Needless to say, the kid’s a genius. He rudimentarily explained entanglement theory, which is related to superstring theory, and he’s not even five. Mateo moved on in that swing ride to humming tunes to himself, but I’m going to dwell on the science a bit more. Essentially, superstring theory is the notion that there are not three, not four, but ten dimensions of space in our universe. Ten! (Well, 11, counting time). Most too small to see, probably hiding within the deepest, tiniest recesses of atoms. Vibrating within those dimensions are tiny loops (strings) of energy that are tuned to their function—much like a guitar’s different vibrations produce different pitches, the strings’ vibrations make a particle act as it does… like telling a tree molecule to be tree-like. The strings are within all—it’s The Force, if you want to get all Star Wars. It makes much more sense (with visual aids) in this fascinating, concise TED video.
*Greg doesn’t think this is a word. He’s silly like that sometimes.