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Grappling with the multiverse


Grappling with the multiverse

Richard O’Leary hopes there’s another him somewhere in the multiverse and that his footy team is winning.

Wow! What a week.

First I am voted the most eligible married man on the planet.

Then I win the Nobel Prize for Literature (and here I was thinking it was just you and me reading these columns).

And to cap it all off my beloved Parramatta Eels defeat the World X111 in the final minutes of the game to stay on track for their tenth straight premiership.

I had you until the last one, didn’t I?

But if science has taught me anything this week, it’s that all the above scenarios are not only possible, but probable – just not in this universe.

You see the latest theory to come out of the UK’s Royal Astronomical Society suggests that our universe is just one of many – they call it the multiverse.

It’s all come about because of a so-called ‘cold spot’ which has been captured in the wild black yonder by a couple of satellites.

That concept of infinity is hard to get your head around, isn’t it?

Without going into too many details and exposing my incredibly superficial understanding of this topic, the basic premise is this astronomical anomaly could be the result of a collision between our universe and a bubble universe.

So theoretically, if there could be one additional universe it’s just as likely there could be an infinite number of universes.

This leads to the next logical assumption which is that somewhere, someplace I am in fact incredibly charming, a beautiful writer, and my footy team can actually win a game or two.

That concept of infinity is hard to get your head around isn’t it? But credit where credit’s due, my youngest son is giving it a red hot go.

When I came home earlier this week he rushed up to show me his latest assignment, which at first appearances simply looked like a sheet of green cardboard with numbers written on it in sequential order.

But he quickly brought me up to date on his mission, to write every number up to infinity.

So far, so good, 301 and still counting.

He has quite a job ahead of him… but it can’t hurt, and after all, regardless of which universe you live in – it’s always good to have a hobby.


Richard O’Leary is a journalist, a political advisor and a father who knows there’s a deeper meaning to life but struggles to find it.

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