West, Geoffrey

Geoffrey West

Sante Fe Institute
Sante Fe, New Mexico

ArXiv: https://arxiv.org/find/physics/1/au:+West_G/0/1/0/all/0/1
Book: Scale: The universal laws of growth, innovation, sustainability, and the pace of life
CV: https://sfi-edu.s3.amazonaws.com/
Homepage: https://www.santafe.edu/people/profile/geoffrey-west
Physics Today: http://physicstoday.scitation.org/
YouTube: “The Scale of Life”

Third email: 2 October 2019

RE: Might you critically comment?

Dear Dr. Geoffrey West:

Might you have a moment to help us understand
why our little base-2 chart — https://81018.com/chart/
fails some “basic logic”test? Nobody seems to know why
the Planck base units work, but they do.

Here I am taking a few guesses: https://81018.com/formulas/

Most sincerely,

Second email: 24 April 2018

Dear Prof. Dr. Geoffrey West:

You beg the question within your Youtube video, “What sets the scale of life?”

The simple answer is simple math, but you know so well, complexity comes quickly!

I have posted my note to you (below) from January 29, 2018 among our
communications listings just to keep track of who- what-when-and-where:
https://81018.com/2018/01/29/west/ I have referred to this page in other posts within the website.

I wish you well today with The Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture: 
‘The future of the planet: life, growth and death in organisms, cities and companies.

What an extraordinary career! Congratulations.


First email: 29 January 2018

Dear Prof. Dr. Geoffrey West,

I believe the deep reason that scalings work as well as they do is that we live in an exponential universe (Euler’s equations all over again) and among the many possible scalings, base-2 notations from the Planck units to the Age of the Universe and the Observable Universe give us a marvelously integrated scale in just 202 doublings. It is so counter-intuitive, most academics seem to blanch at the thought of it. It’s just too simple. Even John Wheeler might think it is too simple!

I hope you’ll take a look!  Thanks.

Warm regards,


PS. Why did we all miss it? 

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