All the Universe Is ... Just a Hologram?
New physics research might prove Maldacena's hologram theory
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2013 11:56 AM CST
A supermassive black hole in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 1365.   (AP Photo/Guido Risaliti, Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory)

(Newser) – Prepare for a head trip: The universe may actually be a hologram and everything you see an illusion, according to new research that could prove gravity comes from thin, vibrating strings—holograms of events in a simpler, flatter cosmos. It was an idea first put forth by physicist Juan Maldacena in 1997, but never tested until now. Japanese researchers now have mathematical evidence, via two studies on black holes, that this hologram theory may in fact be right. If proven, it would solve inconsistencies in Einstein's theory of gravity, and be a "solid footing" for string theory, Nature reports.

The Daily Mail likens the theory to the security chip on your credit card: It's a 2D surface that has all the data needed to describe a 3D object. Basically, all the information about our universe is stored in a flattened version that projects everything we see. Trippy, right? The new research shows "that the thermodynamics of certain black holes can be reproduced from a lower-dimensional universe," says physicist Leonard Susskind, but the universes explored by the team don't look like our own, Maldacena notes. Still, it does show hope that our universe can be explained by a similar theory, he adds. Or as Gawker puts it, "Make of the findings what you will. We'll just be over here having an existential crisis."

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Lou Bernardo
Dec 17, 2013 2:33 PM CST
When intelligence fails just say god did it. It's the easy way out of thinking and investigating anything you can explain logically.
Maxx Katt
Dec 15, 2013 10:48 AM CST
Overpaid, over educated liberals who just want to get published rather than do real science. Much like the global warming joke.
DLinz
Dec 15, 2013 8:10 AM CST
For me......, I'll just go with God and let the self absorbed scientists have fun with their mental gymnastics and their jobs.