The Allure of the Multiverse review: The science behind the sensation


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Fittingly, science has many ways of thinking about multiverses

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The Allure of the Multiverse
Paul Halpern
Basic Books (US, out now; UK, 8 February)

IN THE battle for the public imagination, the multiverse reigns supreme. Fuelled by the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other franchises, the idea that an infinite number of universes might exist alongside ours (and may even be contactable) has never been so popular. Why do we find this concept endlessly fascinating? And how promising is multiverse science?

Paul Halpern, a professor of physics at Saint Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania,…

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