What is the Secret of The Universe?
What is the secret of the universe?
Well, Im not going to tell you here, silly! You have to buy the book!
To be specific, the secret of the universe is revealed on the first page of Chapter Twenty. It is on this page that Virgil Kirk, the author of the craps system WIN BY LOSING, tells the main character of the novel, Danny Pellegrino, how the universe really works. To fully understand Virgils theory, you have to read it in context.
But Ill give you a hint...
The secret of the universe has to do with quantum mechanics and computer technology. As scientists have delved deeper and deeper into the nature of subatomic particles, theyve discovered that, in the words of Gertrude Stein, there is no there there.
Subatomic particles, the so-called building blocks of the universe, are, it turns out, not even particles at all. They are not hard little bits of matter. They are ideas, systems, formulas, information, energy.
In recent years, conventional physicists have taken this fact and developed something they call String Theory.
The good news is that String Theory appears to be the long-awaited Holy Grail of modern physics, a unified field theory. In other words, it is a single theory that explains both the behavior of subatomic particles at the quantum level, and the behavior of planets, stars, asteroids, and other large objects in outer space. It even explains why that apple smacked Isaac Newton on the head!
Thats the good news. The bad news is that its easier to believe in Harry Potters school of wizardry than it is to believe in String Theory.
To make String Theory work, for example, you must first believe that the universe has 17 invisible dimensions! You must believe that a string is so small that it bears the same relationship to the size of an atom that an oak tree bears to the size of the known physical universe. Man, were talkin small!
There is a simpler, more elegant explanation.
That explanation has been put forward by Edward Fredkin, a maverick physicist and former professor at the Massachussets Institute of Technology. Fredkins theories first came to wide public attention with the publication of an article entitled Did the Universe Just Happen? in the The Atlantic Monthly.
Perhaps a better way to familiarize yourself with Fredkins theories is to buy a copy of the book THREE SCIENTISTS AND THEIR GODS by Robert Wright. Its out of print but still available on Amazon.com.
Do God and religion play a role in all this?
You better believe it! Professor Fredkin wont comment on the matter, but an enterprising gentleman by the name of Ross Rhodes has created a website called www.bottomlayer.com where he draws a very plausible connection between Fredkins theories and the story of Christianity. Its now possible, in other words, to believe in the most cutting-edge theories of contemporary physics ... and also to believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ.
Its complicated stuff, to be sure. But, of course, the simplest way to understand it all is to buy a copy of GOD DOESNT SHOOT CRAPS!
THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY:
AMAZON.COM/THREE SCIENTISTS AND THEIR GODS:
THE BOTTOM LAYER WEBSITE:
GOD DOESNT SHOOT CRAPS: