Author: Sophie Jones
IN another universe, you could be a millionaire or a convicted murderer.
The “many-worlds interpretation” was first proposed by American physicist Hugh Everett in 1957.
Initially ignored, the idea was later popularised by theoretical physicist Bryce Seligman DeWitt a decade later.
Physicist and cosmologist Max Tegmark told New Scientist knowing about the multiverse gives him an entirely differently perspective on his life.
“I feel a strong kinship with parallel Maxes even though I never get to meet them,” he said.
He added that — if involved in an accident — it makes him think even more carefully about the what-ifs.
“The minimum tribute I can pay to that dead Max is to really think through what happened and learn some lessons.”
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