Some of the world’s best and brightest people in the world of physics gathered in Vancouver this week to discuss one of science’s greatest mysteries – the theory of quantum gravity. It is a concept that could lead to the development of new quantum devices, clean energy and even time travel.
The world’s understanding of physics is based on two grounds: Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Einstein discovered the theory of space, time and gravity, which led to the development of technology such as space travel and the atomic clocks, which control the global GPS system. Whereas quantum mechanics focuses on the behavior of matter and light at the atomic and subatomic scales. It is responsible for most of the devices running today’s world, including electronics, lasers, computers and cell phones.
The trouble is that the two theories are inconsistent and scientists have spent decades trying to find a way to make them work together. This is why the Vancouver-based Quantum Gravity Society was formed in 2020.
Professor Philip Stamp from the University of Physics and Astronomy said, “The discovery of the theory of quantum gravity could lead to the possibility of time travel, new quantum devices, or even new energy resources on a large scale that could produce clean energy.” and help us address climate change.” British Columbia and co-founder of the Quantum Gravity Society.
“The potential long-term implications of this discovery are so incredible that life on Earth 100 years from now may seem as miraculous to us as today’s technology would have seemed to people who lived 100 years ago.”
One session of the conference was based on an idea often seen in Marvel films such as Dr. Strange, with the theme: Is the existence of a multiverse a scientific question? The answer was yes.
“Theoretically[the multiverse]could be real,” said incoming physics professor Mark Espelmeyer from the University of Vienna, adding that scientists may one day be able to see evidence of this.
“Even for the multiverse there may be potential signatures in the distant future that we might see, who knows.”
The conference also facilitated the launch of the Quantum Gravity Institute with the aim of building a research center in Vancouver.
“Most institutions are trying to solve big problems – they take the smartest people and try to solve them,” said Paul Lee, a venture capitalist and co-founder of the Quantum Gravity Society.
“The thinking was, maybe if we create an institution, maybe we can help bring them together.”
Work has already begun on digitizing the physics archives currently stored in the United Kingdom. A collection of video recordings, notes and thoughts from some of the world’s greatest thinkers, including Stephen Hawking.
Ultimately, the plan is to bring them to Vancouver.
“If we can catalog it, and digitize it and make it searchable, maybe it will help before[knowledge]goes away,” Lee said.
Terry Hui, another co-founder with Concorde Pacific, said he hopes to make Vancouver a global center for quantum research.
“These top scientists are like the top of the knowledge industry’s food chain,” Hui said. “We think this will attract even more smart talent to our already smart city.”