Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

B Why is it called the 'Universe?'

  1. Aug 14, 2012 #1
    I was having a discussion the other day with a close friend of mine and we started talking about the universe. Which eventually led me to the question as to why the universe is called well universe. Specifically, I wanted to know, why is there a uni - meaning one - at all? And, for the life of me I can't remember exactly why, but we came to reason that it was wrong to give it a numerical value at all. Anyway, I was wondering if you could tell me of why they named it the 'universe' specifically and not something else or if you could give me a link to something that might?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 14, 2012 #2

    phinds

    User Avatar
    Gold Member
    2016 Award

    Do you think there's more than one?
     
  4. Aug 14, 2012 #3
    I think there is a possibility of there being multiple realities but even so I'd still want to know why they called it 'uni'verse instead of say just the verse.
     
  5. Aug 14, 2012 #4

    phinds

    User Avatar
    Gold Member
    2016 Award

    Well, I guess not everyone agrees with you. There are a lot of "multiverse" theories around now but I don't think any of them were around when the name was given.
     
  6. Aug 14, 2012 #5

    Ryan_m_b

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universe#Etymology.2C_synonyms_and_definitions
     
  7. Aug 16, 2012 #6
    I guess you can take uni (or one) to mean 1 or 100% - the totality of everything (including constituent multiverses) ... rather than 1 as the indivisible unit.

    That said - conceptually, 100% or 100/100 (everything) is not the same as 1 (the individisible unit) - even if they can't be differentiated arithmetically.
    But then, arithmetic is just a simple mathematical tool.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012
  8. Aug 17, 2012 #7

    "Verse" truly comes from latin "versus", which means "towards".
    "towards the One".
     
  9. Aug 25, 2012 #8
    any other language for the english word "universe" ?

    i rather prefer the word "cosmo" :)
     
  10. Apr 23, 2013 #9
    well i think so bcoz any multiverse theory has not been proven yet nd besides wen d term was coined dere were no such theories ..nt a slightest idea of multiverse
     
  11. Apr 24, 2013 #10

    Chronos

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Most 'multiverse' concepts are inherently undetectable in our universe by definition. On that basis, I consider them irrelevant from a scientific point of view.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook