By: April Carson
You're no doubt familiar with the adage "change is the only constant."
But we'll wager that most individuals do not believe that this law applies to the actual rules of the universe itself. Researchers at Microsoft, along with scientists from Brown University and even one expert who worked on Disney's "Wrinkle in Time," believe that the laws of physics may be gradually changing, making our search to understand the cosmos more difficult.
Popular Mechanics has published a lengthy explanation of a research, titled "The Autodidactic Universe," which was released earlier this year by the group in which they pushed for that wild notion. A self-taught individual, after all, is someone who learns without the help of a mentor or teacher — and these researchers claim that the universe itself might be one.
The paper, which has not yet been reviewed by other experts, states: "We ask whether there may be a mechanism woven into the natural world's fabric through which the universe may learn its laws."
The idea is that the cosmos has been trying to get equilibrium for eternity. PopMech compared animal evolution to it as well. There are no more trilobites or dinosaurs, but cats and dogs have survived due on their ability to adapt to their environment - and so could the cosmos.
The attraction between matter would not have been as strong in an early version of the cosmos, for example. Newton's laws of gravity – that all matter in the universe attracts other matter with a force directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between their centers – may not have been true during this time.
“That system will learn over time, and some fundamental principles will emerge, which is exactly what they're talking about in the paper,” Janna Levin, a physics and astronomy professor at Barnard College of Columbia University who was not involved with the study, told PopMech.
“If the universe is capable of using a particular set of algorithms, then it may be able to do what we see in artificial intelligence, where you have self-learning systems that learn new rules. And by laws of physics, I mean cosmic phenomena such as gravity and electromagnetism.”
The authors of the paper also acknowledged their own doubt and wrote their findings with caution, noting that their work is only a first step towards the development of a new theory and needs additional study.
“Of course, this is just a beginning," the authors continue. “From our technique, there may be several spin-offs.”
It's hard to fathom how the laws of physics might learn and adapt over time. But it demonstrates that the world is stranger than we'll ever comprehend.
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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on bossbabymav.com
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