Cleaver discusses the four levels of Multiverse as a Scientific Concept & its role in Comics & Science Fiction.
In less than one week Comicpalooza will be in full swing with celebrities, actors, artists, cosplayers, and thousands of attendees. It’s no surprise that with Houston being the conventions home, that there would be a significant science and space industry presence. One of the guests is Dr. Gerald Cleaver, a Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Physics at Baylor University.
Dr. Cleaver will be hosting the panel, “The Science Behind a Possible Multiverse” on Saturday, May 23 at 2:30 PM, where he will discuss the concept of parallel universes, and the development of multiverse not only from a comic book and science fiction standpoint, but from a genuine scientific concept as well. I had an opportunity to discuss some of these topics with Cleaver, as well as comic books, Star Trek, and his thoughts on the whole pop culture phenomenon.
The Science Behind a Possible Multiverse – Saturday, May 23 at 2:30 Panel Rm 06 – 370A (third floor)
The concept of a vast (infinite?) collection of parallel universes, of which our universe is but one, has been a theme in comic-dom/science fiction for decades. In this talk I’ll discuss the development of multiverse not just as a comic/science fiction idea, but also as a genuine scientific concept. The scientific arguments in favor of some type of actual multiverse and the growing acceptance by both the scientific community and the general populous of its existence will be reviewed. The range of possible types of multiverses that may exist, as classified by cosmologist Max Tegmark, will be reviewed.
Gerald Cleaver is Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Physics at Baylor University in Waco Texas. He heads the Early Universe Cosmology and String Theory (EUCOS) Division of Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER). Cleaver earned his Ph.D. at Caltech in 1993. His EUCOS team conducts systematic computer-based studies of the collection of possible universes implied by string theory and its theorized multiverse realization.
Cleaver has written over 85 peer-reviewed physics journal articles and conference proceedings. He is co-author of an elementary particle physics textbook, referee for eight physics journals, member of the international advisory board of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, and member of four IQ and six science honor societies. Cleaver and his wife Lisa have three children. Cleaver’s interests include flying radio controlled model airplanes, Tae Kwon Do, SCUBA, small boat sailing, and snow skiing.