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The answer to life, the universe and everything in it…

I like to think. I like to think about pretty much anything and everything. I also like to write about what I think about, too. Recently, I had cause to put thought to web page on the subject of theoretical physics.

Not that I’m a physicist, theoretical or otherwise. But I sort of know enough to be able to stab at ideas and find myself going in the right direction.

And how might this possible?

Blunt force common sense, logic and a rigorous pursuit thereof.

While doing the rounds this morning, something caught my attention:

“One of the most puzzling aspects of the universe could be explained by something as down-to-earth as soap bubbles.”

Which was to be expanded upon elsewhere:

“The ‘cosmological constant problem’ has a natural analogue in the membrane context: the vanishingly small surface tension of fluid membranes … in the membrane context, where the discreteness of spacetime translates into the molecular structure of matter. We propose analogue experiments to probe a small and fluctuating surface tension in fluid membranes.”

Which sort of sounds like a theory of my own:

“Individually, a bubble is a perfect sphere. A marvel of nature. But what happens when you force these spheres together? As they push against each other, their surfaces become faceted as they make room for those other, adjoining spheres. Faceted like a football or a Buckminsterfullerene, perhaps?

And we see again those recurring patterns across scale and proportion – from the vanishingly small, to the infinitely large.

Could it be that the very same forces at work in the bathroom are the same forces at work in the region beyond the confines of our universe?”

You may find my article to be more easily digestible than the more academic ruminations pointed to earlier.

Want to know another theory of mine? It’s about the fate of the universe and how it ends. Thing is, it doesn’t. That’s just an illusion too…

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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