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The universe as a 4-dimensional pinball game The universe as a 4-dimensional pinball game
by Joseph Gatt
2020-12-02 10:33:19
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Parts of the universe explained in simple and simplistic terms. Just for fun, entertainment, and understanding where we're from.

-If you were like me, you played pinball as a kid, and played pinball back when the only alternative was Solitaire or the Queen of Spades on Windows.

univ_400-Imagine a 4 dimensional pinball set. Like a transparent box. Imagine you had rocks instead of pinballs. Rocks fly around. They fall, the fly through from all directions at high speed.

-When the rocks collide, the friction ignites a fire. The fire releases gas to help keep regenerating itself. The fire grows, releases powerful smoke, the smoke “traps” the rocks, forcing the rocks to fly around the fire in motion.

-Other rocks fly around, collide, and just destroy each other.

-Sometimes the fire runs out of gas, and the cool air turns the fire into a rock. Rock falls down, collides with other rocks, and the either ignites a fire, or shatters the rock into pieces.

-So the formation of the Sun, and stars, is most likely caused by the friction between rocks that fly around the universe. The rocks hit each other at the tip, or brush against each other, barely touching each other. Just like the cavemen used to start fires by brushing stones against each other, stars are born when rocks brush against each other.

-The stars then maintain their fire by releasing helium and nitrogen that helps to generate the fire, all that while fighting off the cooling of the air (technically waves). When there are too many cool waves and not enough helium and nitrogen to help the stars regenerate their fire, they cool off, they lose their fire, either turn into rocks, or fade away in black holes. The black hole is when the fire extinguishes completely. But in many cases the cool air transforms the fire into a rock.

-We tend to imagine stars as this tiny object because that's what they look like from our Earthly skies. They are in fact bigger than us, in some cases bigger than our planet, in some cases bigger than our Sun.

-So when stars emit fire, they emit waves (call it “smoke” if you want to). The “smoke” is so powerful that when a rock comes flying by, it gets “trapped” by the smoke, and has to circle around the smoke. And there you have our solar system! Our planet Earth is just trapped by the Sun's smoke! If the Sun quits smoking, our planet will fall down, deep down, until reaching some other galaxy, further down, even further down, until it perhaps gets trapped by another star. Or we could collide with another rock, and our planet will get shredded into pieces. Won't happen for another few billion years, and that's enough time to watch every single YouTube Video and Netflix series that ever was.

-Waves. Our galaxy is made up of waves that enable planets to move around, the Sun to emit light, objects to fall and fly around.

-What's a simple way to explain waves? If I look outside my window, I won't see what's happened at the very same moment I look out the window. The light waves that enable me to see people and buildings outside actually travel rather fast, but my vision is about a tenth of a second late.

-Same goes for air waves. If we start chatting, you will hear what I said with a belated tenth of a second, from the time I emit the sounds to the time they reach your auditory system.

-So waves enable sound to travel, light to travel, and objects to travel.

-But waves are a little tricky. Notice that when there are strong winds outside, we barely hear each other. When there's fog outside, we don't get a clear picture of what goes on outside.

-On our planet, the wind and fog plays a slight role in “playing” with the time sound reaches our ears or light reaching our vision. Fast winds mean I'll hear you faster. Absence of wind means I'll hear you slower. Mike Powell, in Tokyo in 1991, beat the world long jump record in 8 meters and 95 centimeters. If you look up the video on YouTube of that epic contest (just before him Carl Lewis had broken the world record in 8 meters and 91 centimeters, minutes before Powell's prowess) you'll notice Mike Powell realizing he made a tremendous jump, and immediately looking at the wind indicator to see if the wind was neutral. I think any wind over a meter a second disqualifies your world record.

-In 1996 Ivan Pedroso broke Powell's record by jumping 8 meters and 96 centimeters, but the record was disqualified because of strong winds favorable to Pedroso.

-So the universe is made of waves that don't travel around at an equal speed. Some waves slow down the movement of rocks, others affect the regeneration of fire in the stars, others favor rocks flying around faster, while others favor more fire emissions by the stars.

-Sometimes those waves are so slow, that you see the distant past. Sometimes the waves are so fast, that you see the near or distant future. Sometimes you get trapped in those waves, and when you come out, you are either in the distant past or distant future.

-This is what Michio Kaku and others call “parallel universes.” That is, because some waves are very, very slow and others very, very fast, if you get trapped in those waves, and that you crawl your way out of them, you end up in the distant past or future.

-The universe works in complicated ways. I'll finish by saying that the further we move in the universe, the more likely we'll find other features. Maybe when rocks collide in some universes water splashes out of them, or dust spreads around, or some kind of liquid or gas leads to some kind of chemical reaction that gives birth to some kind of object (or life form) that we have no idea exists or can't imagine.

-To finish, I would really spend all the time I have studying the universe if I could. But I try not to be like Ross Geller from Friends lecturing about paleontology when no one cares. But the secrets of the universe do fascinate me.

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