A new theory claims to offer the first ‘evidence’ our Universe is a hologram
The universe could be a ‘vast and complex hologram’, scientists say
Researchers investigating the Big Bang’s “afterglow” say evidence of a holographic
universe matches other theories in strength.
‘The universe could turn out to be a “vast and complex hologram”, meaning that life in
3D is an illusion, astrophysicists have said.Researchers from the University of
Southampton, working with colleagues from Canada and Italy, say they have found
substantial evidence of a holographic universe – an idea first suggested in the 1990s.
They reached their conclusion after investigating irregularities in the cosmic microwave
background – otherwise known as the “afterglow” of the Big Bang.Evidence for the
theory matches more traditional explanations in strength, they have said. Thus, what
we think of as our 3D world may be an illusion.’Professor of mathematical sciences at
Southampton, Kostas Skenderis, said it was similar to watching a 3D film in the cinema.
While we perceive the pictures as having height, width and depth, they do in fact come
from a flat screen.
In a 3D universe, Professor Skenderis said, the difference is that we are able to touch
objects, and the “projection” appears to be “real”, even though it could be an illusion.
He also compared the idea to the “hologram on a credit card … however, this time, the
entire universe is encoded”.
“Holography is a huge leap forward in the way we think about the structure and creation
of the universe,” Professor Skenderis added.
“Einstein’s theory of general relativity explains almost everything large scale in the
universe very well, but starts to unravel when examining its origins and mechanisms at
“Scientists have been working for decades to combine Einstein’s theory of gravity and
“Some believe the concept of a holographic universe has the potential to reconcile the two.
“I hope our research takes us another step towards this.”