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Feature Guest: Dan Falk
What if everything we see in our universe is not all that there is. The concept of the multiverse has captured the imagination of both physicists and cosmologists, but for very different reasons. According to the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, every quantum event triggers the creation of new parallel universes. Meanwhile many cosmologists studying the beginning of the universe have come to believe that inflation is an eternal process forever creating new universes.
The quantum mechanical wave-function and cosmological inflation seem worlds apart. But what if these two dramatically different models were pointing to one and the same multiverse? In this second of our two part conversation, science reporter Dan Falk rejoins us here at The Star Spot to discuss this startling possibility.
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About Our Guest
Dan Falk is an award winning science journalist and broadcaster. He’s been published very broadly, including in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Cosmos magazine, and New Scientist, and has contributed to CBC and TV Ontario science programming. Dan Falk is also the author of three books, including In Search of Time: Journeys Along a Curious Dimension, Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, and The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe. He co-hosts the BookLab podcast
The Multiple Multiverses May Be One And the Same (Nautilus)
The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes–and Its Implications (author: David Deutsch)
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I was listening to Episode 128 about multiverses. Dan Falk was trying to argue that the Edwardian quantum universes were equivalent to what I will call the infinite Big Bang universe. It is my understanding that every time there is a quantum event in the Edwardian multiverse, there would be a new big bang universe split off. At that rate, there seems to be a wild difference between the two. (Personally I just cannot wrap my head around the Edwardian multiverse)