The Universe might be a holographic projection

Researchers have found evidence that we all may have been living in a big hologram of the universe.

Professor Kostas Skenderis at the University of Southampton explains it:

“Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions (and your perception of time) in fact emanates from a flat two-dimensional field,” he said. “The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the entire universe is encoded!”

With the help of an international team of physicists, he found evidence of the holographic universe within irregularities in the cosmic microwave background.

The first time such idea was postulated was by the Physicist Leonard Susskind.He said the concept means you may exist at the same time both here and on the edge of the universe where your two-dimensional version is being projected into this 3D version of reality.

The theory can help find the missing link between Einstein’s ideas about gravity and quantum physics, which aren’t totally compatible. The mathematics dont add up with our knowledge of the universe, like galaxies and black holes.

“Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein’s theory of gravity and quantum theory. Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two,” said Skenderis.

“We are proposing using this holographic universe, which is a very different model of the Big Bang than the popularly accepted one that relies on gravity and inflation,” said lead author Niayesh Afshordi, who is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo.

“Each of these models makes distinct predictions that we can test as we refine our data and improve our theoretical understanding — all within the next five years.”

Other researchers in Chicago have been making experiments to test this theory in the past few years.

Afshordi says the data they have will be refined and their conclusions published in the next five years.

Source : cnet.com