Cates, Michael

Michael Cates

Lucasian Professor #19 (followed Michael Green #18)
Research Professor, Royal Society
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)
Cambridge University
Cambridge, England

Articles: Soft matter, Phase ordering in active and passive systems
Google Scholar
Lecture: Statistical Physics and The Arrow of Life 

November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 AM (Updated email)

Dear Professor Dr. Mike Cates:

My guess is that the influence of the 19 Lucasian scholars has been more pronounced than any other small group of people in our world’s history. Of our many theories, Newtonian space and time would be the most lasting and most deeply adopted. Although big bang cosmology goes back to Lemaître, Stephen Hawking empowered it within the public domain. Infinitely hot became an initial condition of the universe. It seems the 1999 “Structure formation” conference sponsored by NATO at the Newton Institute opened the first formally informal attack on big bang cosmology; and  now twenty years, there are many alternatives.

None have caught the imagination of our leading scholars or the general public.  Notwithstanding, the edited synopsis by Robert Crittenden and Neil Turok of that conference, I believe, will be recognized as a bookend of that theory.

High school people, especially including their teachers, command little respect so I have not been surprised that a radical departure from the historic textbooks has gotten very little attention.  It will take a scholar of Lucasian quality to hold the reins and call to question age-old first principles.

Perhaps you could take a look at a little summary of the current state of the Newtonian legacy:   We started our work in December 2011; we began disbelieving in the infinitely hot start of big bang cosmology in 2012 and we began actively asking scholars like you for help to interpret our results properly.

Would you encourage or discourage this effort?


Most sincerely,

Here are documents for more:
A simple history:
A STEM Project:
The numbers: Everything everywhere for all time and all space,
Michael Cates

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