By James Wadman
Step outside into the night and look toward the stars. Maybe they don’t seem so far away, as if they are simply a painting on a canvas for us all to enjoy. Maybe you feel small, possibly insignificant. On the other hand, I feel powerful because I believe in what science tells me. And the truth is that we all have an intimate connection with the universe.
We can retrace the history of the universe, nearly 14 billion years in the past, and what we see is the creation of stars, black holes, the synthesis of heavy elements, even the construction of galaxies. But suddenly, our observations fade away. We see the background of the observable universe only as subtle indications of a universe too hot and chaotic to sustain the lives of atoms. We call this incredible portrait of our past the Cosmic Microwave Background, which is certainly a suiting title for such an ominous structure.
However, we have a tool that allows us to see even beyond the curtain of the CMB: human brilliance. The study of physics can trace the universe down to the first three seconds of its creation. Here we arrive at the famous theory of the Big Bang. This idea states that everything in the universe, even the energy flowing through your body right now, was a part of a single particle that ignited to form the entire universe. One particle created everything.
We are a part of that everything, and we were once a part of the single particle of our origin. So what does that mean for us? Well, modern physics claims that a particle that has been entangled with another particle never loses its connection, rather must be defined based on the quantum superposition of the interacting particle-unit. In simpler terms, multiple particles that have ever been intertwined must be quantified as a structural unit, even after they have been split because they still share subatomic frequencies of information with one another.
So when I stand beneath the night sky, I remember this. I look down at my hands, the streetlights, and the cars driving by. Then I look back up to the sky. Those stars shared the same origin with me. We were once intertwined, and because of this, I know we will always be intertwined. We were all once a part of those stars and, just as magnificently, the distant future holds a time in which we will all be a part of our origin again.
Now, this merely points out the beginning of our universe. What came before that is an infinite journey we can discuss but never fully understand. Questions and comments are welcome. Evidence and further reading for anything I have stated is available upon request.