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Strugatsky novel inspires new theory?

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

A couple of days ago, while browsing Tech Review we encountered an article about a new theory that suggests gravity emerges from quantum information. Wait! Wasn’t a version of this the central idea of the novel Definitely Maybe by the Strugatsky brothers? Indeed it was. In order to maximise entropy, the Universe is pulling tricks on us. According to Erik Verlinde’s theory, it does this by generating a force that redistributes matter. The mysterious force in the novel turns out to be gravity in Verlinde’s theory. Both ideas arise as a consequence to the second law of thermodynamics.