Stephen Hawking, a world-famous physicist, submitted a research paper just two weeks before his death that suggests parallel Universes and predicts the end of this one.
Hawking and his co-author Thomas Hertog published their findings in “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation,” which describes how scientists may be able to detect other universes using a spaceship. According to Hertog, Hawking completed the paper from his deathbed, leaving behind a legacy worthy of the Nobel Prize.
“He has often been nominated for the Nobel and should have won it. Now he never can,” he told the Sunday Times.
Hawking uses the “no boundary theory”
he developed with physicist James Hartle to explain how the Earth rushed into existence during the Big Bang. According to his view, the Big Bang phenomena was accompanied by several “Big Bangs,” so creating multiple worlds.
Although measuring the multiverse is thought to be impossible, Hawking’s final research explores how these universes could be discovered using a probe on a spaceship. (Someone should tell Elon Musk.)
Hawking was inspired
to write the paper, according to Hertog, because they both wanted to give the concept of the multiverse a “testable scientific framework.” The inflation theory, which states that the universe expanded exponentially after the Big Bang and then continued to expand at a slower rate, is still thought to be impossible to test. But Hawking’s final paper offers a theory that can be tested, making it a ground-breaking shift in how the concept of the multiverse can be approached.
The most controversial aspect of Hawking’s paper,
however, is his prediction of how the universe will end. According to Hawking, the universe will eventually fade into blackness, similar to a star running out of energy. The theory is not a fan favorite among some cosmologists and received mixed reviews from peers.
Despite this, Hawking never stopped warning people about the doom of the cosmos. Hawking made a speech at the Starmus Festival in June in which he urged people to find a means to leave Earth before it’s too late.
“We are running out of space, and the only place we can go to are other worlds,” Hawking said. “It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves.”
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