I Travelled Into the Future Yesterday, and Here I Am

Wired Science has a fascinating interview with Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist at Caltech studying the nature of time.

If you find an egg in your refrigerator, you’re not surprised. You don’t say, “Wow, that’s a low-entropy configuration. That’s unusual,” because you know that the egg is not alone in the universe. It came out of a chicken, which is part of a farm, which is part of the biosphere, etc., etc. But with the universe, we don’t have that appeal to make. We can’t say that the universe is part of something else. But that’s exactly what I’m saying. I’m fitting in with a line of thought in modern cosmology that says that the observable universe is not all there is. It’s part of a bigger multiverse. The Big Bang was not the beginning.And if that’s true, it changes the question you’re trying to ask. It’s not, “Why did the universe begin with low entropy?” It’s, “Why did part of the universe go through a phase with low entropy?” And that might be easier to answer.

Mind-blowing stuff. I like Einstein’s response when asked what exactly time is. He said it’s what a clock measures.

What is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory [Wired Science]


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