What if we had a theory that could explain everything? Not just atoms and quarks but aspects of our everyday lives too. Sound impossible? Perhaps not. It’s all part of the recent explosion of work in an area of physics known as the Random Matrix Theory. Originally developed more than 50 years ago to describe the energy levels of atomic nuclei, the theory is turning up in everything from inflation rates to the behavior of solids. So much that many researchers believe that it points to some kind of deep pattern in nature that we do not understand.