The greatest discovery of all time: Scientists may have proven that we live in Matrix!
A group of theoretical physicists at the University of Southampton, with the study of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the radiation that is left over from the Big Bang, believes he has found signs that our universe is nothing more than an illusion!
Essentially, the information composing what we perceive as reality, is "stored" in a surface of two-dimensional (2D), including the time.
This means that what we see and all "experiences" that we have acquired, are nothing but an illusion of our mind.
"Imagine that everything you see, feel and hear in three dimensions, but also the perception that you have the time, in fact from a two-dimensional field," said Professor Costas Skenderis from the University of Southampton.
"The idea is similar to that of ordinary hologram wherein a 3D image is encoded in a 2D surface, such as a hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the whole universe is coded. Another way to understand individual n is through 3D films. While not exactly an example of a hologram, the 3D movies create the illusion of 3D objects from a flat 2D screen. The difference with the 3D universe we live in, is that we can touch the objects and their view is true ... "the professor continues.
While theories of a holographic universe existed since the 1990s, the most recent study, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, contains the first proof, as they say the researchers.
To prove this, the researchers developed various models of the holographic universe so that they can 'check' and ... look back in time even 13 billion years, ie at the extreme limit of the universe.
These models depend on the theory of quantum gravity, a theory that challenges the accepted version of classical gravity. The holographic principle says that gravity comes from subtle, vibrating strings forming holograms in a two-dimensional universe.
Recent advances in telescopes and detection equipment, have enabled scientists to detect a huge amount of data remaining in the Universe from the moment it was created.
Using this information, the team of scientists was able to make comparisons between these characteristics. They found that some of the simplest quantum field theories could explain almost all cosmological observations of the early universe.
This, they claim, removes the 'quantum gravity' from being just an alternative theory and turns it into an acceptable model! And it is the first time that this proves!
Scientists have been working for decades to be able to combine the theory of gravity and quantum theory of Einstein. Some believe that the concept of the holographic universe is able to reconcile the two.
Researchers will continue to study the early universe to provide further evidence for the theory of the hologram and we wait anxiously!
Truly magical moments ...