Tuesday, July 17, 2007

You don't need to see my credentials.

Man, forget DC bringing back (and subsequently screwing up) the multiverse, this guy is trying to prove that it really exists!

From a CNN.com story on Geniuses Who Will Change Your Life :
Nima Arkani-Hamed thinks big. He has a theory that our universe is one of an infinite number of universes -- meaning the largest thing we can wrap our minds around is actually pretty tiny
He didn't pull the "multiverse" out of thin air, though. After becoming a Harvard professor at age 30, Arkani-Hamed first made a name for himself by suggesting that our universe is five-dimensional. Then he moved on to the multiverse, theorizing that our own universe has a hidden feature called "split supersymmetry," which means that half of all particles have partner particles.

The theory will be tested soon in Switzerland's brand-new Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and if the LHC finds Arkani-Hamed's partner particles, it could prove that the multiverse is real -- and that our place in it is that much smaller.

Are you fucking kidding me?!
This has got to be one of the most exciting scientific news things I've ever heard.
Of course, that means it also has the potential to be the most terrifying.

For no reason other than the tenuous DC/multiverse connection, here is a picture of a young Superman (we can't call him that other name any more) I did a while back and never got around to putting up here.
It's different. Feel free to let me know what you think.


josh said...

that's actually very scary.

and as always, your interpretation of superman (superlad?) is great.

chrishaley said...

Thanks a lot, man.
I've still got stuff of yours to post as well.

Joel Priddy said...

This is why DC's previous lack of a multiverse, and their present 52verse bugs me. The notion of parallel universes splitting off to follow the path of every possible outcome of every event, down to an electron jumping left or right, is a pretty established bit of quantum theory.

It made sense to collapse the multiverse when they did, because people were drowning in continuity that they could never catch up on. But, in the present era of reprints galore, it's relatively cheap and easy to get the whole complicated, multi-branched history under your belt. So, I say: Throw open the doors! Let all the universes in! If you want to concentrate on a relatively small number, that's fine. You can say that only 52 of them are easily accessible from the DCU. BUt capping any cosmic phenomenon at a number like 52 is just kooky.

Especially when we all know that they only came up with that to excuse using the working title for a weekly comic.

Anyway, the exciting news is that they've found a way to test the multiverse theory. Very, very cool. I'm assuming we're only months away from invasion by dinosaurs flying biplanes.

chrishaley said...

Joel - And as we all know (thanks to Calvin) there's nothing cooler than dinoaurs in flying machines.

chrishaley said...

Oh, also, 52 was one of the weakest, cop-out-est titles for a comic ever. And their, BS acting like that was what it was called on purpose. For shame.

josh said...

if there really is a multiverse, will we all start drowning in continuity as well? like, i'm supposed to have graduated from college, but in the multiverse, another version of me hasn't yet. what will that do? there'll be madness all around!

and if you're talking about stuff of yours i colored long ago, you might want to rethink posting it, because some of it was BAD. though i do still dig the "monster" in the flowers.