The background: The theory of billions of other universes has existed for decades, but nobody has found solid evidence to support the theory until now.
This is very interesting. Here's an edition of Radio 4's Material World from May 2013 dealing with the same subject, including an interview with Laura Mersini-Houghton, who is very clever and has figured out the universe.
I've read this and I think that it is possible that since we can only see what light shows us in our observable universe, we could be being pulled by other universes. Although, I'd like to see more evidence and a better explanation of this phenomena. I think just like the Big Bang, at first it was unfathomable, to think that the universe we know expanded from such a small point. Now, we have demonstrations that make a lot more sense adding on to the fact that unstable particles can literally pop in and out of existence. And while we are talking about the Big Bang... If they said that the Big Bang was caused by the laws of physics, then obviously that means that the physics already existed to make it possible. So, now that I think of it, the Big Bang could have been a result of the tugging and pulling of other universes which the forces of those universes can create another in the process. I'm not really sure if that makes sense but that's my little hypothesis for this. Wow, that is still pretty mind blowing.
Also here is a laughable comment from the article you provided by some person who has a master's degree in Christian education and has an interest in cosmology. *sighs*
"You know if you take a step back and look at some of the aspects that make the multiverse the multiverse you might get a good chuckle. (assuming of course you are not blinded by demagoguery)
1. The multiverse is infinite
2. The existence of the multiverse is unprovable, despite what you may have heard
3. The multiverse is the answer to everything science can't explain
4. Many people claiming to be enlightened science lovers have no problem with this
5. If you replace "multiverse" with "God" these same people go ape-shit"
That's what this person said.. Now, what I think about this persons comment is that he is assuming that the multiverse theory is just a belief that scientist cower to when in doubt. This person has made the typical Christian argument against this theory. Also scientists who work really hard and have these kind of jobs as a profession and not simply an interest would be upset because this person is applying the Judeo-Christian God, which has no proof of existing at all, as a plausible explanation. People like this, once again, fail to imagine that the universe was possibly not made by a supernatural being and that there could be all sorts of alternatives. I'm the kind of person who accepts evidence first hand when it's presented to be irrefutable and I will use that information until it is expanded upon or changed as we discover more things. Anyway, we don't put super expensive machines that go around our atmosphere providing such delicious internet, taking many cool pictures, and doing all this other cool crap for nothing. That's why scientists get upset when someone makes an ancient claim that has done nothing but have kept many people from thinking any harder than they wanted to, which I'm saddened but not surprised, that the information age just started about 30 years ago and that segregation, poverty, sickness, war, religion, and all of that junk in the world is still much of a problem today.
It certainly looks like there could be some evidence for a multiverse. And since when did nature ever make just one of anything?
"the laws of physics" - apparently each universe would have its own laws of physics depending on the starting conditions. This implies that each one is a variation of some grand law of physics. I've heard that most of the time, all you get is a sea of energy, and it's very rare for this energy to coalesce into discrete particles like we have.
Doesn't that assertion undermine the meaning of the word universe?
Also "The European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft gathered samples of radiation leftover from the Big Bang that have been floating through space for 3,700,00 years."
So the Big Bang was only 3.7 million years ago?
nice. i completely missed that when i read it.
By what measurement or fact-based calculation did they decide it was "billions" of other universes and not tens, hundreds, millions, or trillions?