How many Universes are there?
By Tom Brown
As far as I am concerned there is Only One Universe. This is in fact what the word means it doesn't make sense for there to be more. Actually we must have a precise definition of a “universe”, because in order to answer you must first know exactly what it is you are talking about. If I may speculate such an exact definition might be formulated in the realm of pure mathematics as in logic and set theory. Although philosophy and theology may be (should be?) the more appropriate approach.
I have recently read some non-fiction paperback pop-science on Cosmology they come up with all weird and wonderful ideas. It seems to me a lot like speculation and fantasy while making up concepts and terminology as you go along. Such as in the ancient greek and roman myths and legends, the heroes and hierarchies of gods. Also I've read some research papers but sorry to say much of it is suspect and the mathematics too. “Astrophysics” research is also while it is supposedly solid respectable academic study.
Apparently an elite a gang of buddies like a mafia churning out papers sometimes culminating even in a Nobel Prize. The usual thing, with a system of citations and referees the research is a self perpetuating machine. Scratch my back I'll scratch yours. The upper crust is a bunch of crumbs sticking together. And I wonder what Einstein really meant by the “cosmological constant” being his worst mistake?
Who pays the piper? Grabbing public imagination and with beautiful pictures and wonderful photos big business is big bucks. Entertainment for the masses. And why not?