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The Theory of Everything.
or not mainstream science is sometimes accused of being
restrictive, myopic and highly unimaginative. Accusations
which all give way when we consider the mind blowing
implications behind one of sciences most sensational ideas
- The String Theory.
The String Theory - an astonishing work of scientific
deduction, heralded as The Theory of Everything, claims
that aside from the three dimensions we know and take for
granted lie countless others that may exist remarkably
close to us yet remain totally invisible.
These extra dimensions might well represent other and
profoundly different forms of life where our own laws of
physics are replaced by others that are so much stranger.
Under this theory it is even possible there may be other
dimensions like our own - a mirror image of this Universe
we know and take for granted. But is the String Theory
scientifically viable or is it merely a case of Fantasy
Mathematics. To answer this lets take a closer look at what
the String Theory really says.
Not too long ago the intellectual concept of the Universe
was much more confined with equally confined ideas to
explain it. Under this notion the smallest parts of atoms
were point particles outside of which
Electrons over an interior composed of Protons and
Neutrons. These were thought to be indivisible but String
Theory says otherwise. It claims that at the heart of
matter lie tiny corks made up of vibrating strings that are
either open ended or closed in loops.
These strings are thought to be highly versatile, vibrating
in limitless patterns to create all the fundamental
particles of nature. It is thought that by understanding
the rhythm of strings it is theoretically possible to
understand all the forces of nature and has the unique
potential to be known as “A unified theory of everything.”
The most exciting assertion of all is that these string
loops are said to be capable of travelling between
dimensions, creating a crack in time. In effect a worm hole
between two or more separate dimensions.
Separate Theories and The M theory
Although String Theory has become vastly popular the
pioneering mathematicians who first thought of it laboured
for years in strict isolation. One of the most baffling
enigmas was the early realisation that there seemed to be
at least five separate String Theories. This difficulty
persisted until the brilliant physicist Edward Witten
showed this to be merely five separate ways of looking at
the same problem. It was at this point that the String
Theory really gained widespread renown and respectability,
and became renamed by Witten as the M theory which he
cryptically explained as being M for Magic, Mystery and
Theory and the extra dimensions.
From this point onwards the M Theory as it was now known
became so much more exciting. Until then String Theory
allowed for ten separate
but the M Theory added one more to the equation.
This was important because this extra dimension allowed for
strings to stretch. These Branes, as they were now called
could grow and stretch to enormous sizes - probably even as
great as the Universe itself. Even more bewildering was the
discovery that while these Branes could be so unbelievably
long they were in reality very thin indeed - probably no
more than a millimeter or two in width.
within a dimension.
The existence of an extra dimension led to the exciting
conclusion that other dimensions could be as close to us as
our own skin and we would be totally unaware of their
existence. This is because we are essentially trapped
within our own dimension so that particles are unable to
interact with any of the other dimensions even though they
might lie within very close proximity. Theorists have
explained this lack of inter dimensional passage in terms
of the physical nature of the strings which in most cases
is an open ended loop that binds matter to our dimension
rather like glue binds to the surface that it bonds with.
Mystery of Gravity.
So is it entirely impossible for inter dimensional activity
to take place? For some time it seemed that it was, but
then the answer appeared to come through one of the most
mystifying forces of nature - gravity! Gravity has always
baffled scientists and astronomers because although it
binds the courses of the stars and the planets it is
essentially a very weak force. Yet it seemed to the String
Theorists that here was an answer for this weakness because
gravitons with their closed loops were not tied down and
appeared exactly the sort of force that could quite
literally seep away into another dimension.
The next course of enquiry seemed im
apparent - to capture the exact moment at which gravitons
escape our dimension. This is where Fermilab The National
Accelerator Laboratory in The United States began to take
If particles could be smashed into one another fast enough
it seemed feasible that eventually a record of the missing
gravitons could be captured at the instant they drifted
into this other dimension
Until now this has not proved possible but within the not
too distant future an even faster accelerator The Large
Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cerne in Switzerland will come
In 2007 this will inaugurate a brand new atom smashing
machine that will be so much more powerful, a particle
accelerator “which will probe deeper into matter than ever
Theory and The Big Bang.
The whole concept of the String Theory has led to a
wholesale reappraisal of another great theory - the Big
Bang. For many years this was taken as a definitive view of
how the Universe came into being. However the String Theory
has always had its objectors and even our own feature on
the subject reveals the glaring shortcomings this idea
Proponents of the String theory however believe that the
Big Bang was not the “one time only” event that was
fact to them the Big Bang may have been just one of
hundreds, possibly thousands of similar events.
They speculate that the Big Bang was surely not the
beginning of all matter but simply the creation of this
Universe at the moment when two separate dimensions
collided with one another. A process which may have
happened countless thousands of times.
There are even those who believe that an entire Universe
may be created and brought into being in the context of a
laboratory setting. Others (see heading below) respond by
arguing that the dangers of such research are far too
considerable for us to undertake research into areas
we barely understand.
If indeed it is possible for a whole Universe to be created
by particle collision then it raises far reaching
implications for our entire view of the meaning of life and
our place in the grand order of the Cosmos. Previously held
beliefs will be challenged as never before and it seems
that here we enter into the realms of a mystery not limited
by imagination but one that extends in limitless directions
to possibly millions of separate universes consisting of a
myriad of branes held together inside a far greater
There is some evidence that ancient societies may have
understood the concept of inter dimensional travel far
better than we do today. Many of the great ancient sites
were set in harmony to each other, along shared lines of
Earth energy known as Ley Lines.
It is possible that some property associated with this
power and the way it was channelled enabled passage or
contact with other dimensions. We have seen that gravity
possesses many strange qualities and perhaps one function
of ancient structures like standing stones and circles,
possibly even the pyramids, was to harness these properties
to facilitate communication or travel with other
In conclusion we should sound a cautionary note. The fact
is that although String Theory is mathematically sound and
proves that other dimensions could exist it is not the same
as actually knowing they exist for certain. This is after
all a theory, and many brilliant theories have later shown
themselves to be completely wrong. Where the String Theory
differs is that the mathematical perfection it entails is
of the sort that is rarely found wanting in future
discoveries. In essence the evidence points to an opening
door of the sort that could massively transform everything
we know and take for granted about the world and the
Universe around us.