Thursday, August 09, 2007

Time travel, space time and the works

Meenal has lent me a wonderful book: Hyperspace by Michio Kaku. This is probably the most thought provoking book that I've read in recent times. Thanks Meenal, for introducing me to this book that has caused me to sit up, think, ask tons of questions and find the answers.

In this book, Michio Kaku simplifies such heavy technical concepts as space - time curve, quantum physics, quarks, mesons, bosons etc., and puts them within the grasp of the common man. If he could make a technically challenged person like me understand concepts of higher physics, then anyone else can understand them too.

This book in a way explains and proves concepts that our rishis have spelt out in the shastras aeons ago, though without any direct reference. A few, which are my personal favourites:
... purnasya purnamadaya purnamevava shishyate...
Purna can be roughly translated as 'the whole', the translation being a far cry from the true meaning. Purna is the whole, the all encompassing ... the everything. In that sense, purna is nothing but the universe, because the universe is the whole, the all encompassing, the everything. Now, a translation of the verse would be: "if you remove the whole from the whole, the whole remains!" That is, if you remove the universe from the universe, you are left with the universe! Which means that if you step out of the universe, you have a universe! Another universe??? Out pops the concept of parallel universes in different dimensions!

You thought that the Big Bang was propounded by the modern western physicists??? Nah! Our shastras have this to describe the origin of the universe:
... hiranya garbhat samavartatagre...
which translates as "arising from the golden womb"... everything emerged from that one mass of energy / matter (hiranyagarbha)

How did our ancient rishis discover these concepts? Thats in a later installment. Watch this space.

Om shantih shantih shantih!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The book 'Hyperspace' has quite obviously triggered off an avalanche of thoughts in your head! I m surprised, then, that the book is not yet listed on your favourites!