On following Jacques Distler of The Weinberg Theory Group

Jacques Distler, University of Texas – Austin, on-going colloquia, Austin, Texas

ArXiv: Product SCFTs for the E-Theory (March 2018)
Google Scholar
Twitter: Time Travel
YouTube: An Introduction to Class-S and Tinkertoys (Nov 2018)

Second email: 28 April 2022 at 2:42 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Jacques Distler:

I noticed a little activity on our website’s page about you and your work — https://81018.com/2018/10/31/distler/ — and thought, I wonder how they are all doing?

I just spent a few minutes on your webpages and wondered, “What might be their one or two key insights since I wrote that first email in October 2018? How do they grasp the first moment of the universe? Are they within the first unit of Planck Time? What’s it look like?”

I am searching for your answers now!

Best wishes,


PS. Of course, the majority of my emails went directly to Steven Weinberg. I am afraid we all study things and conclude, “Been there; done that” even though we barely scratch the surface. That’s especially my feeling about pi. I don’t think any of us know it really well. -BEC

First email: October 30, 2018 @ 7:57 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Jacques Distler:

I found a reference to your work within NSF research grants, String Theory and Quantum Field Theory, and have tagged that page to follow. The subtitle stopped me: From the Planck Scale to the Hubble Scale.

Now, our work comes out of a high school geometry class so I hope you will forgive our naïveté and many blind spots, but we are studying a very similar scale. We started with a simple tetrahedron, found the octahedron within it, then continued dividing all the edges by 2, connecting the new vertices, until in 45 steps within, we were at what we call the CERN-scale (LHC measurements). In 67 more steps within, we were touching the Planck Wall. When we multiplied our original object by 2, in 90 steps we were out to the Age of the Universe (today). 202 steps encapsulate the universe. It was our classes STEM project in 2011. Now, it’s become our physics project as well.

We now have three pages on our website about your work and will build from here:

Will there be more reports of your group’s work within ArXiv or Physical Review D?

Thank you.

Most sincerely,

PS. Before becoming a Nobel laureate, Weinberg and I were talking about first principles in his office back in his Harvard days. -BEC