Max Tegmark

Most recently updated: Monday, 3 October 2016

Max Tegmark (on a homepage within this website)
Prof. of Physics, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts  MIT Kavli Institute
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Tweet, October 17, 2016:
and re-opens 1983 No Boundary Proposal.   Nice pic of the Mad-Hawk.


Email: Sunday, 2 October 2016   (My fifth email to Tegmark)

Max –

Is this a fair summary? ( Today, on the homepage of )



PS. We are the simple people: simple model-simple logic-simple math, filling in the continuum from the Planck scale to the CERN-Atlas scale, then beyond.


4 August 2016   (fourth email)

Hi Max,

Your endearing smile and wonderful openness should have the world on your doorstep.  Congratulations on all that you do.

Of course, the big bang is one of those answers that only a fool would dare question. So, here I stand among the fools. We’re just high school folks; we claim no special status, so maybe we can be excused for being nicely idiosyncratic and naive!

I think you might enjoy seeing the numbers all filled in from the Planck base units to the Age of the Universe using base-2 notation.  Boeke’s Cosmic View looks a little timid by comparison. Even ‘t Hooft’s Time in the Powers of Ten misses too much. If you have a moment — — is looking for a special critique.

Is it solipsistic poppycock?  That chart is big; it is horizontally-scrolled, starts with the five Planck base units (and some simple geometries), and it is  carried out the 200+ notations to the Age of the Universe.  You can follow the changes of each base unit in contrast to the others. There are over 1000 simple-simple-simple calculations. But, simple is good.  It tells a bold and dramatic story that may have more to do with fantasy than reality, but I don’t think so. I respect you too much to waste your time that way.

Is it possible that the universe started with those infinitesimally small numbers and grew quietly and rather prodigiously and all rather quickly?  Of the 200+ notations, the first second is between 143 and 144.  The first light year is between 168 and 169.  And the first million years between 188 and 189.

That small scale universe, 1-67, could be a new science and math.  Maybe Langlands is on the right path after all.  Below I’ll post some of the other work-in-progress asking for critical review!   Thank you.

Most sincerely,

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22 September 2015 (My third email to Tegmark)

First note to you (blackholed):  25 January 2012
Second note (blackholed): 9 May 2013
Third note to you (bingo):  22 September 2014

I am now a groupie of sorts.  Too old and too naive to be deeply informed.

You encourage me with your great spirit, but then I’ve begun working with
your “Dimensionless constants, cosmology and other dark matters.”

From the perplexing place we were within my first note, to the questioning within the third, would you tell us why our basic concept is wrong headed and “to take a break.”
A Simple View of the Universe:

On Developing A Rationale For A Working Model Of The Universe Based On A Quiet Expansion:

Your website is sensational!  Thank you for all that you do to stimulate scholarship and creative thinking!



September 22, 2014

Thanks for your LinkedIn invitation, which I’m going to accept shortly! Although there’s essentially no information on my LinkedIn page, I have an active public Facebook page where you can connect and discuss with me and others intrigued by science and life’s big questions. I very much hope you’ll join me there! Just surf over to the link below and click “like”:
You’ll also find movies, articles and an FAQ for my book at
May 9, 2013  (My second email to Tegmark)


Max –

I was 20 when you came into this world, I suspect you came in feet first.  So much standing comedy in all that you are and do.  It is entirely refreshing. I am enjoying your pages and writing immensely and only started today!

I am on a search for simple wisdom.  I’m a simple person.

But, I do have a seriously silly question for you.  It started when I was asked to substitute for my nephew a couple of years ago.  He was to have a second child and I got his five geometry classes for a few days.  I wanted to stand them on their head a little, so they actually made models of the “Big Five.”   They took a tetrahedron, divided the edges in half, connected the new vertices, and bingo, there is a tetrahedron in each corner and an octahedron in the middle,  Then, the same with the octahedron, with six baby octahedrons in the corners and eight tetrahedrons in the faces, all sharing a centerpoint.” That’s a goldmine and you kids have got to go in there and start digging!”

That was the beginning of my regression.  The next time Stevie wanted to take his bride on a fifth-anniversary cruise and left me with those buggers on the last day of class before the Christmas recess.

Enter “The Big Board – little universe.”

“Come one, come all, see the universe and everything in it from the smallest to the largest measurement in about 202-to-206 steps, give or take a few!”

We used the Planck Length, base-2 geometric notation, and started multiplying.  Within a relatively short time, we had the entire universe looking like a Planck Factory.  Everything had a place.  Geometry was pervasive.  Here was the homunculus of all homunculi.  One part Plato add a little relativistic aether, and mix well into the first sixty steps — nobody seems to have explored 2-to-60, possibly 64 (just before getting hit with any sensibility and a neutrino and quark).

Absolutely crazy?!?  Worth exploring further???  Or, sShall I tell the kids to come out of that cave?




Bruce  Camber  (part of my life as a television producer)
Small Business School

January 12, 2012 (My first email to Tegmark)


Dear Max,

Please, help to debunk this crazy Alice-in-Wonderland
hole that I’ve dropped into….

I am a television producer.  But recently,  I was asked
to substitute for a high school geometry teacher, a nephew.
He asked me to introduce the kids to Plato’s five.
It would be my second time with them, so I had to expand
my own horizon a bit for my visit  on December 19.

The first time I had them, back in March 2011, they made icosahedrons out of 20 tetrahedrons. I called it squishy geometry and said that it probably fits into quantum geometries or imperfect
geometry somewhere and somehow,  but I couldn’t find any references
or published work.  That link goes to pictures of those icosahedrons.

Then Shechtman comes along with his quasicrystals and five-fold symmetries…
I got to thinking about the nesting of tetrahedrons and octahedrons within the
icosahedron and wrote up that little note to him (link above).

I thought, “…speculative, fanciful thinking, probably just nonsense.”

Yet, just after that first encounter, I became impatient with my little paper model of a dodecahedron.  I took the same pentagonal groups of five tetrahedrons, and attached twelve of them together.  I filled it with PlayDoh, then tried to discern what was inside.

A smaller icoshedron was in the center of the thing.  Fascinating for me. No record of it in the literature yet.  I found a name – hexacontagon — but none in the shape of this particular pseudo-dodecahedron.

I’ve been looking inside those five structures for awhile. A week before that class, I asked, “How far within, how many steps by dividing by 2, would I have to go to get to the range of Planck’s length?” I assumed thousands.  Nope. Just 118 steps! There I was, dividing one meter by 2 and then by 2 again u.s.w until 1.6×10−35
or Planck’s length. Then I thought about the large scale universe and in 91 steps I was out in the range of 1027 meters and the edge of the observable universe.

I hadn’t seen such scientific notation so I made it up and produced a couple of charts for the class:
The introduction:
The chart:

Where did I go wrong?  Is there anything here?






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