A quantum property dubbed ‘magic’ could be the key to explaining how space and time emerged, a new mathematical analysis by three RIKEN physicists suggests [1].
It’s hard to conceive of anything more basic than the fabric of spacetime that underpins the Universe, but theoretical physicists have been questioning this assumption. “Physicists have long been fascinated about the possibility that space and time are not fundamental, but rather are derived from something deeper,” says Kanato Goto of the RIKEN Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS).

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  1. Kanato Goto, Tomoki Nosaka, and Masahiro Nozaki, Probing chaos by magic monotones, Phys. Rev. D 106, 126009 (2022), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevD.106.126009