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August 11, 2020, 9:52 AM
Dear Prof. Dr. Alexei Starobinsky:
You are among the signatories of rebuttal to the Anna Ijjas, Paul J. Steinhardt and Abraham Loeb, Pop Goes the Universe (2017) Scientific American article. Here are the most luminous, creative people on earth who have spent a lifetime in search of answers. And, this is our current state of affairs?
Could we break the logjam with a radically different start that echoes back to Lemaître?
I think you could help break the logjam if you could net down the key functional relations within three of your articles but in light of a simple “what if” question. Any three articles might do, however, I am attracted to the following: (1) your 1980 singularity treatise (Physics Letters B, Volume 91, Issue 1, 24 March 1980, Pages 99-102), (2) Reconstructing dark energy (International Journal of Modern Physics D 15 (12), 2105-2132, 2008), and (3) the 2018 group’s work, Exploring Cosmic Origins with CORE (Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, Volume 2018, April 2018).
The “what if” question is unusual and quite idiosyncratic. It will require the suspension of old concepts about space and time. What if the very first moment of space-time and matter-energy is defined by the Planck base units and the first expression within that space-time is an infinitesimal sphere with all the dynamics of the Fourier transform and other spherical dynamics about which we are so well acquainted?
It could be a difficult assignment, but who better to consider such a prospect given your history and current perspectives. What do we have to lose? Thank you.
And, please, let me congratulate you on an extraordinary career.