> In this excerpt from his new book, Our Mathematical Universe, M.I.T. > professor Max Tegmark explores the possibility that math does not > just describe the universe, but makes the universe
> What's the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and > everything? In Douglas Adams' science-fiction spoof ?The Hitchhiker's > Guide to the Galaxy?, the answer was found to be 42; the hardest part > turned out to be finding the real question. I find it very > appropriate that Douglas Adams joked about 42, because mathematics > has played a striking role in our growing understanding of our > Universe. > > The Higgs Boson was predicted with the same tool as the planet > Neptune and the radio wave: with mathematics. Galileo famously stated > that our Universe is a ?grand book? written in the language of > mathematics. So why does our universe seem so mathematical, and what > does it mean? In my new book ?Our Mathematical Universe?, I argue > that it means that our universe isn?t just described by math, but > that it is math in the sense that we?re all parts of a giant > mathematical object, which in turn is part of a multiverse so huge > that it makes the other multiverses debated in recent years seem puny > in comparison.