Sautoy, Marcus du

Marcus du Sautoy
Simonyi Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science
Fellow of New College, Oxford University
Oxford, England

ArXiv
Books: What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge, Fourth Estate, 2016
_______ The Music of the Primes, Harper Collins, 2003 (YouTube: Clay Institute)
Research
Twitter
Wikipedia
YouTube: Reality is A Riddle

First Tweet: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

If I were in England, I’d be there! Base-2, period-doubling bifurcation, and multiscale modeling just might awaken us all to an integrated scale of the universe. and my open letter to you: Congratulations. Best wishes!

Note: In response to today’s lecture by Geoffrey West of Santa Fe Institute, on his recent book, Scale.

First email: April 18, 2018

Dear Prof. Dr. Marcus du Sautoy:

I have spent some time on your website and with your ArXiv papers;
you are over-qualified to render a judgment on our multiscale modeling work
using the Planck units which are doubled over and over again up to the age
and size of the universe within just 202 notations or steps. The work is naive.
It comes out of a high school in the USA.

Please allow me to tell you the story.

In 2011 my nephew asked me to substitute in his high school geometry classes
in New Orleans. The students knew me as Uncle Bruce because in a few prior
encounters, I had them build geometric forms based on Plato’s solids. Here is
a sample of that work: https://81018.com/tot

On the last day of class before Christmas break, instead of serving milk and
cookies and reading stories, the students and I began developing
a scaling chart of the universe: https://81018.com/home/ The kids and I
were equally fascinated by our exploration of the universe’s relative
measurements at different scales.

In the high school, that single day turned into an ongoing odyssey of exploration
in Planck unit number relationships. Such scaling recalls a well-known book,
Powers of Ten: About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe, but with
a vital difference. We used the Planck base units to discover a systematic
doubling that goes on from scale to scale.

We have long been looking for a means to justify or explain this behavior.
It just might be a variant of the doubling phenomenon that occurs
in a discrete dynamical system: Period-doubling bifurcation (Wikipedia).
It seems to us that this doubling occurs as measurement moves
from scale to scale in the universe, but we do not find that observation
mentioned anywhere in your literature or the chaos theory literature.

If just taken as a given, could it indicate that the universe itself is
a continuous dynamical system?

The intriguing possibility suggested by our rather encompassing multiscale
chart has been endlessly fascinating to us… that the entire universe could
be encapsulated within the scaling bandwidth of 202 doublings!
Who would have ever thought….?

The Planck units were the ruler. The doublings were the measurement
that resulted. The goal was theoretically verifying the age and size
of the observable universe by a systematic exploration of these doublings.

Over the years, our exploratory website has burgeoned: https://81018.com/chart
Might you advise us? Where has our logic gone askew? If it hasn’t gone askew,
are we on to something? If so, we will need some serious coaching and
would hope that you might be able to help us a little.

Most sincerely,
Bruce
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https://experimentalmath.org

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