WATERLOO, Ontario — Are we the product of a hologram? A new study finds that our universe may have been two-dimensional before the big bang reorganized life as we know it.
Published in the Jan. 27 edition of the journal Physical Review Letter, the study details a stunning theory that can compromise one’s existential stability. Scientists from England, Canada and Italy have become more convinced that our universe, and everything in it, may be a result of holographic manifestation.
Kostas Skenderis, one of the authors of the research report, compares the theory to something that we’re all familiar with in order to simplify the concept.
“The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However this time, the entire universe is encoded,” he told CBC News.
The group examined measurements that were gathered by the Planck telescope, which was capable of mapping out cosmic microwave background radiation that still lingers as result of the big bang. Skenderis said that the team conducted the research based on the youngest stages of the universe.
“When you combine quantum mechanics and general relativity, the best description in terms of this two-dimension theory, one way to test this result is to take a look at the very early universe,” he said.
Two of the most widely accepted concepts in the science community, quantum mechanics and general relativity, happen to be very contradictory to one another in representing the nature of our universe. By theorizing the removal of a one of the spatial dimensions, the two theories are more acquiescent.
Niayesh Afshordi, the lead author of the published analysis, would take this theory to the bank.
“I would argue that this is the simplest theory of the early universe. And so far, this is as simple as it gets,” he told CBC News. But don’t have a complete existential meltdown. Afshordi reassured us by letting us know we’re probably still real. “As far as you’re concerned, you do exist”.
H/T CBC News