Illustrating Einstein's Dream of a Grand Unified Theory

January 24, 2019



The  Anti de Sitter space is a concept which applies to the surface of Black Holes, Quantum Mechanics and String Theory in particular. It is called the "AdS/CFT correspondence", or "Anti de Sitter /Conformal Field Theory" correspondence and it is the closest thing to Einstein's dream of a Grand Unified Theory.


I created this series of Illustrations for Katherine Zandonella  editor  of  Princeton University magazine titled : "Beyond Einstein: Physicists find surprising connections in the cosmos"

The goal was to  create a single image that connected  the large scale of the Universe to the small scale of Quantum particles. 




Both paradigms shared an  M.C. Escher look alike design,  more appropriately  referred to as a "de Sitter Hyperbolic Space," also called the "Poincare Disk".

This anti-de Sitter space  is represented by a cylinder with a black hole cross section in the middle, symbolizing things passing "in time;" (the cylinder,) beyond the event horizon, not inside the black hole but infinitely upon its surface which keeps increasing  in size as matter is funneled into it. 


The illustration of the tessellated  disk shows 2 iterations of close ups as if you were able to see nearer to the edge of the circle. Think of the fractal videos that you can see on YouTube that  evolves without end.


For the first time, the  laws  of physics  may  lead at last  to the fulfillment of Einstein dream of a  Grand Unified Theory.  








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