Padmanabhan, Thanu

Thanu Padmanabhan

Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, (IUCAA)
Pune, India
Fetzer Franklin Fund

Articles: More than 240 articles and papers
________Planck length: Lost + found. October 2020
_______  The Universe Began With a Big Melt, Not a Big Bang,, 2017
ArXiv: Atoms of spacetime & cosmological constant (2017) 
______ Probing the Planck scale (June 2020)  
Books: Nine books- Cambridge University Press (CUP)
_______After the First Three Minutes, CUP, 1998
_______Structure Formation in the Universe, CUP, 1993
______ The Dawn of ScienceSpringer, Heidelberg, 2019
YouTube: Advanced Topics in General Relativity

Other references within this website:

Most recent email: Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 9:54 AM 

Dear Prof Dr. Thanu Padmanabhan:

My first question: Can we open up the front end of the Standard Model with data sets from the Planck Base Units?

If yes, might we assume, as a thought experiment:
1. Those Planck base units manifest as a basic building block and that building block is spherical.
2. This spherical building block manifests the qualities of pi and cubic-close packing of equal spheres and the Fourier Transform.
3. Planck Time defines a rate of expansion and dynamic labeling. The rate by which those building blocks emerge is 539.11 tredecillion units per second. Can we begin thinking anew about the aether, dark energy and dark matter, and the basis of homogeneity and isotropy?

Might that help to mitigate our inherent proclivity toward solipsism? Thank you.
Most sincerely,
PS. The links embedded above are as follows:
1. Planck units (notations 1-202):
2. Thought experiment:
3. Pi, a basic building block:
4. ccp:
5. Fourier:
6. Planck Time/second – 539.11 tredecillion:
7. Aether:
8. Dark energy and dark matter:
9. Homogeneity and isotropy:
10. Solipsism:
Thanks again. -BEC

From my last note to you: Max Planck ignored his own calculations. Perhaps he didn’t know what to do with them. It took out-of-the-box thinkers, a bold scholar like C. Alden Mead, to open that door. In 1959 he wrote about the place of the Planck scale. Leading first-principles scholars like John Barrow (1982) and Thanu Padmanabhan (1985) also began wrestling with the Planck units. Frank Wilczek finally broke open the Planck scale to the world in 2001 with a series of articles in Physics Today.

Third email: Wednesday, January 29, 2019, 8:08 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Thanu Padmanabhan,

I am back re-reading your voluminous work. You are a natural scholar and have been thinking about the nature of time for a long time. Is absolute space and time necessary for any of our most-promising, current theories to work?

Thank you.



Second email: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:23 AM

Thank you for your acknowledgement.

Your work is back on my schedule for my morning read!
I was hoping that you might have some corrective advice.
It’s not easy being quite so idiosyncratic!

Thank you.



First email: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 11:19 AM


Dear Prof. Dr. Thanu Padmanabhan,

I have come to you through your 1985 Science Direct article,
Physical significance of planck length (PDF) and because it seems to be one of the earliest papers to explore the Planck Length, it is referenced in an article along with Alden Mead, John Barrow, and Frank Wilczek.

I just posted it today. You are also in the footnotes.

Fair warning, my writing and thinking is quite idiosyncratic. Some probably
think its entirely idiotic. That seems to be the nature of life in our unusual

You are obviously a genius given your extraordinary history. If you have any comments, I would be very pleased. You have a refreshing sense of humor: “The Answer.” After trying to grasp your older work from 1985, I’ll move up to your more recent articles and books.

Thanks again.



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