Cosmology has made me cry before: [[j.twenty seven zeroes made me cry]].
Twenty seven puny zeroes, and I cried… That's pocket change! What a wuss I was!
Then I learned that there could be [[five to the power of 500 possible universes]][^1].
This is five hundred zeroes, Ladies and Gentlemen. That's so many zeroes I don't think my internet subscription will allow me to upload all of them.
When I heard this I had to laugh out loud. Then I paused the video, stared into infinity and cackled insanely for a good quarter of an hour.
Luckily I had my one year old son nearby to play with and ground me. That was the plan… err, straw I grabbed as I sincerely worried about my future mental health. The absurd contrast just made me laugh-cry louder.
Then the video went on to explain that the reason for that ungodly number of possible universes is due to the laws of physics being determined by how 6 extra dimensions are knottet up together in a compact bagel.
That just made me angry.
Oh, did I mention that 10^500 is the theoretical phycists' low estimate?
Here's the five hundred zeroes: 500000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000