Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Ahh… Quantum Mechanics. (Part Three)

String Theory to the rescue!! Ta Da!! In string theory the constituents that make up everything in the universe are tiny (and I mean tiny!) vibrating strings. These strings contain the information that were sucked into the black hole’s singularity. Please don’t ask me how. I don’t know. A little faith here. I’ll get that info as soon as I can.

String cheese and string theory? Not the same thing. See string theory is a complex set of theories that say that the smallest, smallest, smallest, smallest… (Need I go on? OK Smallest!) thing that can ever be is a string. Right now. String. Purely Mathematical. Can’t be proved except mathematically. Can’t be seen except mathematically. Can’t even really be described in any physical sense except, that’s right… Mathematically. OK it’s a string. We all know strings but it’s a special string that exists in like 10 dimensions. So try describing that. As a matter of fact string theory predicts the existence of many dimensions above the usual four. Four?

Space-time is the four dimensional universe we live in. It’s all three dimensions you’re used two which are directional and then time. A drawing is two-dimensional. A movie is actually three-dimensional in a way. Life is four-dimensional. That’s as simply as I can put it. But for String Theory there are up to ten or more dimensions needed to explain the theory. It also tries to explain Quantum Gravity. But I digress.

So Hawking, the genie in the bottle, says that black holes hide the information that goes into it in the singularity but they also radiate. He conceded the point and paid his debt to John Preskill, which in a weird way symbolizes the debt paid to the universe when virtual particles appear and disappear. Good thing Preskill and Hawking aren’t virtual particles. (Or Antimatter and Matter for that umm… matter.)

The End?



The Phoenix said...

Yeah, I remember all that hoopla a couple years ago maybe?

Isn't Hawking the guy in the wheelchair? Or am I getting him mixed up with someone else?

ObilonKenobi said...

Hawking is the guy in the wheel chair. He has ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He also holds the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge which is the same position held by Isaac Newton. He was the author of A Brief History of Time, a Best Seller. He has also guest starred in many TV shows as himself including Star Trek, multiple episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama. Despite his disability he has accomplished great things and is one of my living heroes.

The Phoenix said...

OK, I remember watching something about him and having to ante up from his wager.

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Kyle Stemen said...

I never understood string theory (still don't). I look forward to seeing some more info on it on your blog.

Isn't there more than one string theory? Is there any physical evidence for any of them yet?

ObilonKenobi said...

I look forward to explaining it to you.

melly said...

Okay, as promised I came back and read part 2 & 3.
These are good articles. I enjoyed them :)

Now on to Art in America...

ObilonKenobi said...


Thanks for reading!