Don’t watch the video at the end unless you’re a True Math Nerd. I put it here only to prove what I’m about to say.
“There are an infinite number of infinities, and they are all different sizes.” Me. Summarizing part of Vsauce’s video, How to Count Past Infinity
Stick with me here… I promise, I’m not going to talk about math. I’m going to share my Black Hole/White Hole Theory and the cool analogy the talk of infinite infinities led me to.
“Oh yeah, THAT’S better.” You
Confession: “I am a True Math Nerd.” Me. 99th+ percentile in math on the SAT
My son is a TMN, too. We listened to the Vsauce video together, and had a great nerdy discussion afterward. That included my observation that infinite infinities seemed to parallel the idea that there are infinite universes, which led me to share my Black Hole/White Hole Theory — which, by the way, I came up with in the early 1970s when We the People first learned scientists had confirmed the theoretical possibility of black holes.
My theory is:
“Whatever falls into a black hole comes out in a different universe with its creation force, kinda like the Big Bang.” S.T. Ranscht, Black Hole/White Hole Theory
This was back when anybody who thought about black holes thought nothing — not even light — could escape their gravitational pull. We imagined there might be one black hole, and eventually, it would swallow up the entire Universe. This was about the same time Stephen Hawking was beginning to think some kind of radiation could, in fact, escape from a black hole. But it was waaaaay before this year, when he started thinking maaaybe black holes lead to other universes through, guess what: white holes.
“Yes, I’m more an astro physintuitivist.” Me
We know there are billions of galaxies in our Universe. Today, scientists believe most — or maybe all of them have a black hole at their center. If the Black Hole/White Hole Theory is true, each of our billions of galaxies is creating another universe which will have billions more galaxies, each with a black hole at its center creating another universe which will have… you get the idea. It’s like the Tommee Tippee Infinity cup in reverse.
But that’s not the analogy I want to leave you with.
“Why aren’t there more white holes?” Brylan, my TMN son
“Maybe each universe gets only one because the Universe is like a chicken, and each chicken comes from only one egg. But it can lay billions — well, not billions, but lots and lots of eggs (galaxies) in its lifetime. And each of those fertilized eggs (black holes/white holes) can hatch a chicken (universe) of its own that will lay more eggs (galaxies) in its own Universe.” Me
“Which came first?” My wise*ss son
“You know, it really doesn’t matter.” My wise self