#10. Amplituhedron Shapes the Future of Physics

What happens after subatomic particles collide? Physicists have filled volumes with diagrams trying to answer that question. But a new geometric shape called an amplituhedron offers a simplified equation.

A Princeton physicist came up with the multidimensional shape. He says its parameters (length, width, height, etc.) represent information about the particles in a collision. And the equation describing the volume of this multidimensional shape, then, describes the particles that emerge from the collision.

So far the shape's equation can only describe theoretical scenarios; it doesn't work in the real world. But because the shape doesn't exist in space-time, it supports physicists' suspicions that our current model of the universe is incorrect in the first place.

The amplituhedron offers a glimpse of what a strange new world of all-new physics could look like.

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