On following the work of Philip C. Ball…

Philip C. Ball, Science Writer, London, UK
Articles: Why Physics Is Not a Discipline, Nautilus, Issue 35, 2016
Homepage: Quanta Magazine
Publications: Around 50 books and 283+ articles
YouTube: Understanding Quantum Entanglement

Footnote: Phil Ball is so out there with so many followers, he doesn’t have time to write back. It is hard having thousands of followers!  -BEC

Most recent contact: 29 May 2022 at 8:32 PM  

Hi Philip:

What a remarkable article: “Physicists Rewrite the Fundamental Law That Leads to Disorder
Thank you. I have already cited it here:
Plus, I’ll be adding this note to my page about your work here:

I am so idiosyncratic I’d follow Daniel Shechtman right over the cliff:

We are all inspired in very different ways by the same facts and conjectures.
It’s remarkable, the plasticity of human thought.
Thanks again for all your good work and hard work! Nothing is easy.

Be well,

Third email: 26 April 2019

Hi Philip:

Such a rare person you are. You know it, but now we know it.
I hope you like our idiosyncratic view of the universe.
It doesn’t have to be right; it’s just likeable.

Now from your ball to our sphere: https://81018.com/sphere/
to the universal Pi Day: https://81018.com/pi-today/

You just might find my recent notes to Michael Duff and Emily Nurse to be of interest, too:

One of Emily’s illustrations is on this homepage:

Given your books, especially “Beyond Weird” and “Patterns in Nature” and “Flow” and “Shape” and “Branches” and …  I hope we can open up a line of communication. Thanks. -Bruce

Second email: Apr 27, 2018, 9:12 AM

Phil –

You are a genius. Prolific-but-substantial.
Thank you for what you do!


First email: October 21, 2017, 9:46 AM

RE:  Base-2 from the Planck scale to the Age of the Universe

Dear Philip:

Thank you for all that you have so successfully written and have had published, a marvelous testament to you and your family. I am always so jealous of the depth of productivity of people like you. Along with John Barrow, Cliff Pickover, Penrose and so many others who walk around on the edge of knowledge, I sincerely congratulate you for all that you have done.

May I trouble you to look at some silly work of an idiosyncratic mind? In 2011 we naively walked into a base-2 model from the Planck scale to the Age of the Universe in just 202 notations. The first second from Planck Time is between 143 and 144. The first 500 million years preparing for galaxy formation brings us up in between notations 198 and 199.  https://81018.com/chart

Shall I attempt to get on the Escher staircase and seek to publish beyond WordPress? Thank you.

Most sincerely,


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