# Raphael Bousso

University of California at Berkeley

66 LeConte Hall MC 730

Berkeley, CA, 94720-7300

“Everything would just come out of math and pi and twos. And we came in and said, ‘Look, it’s not going to happen, and there’s a reason it’s not going to happen. We’re thinking about this in totally the wrong way.’” –

Is Nature Unnatural?by Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine,May 24, 2013(also published in Scientific American, June 2013)

ArXiv: Joseph Polchinski: A Biographical Memoir

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First email: 25 March 2020 @5:43 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Raphael Bousso:

What a fine read, your tribute to Joe Polchinski. Thank you.

Might you be able to reconstruct a comment you made to Natalie Wolchover when you said, “…*everything would just come out of math and pi and twos. And we came in and said, ‘Look, it’s not going to happen, and there’s a reason it’s not going to happen. We’re thinking about this in totally the wrong way.’ “* It prompted these questions:

- Do you know anybody who has thought about starting the universe from Planck Time and his base units? If not, you are meeting one such knucklehead with this note.
- Has anybody thought to apply base-2 exponential notation?
- Has anybody thought that the first manifestation of Planck units could be a sphere?
- Has anybody thought about sphere stacking beyond the density math questions?

Now you know why I was taken back with your quote. Could it possibly be that simple?

You may find our current homepage to be a short summary of our idiosyncratic work: https://81018.com/uni-verse

Thanks.

Most sincerely,

Bruce