Physical Review Letters

Robert Garisto

Editor, Physical Review Letter

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Articles: Quantum phase transitions in spin systems and ultracold gases, October 2014
ArXiv: Observer Selection Effects Depend on How Observers Are Selected (May 2020)
______ What is the speed of quantum information?
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First email: Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 11:57 AM

TO: Editor, Physical Review Letters

Dear Dr. Robert Garisto:

From a high school teacher’s teacher and his inquiring class of students, we ask,

  • What if the universe starts with the Planck base units, what might be the first “thing” created?
  • What if the first thing created is a sphere defined by those Planck base units?
  • What if there is an endless stream of spheres and the first functional activity is sphere stacking?
  • What if sphere stacking opens cubic close packing of equal spheres and tetrahedrons and octahedrons are generated? Does Plato follow?
  • What if the concept of infinity has been so tainted by philosophies, we miss its most simple definition — continuity creating order, symmetry creating relations, and harmony creating dynamics; and then we add, “Please keep all other definitions to yourself. They are not necessary here.”
  • And so we finally ask, “Is there a glimmer of truth to our simple what if  questions? If so, doesn’t that change our basic equations a bit?”

Our simple extension of that logic is a chart of just 202 base-2 notations encapsulating everything, everywhere for all time. It’s just numbers, but it has a simple expression that our students grasped. BUT, we stopped using all of this “wild-and-crazy thinking” in our curriculum because we didn’t want to taint the students with something so idiosyncratic! Though it has a special logic, nobody seems to care. Could you tell us why? Thank you.

Most sincerely,
Bruce

PS. Our introduction to you? We were captivated by your arbitration of the 2011 wager in the castle! -BEC


Felix Klein (1849-1925) said “Physics is geometry.” John Wheeler from about 1952 to 1972 also made the statement, “Physics is geometry.”


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