Is everything in the universe made up of vibrating one-dimensional strings? For the first time, scientists think they can concretely test string theory, the mind-blowing “theory of everything” that has dominated physics for the past two decades. It turns out that string theory predicts the behavior of entangled quantum particles, which can be tested in a lab — therefore testing string theory.
With Avatar, the highest-grossing movie of all time, and the World Cup, the most-watched TV broadcast, both in 3-D, it was only a matter of time until Nintendo, the most popular video game maker in the world, jumped on the three-dimensional bandwagon. And last night, Nintendo confirmed as much, announcing that a 3-D DS will soon hit the market.
Physics can't find the biggest thing in the known universe, so it's looking beyond our paltry three dimensions. Michael Moyer enters the zone of insanely hard mathematics, translates what he finds into plain English, and makes it back alive.
By Michael MoyerPosted 02.17.2004 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
di men sion n 1 : a measure in one direction 2 : the number of variables needed to locate a particle 3 : a property of space, or the space-time continuum, related to extension in a direction.