Is There More Than One Universe?
Is There More Than One Universe?

In Beyond Science, Epoch Times explores research and accounts related to phenomena and theories that challenge our current knowledge. We delve into ideas that stimulate the imagination and open up new possibilities. Share your thoughts with us on these sometimes controversial topics in the comments section below.

Either the universe is finite, or it is infinite. If it is infinite, says physicist Brian Greene, it means parallel universes most likely exist.

He used a metaphor in explaining the idea to NPR.

Picture the universe as a deck of cards.

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“Now, if you shuffle that deck, there’s just so many orderings that can happen,” Greene said. “If you shuffle that deck enough times, the orders will have to repeat. Similarly, with an infinite universe and only a finite number of complexions of matter, the way in which matter arranges itself has to repeat.”

He said many theorists are taking the possibility of a multiverse seriously, approaching it from different angles. Here are a few of those angles:


1. Bubble Universes

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Tufts University cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin says pockets of space may have begun inflating after the Big Bang, creating many isolated “bubble universes.”

Our bubble stopped inflating, creating certain conditions here in our universe—but others continue to inflate and house physical properties quite different from those in the universe we observe, according to Vilenkin’s theory.


2. Our Universe Is a Hologram Projected From Another Universe

String theory views the universe as a world of very thin, vibrating strings. These strings create the pull currently understood as gravity. The world of strings is understood as a hologram projected from a lower-dimensional cosmos, one that is simpler, flatter, and without gravity.

FOR MORE, See Epoch Times article, Is the Universe a Hologram?


3. Huge Void in Space Could Be Link to Another Universe, Says Physicist

A void in space 1 billion light years across stumped scientists when it was discovered in 2007—then another void spanning 3.5 billion light years was discovered in 2009. These voids cannot be explained by the current understanding of the universe’s structure and evolution.Voids of this size could not have formed in the amount of time following the Big Bang, they would require much more time to form. 

Laura Mersini-Houghton, theoretical physicist and associate professor at the University of North Carolina, told New Scientist: “It is the unmistakable imprint of another universe beyond the edge of our own.” She says quantum entanglement between our universe and another left a void as the universes separated.  

FOR MORE, See Epoch Times article, Colossal ‘Hole’ in Space Could Be Link to Universe Beyond Our Own


4. Parallel Universes That Could Bang Into Each Other

The Big Bang currently theorized to be the origin of the universe, may have been caused by two three-dimensional universes colliding in another dimensional space. The Big Bang may have been one of multiple Big Bangs—the creation of the universe may be cyclical—according to Paul Steinhardt, professor of physics at Princeton University, and Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute in Ontario, Canada.

Their theory is partially based on superstring theory. They are quoted in the description of their book, “Endless Universe Beyond the Big Bang”: “[We] contend that what we think of as the moment of creation was simply part of an infinite cycle of titanic collisions between our universe and a parallel world.”


MORE: How Big is the Universe? How Small Are We in It?


*Concept illustration of parallel universes via Shutterstock

  • xigan

    Those are all very interesting theories, but not a single one of them is falsifiable or will become so in the forseeable future.

  • rg9rts

    Trying to wrap your head around parallel universes is like trying to explain height to a flatlander

    • Denni A

      thanks for the laugh.

  • Denni A

    and what would Mr. Greene call the “space” that contains all these multiverses and forces that govern the behaviors of these individual universes as they travel through that medium.

    I read Brian Greene’s book on String Theory “The Elegant Universe” some years back.
    interesting theory in his quest for the ultimate theory the “Grand Unified Field Theory”
    that connects the particles of electromagnetism and gravity in one equation.

    as xigan points out all these theories are esoteric and interesting but none can be proven or disproved with anything humankind has in its current arsenal of technological advances that would remotely provide any experimental validation to any of these theories.

    • Lindstr7

      I know, but tossing out theories is the first step in scientific discovery no? I remember reading about Einstein watching the clock tower while on a moving trolly and that helped him develop his theory on e=mc2. (I may have misremembered that anecdote so please humor me!) It’s fun stuff in any case!

      • Denni A

        true, but Einstein was able to come up with these theories because they were observable from his point of reference…ie…space/time travel and gravity.
        both of these concepts have a direct effect on us as living beings in this realm we call our universe so we can conduct experiments to test Einstein’s hypothesis. when you start talking about universes beyond our own the concept is so monumental in scope of our limitations from a technical and experimental standpoint. we can’t even imagine or test what happens inside a black hole never mind another universe parallel or otherwise.

        perhaps a black hole is a portal to another universe or some other realm, we will never know, we have been designed with limitations that will never allow us to explore those boundaries….however if you read Ray Kurzweil’s books
        he describes a world where man and machine are combined as one…who knows that may be the way to new exploration and other multiverse possibilities.

    • VincentTPackhorse

      “…and what would Mr. Greene call the “space” that contains all these multiverses…”

      It is actually referred to as “THE BULK.”


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  • C.Webb

    The Universe and everything in it is God’s creation. Job 41:11

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