multiverse

noun
mul·​ti·​verse | \ˈməl-tē-ˌvərs \

Definition of multiverse 

cosmology

: a theoretical reality that includes a possibly infinite number of parallel universes

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Proponents of string and multiverse models tout their mathematical elegance, but strings are too small and multiverses too distant to be detected by any conceivable experiment. John Horgan, WSJ, "‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ and ‘On the Future’ Review: Serious Doubt on Serious Earth," 18 Oct. 2018 Eternal inflation has been used to support the idea of a multiverse, or multiple universes beyond our own. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Stephen Hawking's Final Theory of the Universe Has Been Published," 2 May 2018 Season 3 devotes significantly more time to exploring the series’ multiverse, where some people can travel between different worlds that are mostly defined by which faction won World War II. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle doubles down on science fiction — and stumbles," 27 Sep. 2018 However, many scientific models allow for the existence of a vast ensemble of universes called the multiverse, which might include places where the laws of physics differ. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 This is the picture that our observable universe is not all that exists, but rather [is] one pocket of infinitely many universes, forming a multiverse. Alexander Hellemans, Scientific American, "A Conversation with Thomas Hertog, One of Stephen Hawking’s Final Collaborators," 24 May 2018 Or, phrased another way, the multiverse represents the end of science. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Stephen Hawking’s final paper makes a hopeful case for the limits of existence," 3 May 2018 The third argument for the multiverse comes from quantum theory. Dan Falk /, NBC News, "What is the multiverse?," 22 May 2018 Other, far-distant regions of this multiverse beyond our cosmic horizon could have different physical laws, and would be too far separated from us for any communication or interaction to take place. Alexander Hellemans, Scientific American, "A Conversation with Thomas Hertog, One of Stephen Hawking’s Final Collaborators," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of multiverse

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for multiverse

multi- + universe

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