In this five-part BBC series on the pursuit of a "theory of everything," a number of new concepts are introduced that attempt to bridge the gap between what we know of the vanishingly small and paradoxical nature of the quantum world, and what we know of the cosmic-sized structures of the universe, which are ruled by Newton's deterministic laws.
At IdeaFestival 2011, Suketu Bhavsar, professor of astrophysics at Cal Poly Pomona, will talk about the "many worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics.
"Many worlds" resolves the paradoxes of quantum mechanics by suggesting that the single material outcomes that you or I observe from the interaction of matter at tiniest scales is but one outcome of many that occur in an infinite number of branching, alternate futures.
Think of it this way. If you have read this far without watching this video, somewhere a version of you will click the video play button, another will reach for that second cup of coffee and yet another will think, I really should get to the IdeaFestival this year.
Buy your all-access pass to hear Dr. Bhavsar, or I'll have to explain the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox. Nobody in any universe wants that.