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Is the universe a game?

Generations of scientists have compared the universe to a giant, complex game, raising questions about who is doing the playing 鈥 and what it would mean to win

By Marcus Du Sautoy

5 July 2024

If the universe is a game, then who’s playing it?

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The following is an extract from our Lost in Space-Time newsletter. Each month, we hand over the keyboard to a physicist or mathematician to tell you about fascinating ideas from their corner of the universe. You can sign up for Lost in Space-Time for free聽here.

Is the universe a game? Famed physicist Richard Feynman certainly thought so: 鈥溾楾he world鈥 is something like a great chess game being played by the gods, and we are observers of the game.鈥 As we observe, it is our task…

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