The science behind “everything everywhere at once”
‘All Everywhere All At Oncereceived seven awards Oscar Sunday and although it is science fiction, the film’s plot combines two theories supported by physicists about the multiverse.
The award-winning film is dedicated to Evelyn Wang (played by Michelle Yeoh)who must bond with parallel universe versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from destroying the multiverse.
The multiverse is the theory that our universe may not be the only one, but one of an infinite number of parallel universes containing an infinite number of versions of ourselves.
The filmmakers stated that they drew inspiration from the interpretation of the many worlds and the space bubble theory.
One suggests that when you make a decision, you split the universe in two, and the other goes back to when the universe was formed in the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.
“Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” focuses on Evelyn Wang (played by Michelle Yeoh), who must bond with parallel universe versions of herself to stop a powerful being from destroying the multiverse.
All at Once was written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who call themselves The Daniels.
In an interview with The newspaper “New York TimesThe Daniels reveal how the film combines two multiverse theories.
“It’s fun to imagine both versions,” Kwan said. “They both point to infinity, or just point to the unknown.”
The many-worlds interpretation supports the idea that there are multiple versions of ourselves, which has been developed by several physicists at prominent research centers such as the University of Oxford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The concept was developed by Hugh Everett in the late 1950s, who developed the idea for his doctoral dissertation.
This interpretation suggests that each event can have more than one outcome, causing reality to split and branch, creating new universes in which alternate events take place.
This was told by Max Tegmark, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a supporter of this idea. Washington Post: “Actually, when I get a parking ticket, I try to think, ‘Hey, there’s another version of a parallel universe where I didn’t get a ticket’ to feel a little better. And there is another version that my car was towed.
The cosmic bubble suggests that because the universe expanded at an extraordinary rate after the Big Bang, this created quantum fluctuations that led to separate bubble universes that evolved in their own way.
Evelyn and her husband Waymond (played by Ke Hai Quan) go to the IRS building to discuss the issue, and here Waymond is being controlled by the other world version of himself (pictured) – Alpha Verse.
Speaking to The New York Times, Daniels said that the film is less about physics and more about how physics makes you feel.
“If you could see alternative lives, it would be… it would make you spiral,” Scheinert said.
“It would make any of us kind of get confused about the life you could lead and the choices you could make.”
The focus of the film is Evelyn, a middle-aged Chinese immigrant who owns a laundromat that is audited by the IRS.
She and her husband Waymond (played by Ke Hai Kuan) go to the IRS building to discuss the matter.
While there, Waymond is controlled by an alternate world version of himself, the Alpha Verse.
Alpha-Verse was the first to develop technology to track the direction of other universes and the ability to mentally connect to different parts of the multiverse.
Evelyn is played by Michelle Yeoh (left), who won the Best Actress Oscar, while Ke Hai Quan, who played her husband, won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Alpha Waymond gives Evelyn a device that allows her to enter Evelyn’s mind from other realities.
And the ability to jump through the worlds was given by Bert Goldman, a self-proclaimed spiritual master and energy healer.
Goldman created this as a self-help method, believing that people could change their minds to access other realities and change their lives.
Physicist Cynthia Sue Larson wrote the book Quantum Leaps: The Extraordinary Science of Happiness and Prosperity.
Larson proposes a similar idea that coincides with her “paradigm shift” theory that we exist in an interconnected holographic multiverse.
Many scientists have resisted the concept of infinite universes because no one has found a way to measure the idea.
Geraint Lewis, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sydney, Australia, author of Where Did the Universe Come From? And other cosmic questions told Forbes: “Once we get the math, we’ll have a chance to see if we can detect the presence of other universes… we currently have no idea which path we’re on.”
WHAT IS THE MULTIUNIVERSE THEORY?
The multiverse theory suggests that our cosmos is one of many different “alternative” universes.
The number of universes can be infinite, which means that there are an infinite number of versions of reality, some of which are very similar to ours.
Some may have Earth-like planets, societies, and even people. Others may exist where dinosaurs weren’t wiped out or Germany won World War II.
The multiverse theory suggests that our cosmos is one of many different universes (artist’s impression).
It may seem far-fetched, but this concept is the subject of much debate among physicists.
Host and physicist Professor Brian Cox supports the idea that there could be many universes.
Professor Stephen Hawking’s latest research paper, completed just ten days before his death in March 2018, suggests that our universe is one of many, each with similar physical states.