posted on Jun, 20 2008 @ 07:18 PM
this being my first post ive been quite intrigued by physics for as long as i can remember. that being said ive "zoned" in on a particular set of
these theorems known as superstring theory and vastly more intruiging "M" theory
In physics, M-theory is a proposal that unifies the five ten-dimensional superstring theories as limits of a single 11-dimensional theory. Though a
full description of the theory is not yet known, the low-energy dynamics are known to be supergravity interacting with 2- and 5-dimensional membranes.
This theory is the unique supersymmetric theory in eleven dimensions, with its low-energy matter content and interactions fully determined.
Drawing on the work of a number of string theorists (including Ashoke Sen, Chris Hull, Paul Townsend, Michael Duff and John Schwarz); Edward Witten of
the Institute for Advanced Study suggested its existence at a conference at USC in 1995, and used M-theory to explain a number of previously observed
dualities, sparking a flurry of new research in string theory called the second superstring revolution.
According to Witten and others, the M in M-theory could stand for master, mathematical, mother, mystery, membrane, magic, or matrix. Witten
reluctantly admits the M in M-theory can also stand for murky due to the fact that the level of understanding of the theory is so primitive.
In the early 1990s, it was shown that the various superstring theories were related by dualities, which allow physicists to relate the description of
an object in one super string theory to the description of a different object in another super string theory. These relationships imply that each of
the super string theories is a different aspect of a single underlying theory, proposed by Witten, and named "M-theory".
M-theory is not yet complete; however it can be applied in many situations (usually by exploiting string theoretic dualities. Witten has suggested
that a general formulation of M-theory will probably require the development of new mathematical language. However, some scientists have questioned
the tangible successes of M-theory given its current incompleteness, and limited predictive power, even after so many years of intense research.
the idea that we are but one slice of bread in a loaf a.k.a "the bulk" is utterly mind blowing being unable to sufficiently explain this in my own
words there is a video series called Elegant Universe while only scratching the surface of the underlying principles i find it to be a good start for
anyone who is curious and would like to start a dialouge about thoughts on the subject.
on a side note and this is obviously much more speculation than the rest of quantum mechanics but anyway if your really want a good mental orgasm for
lack of a better term seek out the film "what the bleep do we know down the rabbit hole"