George E. Uhlenbeck Professor of Physics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Articles: In Search of Dark Star, an interview in Quanta Magazine
ArXiv: Natural Inflation: Consistency with Cosmic Microwave Background Observations of Planck and BICEP2 https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0404012
YouTube (and many others)
First email: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 11:22 AM
Dear Prof. Dr. Katherine Freese:
You are an extraordinary scholar. So very inspiring. I am not a scholar, yet I have backed into a study of natural inflation and have discovered your prodigious work.
I have entered this domain with the intention of trying to understand Guth and Linde. I have mostly chosen those ArXiv articles where you are either the author or among no more than three authors. Of all the other entries, a few titles attract my attention and also give me opportunities to learn about the associations of scholars, especially with those whose work I have previously engaged, i.e. James E. Aguirre, Brent D. Nelson, Antonio Riotto, etc.
I am like an English major who walks into your office having been caught by an article on your hallway bulletin board and who asks the ever-so naive question, “How natural is natural inflation?”
Have you ever considered a very naive model of the universe that uses base-2 notation from the Planck units? We started that process in 2011. It is a little like the base-10 work by Kees Boeke, just a bit more granular, engages the Planck units, assumes inherent geometries and scaling vertices (after all, this work started in a high school geometry class), and uses the Age of the Universe as an approximate end point. It defines a very different approach to natural inflation following the Planck Charge.
Given the depth and breadth of current scholarship, is our little model so naive that it wastes your time even to respond? Of course, I hope not. Perhaps we need to break it into several articles.