So, how confident are you that the universe we live in is made up of teeny, tiny particles?
Sorry, you’re wrong. Under String Theory, the fundamental constituents of our universe are not particles — they’re strings.
The particles we perceive are actually vibrations in the loops of a string. These strings could be a closed loop or an open loop, like a skipping rope. Each particle has its own shape and frequency.
One of my favourite descriptions of String Theory says: “the different elementary particles we see — the electron, the photon, the quarks, and so on — may all be the same entity: an elementary string, just singing different notes.”
But these strings are so small that our best instruments cannot tell that they aren’t point-like particles.
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