The universe as we understand it is a system that exists in space and time (“DIA leads on lab leak theory,” Web, Sept. 1). If one were to record it over the nearly 14 billion years since its presumed beginning, it would become a movie.
Each movie frame could be explained by the theory of relativity, but each frame also shows things that are changing between every frame. Some are matter and others are organisms composed of matter and life that we are beginning to understand at the quantum level.
Scientists have sought a theory of everything that would unite a macro model of the universe with micro models of quantum worlds. Einstein said, “God does not play dice with the universe,” but later recanted, saying, “God tirelessly plays dice under laws which he has himself prescribed.”
Research on military scheduling problems of stochastically failing systems in space-time has found that improvements in decision making can be made with simulation models. Models are carefully designed to experimentally sample to confirm conclusions. A prime example is the shortest-process time rule for weapon-system maintenance.
Perhaps we should be searching for a theory of evolution.