Brazilian mathematician Marcelo Disconzi, says he has discovered how the Universe can end. Marcelo Disconzi, 37 years old, presented his studies at a seminar at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee and was addressed by two physics professors, Thomas Kephart and Robert Scherrer.
Both professors praised the work presented by Disconzi, a study on the partial solution of an ancient equation, and suggested that he apply it to cosmology.
The presentation, held in April 2014, presented a solution to a problem that was created in the 1950s by Andre Lichnerowicz, a French scholar and mathematician.
The equation name is Lichnerowicz, and it was created to attempt to describe the behavior of viscous fluids traveling at relativistic speeds. Speeds comparable to the speed of light, thus, Disconzi never considered that the solution had a practical effect.
But Kephart and Scherrer, Vanderbilt’s teachers, proposed to the mathematician the solution to one question: Could viscosity have any impact on the Universe?
Later, Disconzi began to meet frequently with both teachers, and the following year, the theory was presented along with a study that revived the Big Rip, one of the main theories about the end of the world.
So, the result of the study concludes that, in 22.8 billion years from now, the Universe will be so accelerated and dispersed that the atoms forming the planets and the galaxies will begin to disintegrate.
The Big Rip theory came in 2003, but all attempts to determine when that would happen were inconsistent.
The study by Disconzi, published in the journal Physical Review D, suggested a natural, and credible, mode for this phenomenon.
Since completing his doctorate, Disconzi is dedicated to partial differential equations, which serve to describe behaviors through different rates of physical variation.
The outcome of the world is, for the Brazilian mathematician, his research horizon.
“Our study of Big Rip shows how much still remains to be understood about the Universe. We will continue to investigate”, he told the BBC.