read more. Worth your time for sure.

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