On getting to learn about the work of Don Nelson Page…

Don N. Page, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics
University of Alberta
, Edmonton, Alberta

ArXiv: Possible Superluminal Propagation inside Conscious Beings (Jan 28, 2020), Cosmic Mnemonics, Douglas Scott, Ali Narimani, Don N. Page (2013), Anthropic Estimates for Many Parameters of Physics and Astronomy, Don N. Page, Alberta  (2017)
AIP Interview by Alan Lightman
Google Scholar
Homepage(s): (OEIS, Univ. Alberta), INSPIREHEP, ORCID, Twitter, Wikipedia
Video: Closer to the Truth   YouTube

References within this website:

Most recent email: 12 March 2022

Dear Don:

Three assumptions place me well outside the mainstream:

1. The Planck base units manifest as a primordial sphere much like Lemaitre’s primeval atom.

2. Planck Time suggests a rate of expansion which would be approximately 539 tredecillion spheres per second given Planck Time: 5.391 16(13)×10-44 (s). That’s a few spheres so base-2 is used to impute order. Nothing more. But, that is a lot, given it only gives us 202 groups with which to work. That  chart of numbers tells the story.  The first 64 notations are below all possible physical measurements but for every notation, we have Planck’s data (there is plenty of information to study with each notation). Though it starts cold, close to absolute zero, by the Notation-136, it is hot enough for the Quark-Gluon Plasma processes. The first second only emerges in the 143rd notation. The first 150 million years is up between Notations 195-and-196. It encapsulates all the big bang data very nicely.

3. Simple sphere stacking and cubic-close packing of equal spheres become fundamental (perhaps it takes a simple mind to see simple things).

So, I’ve brought Pi Day into this picture: https://81018.com/challenge/

Third email: 29 September 2020

Dear Don,

Thank you. I am most pleased to get reconnected. And, now that I have stopped long enough to read more deeply into your history, your work, and background, I am honored to know you.

Now, I should tell you that we have family all throughout Alberta. When I was a young teenager, we visited my old great-uncle, John Muir. He was a wildcatter, literally and figuratively. He married a woman whose roots in that area went back hundreds of years. Uncle John was truly a character among characters. …so many stories… There is a strain of those Muirs that runs in the family and runs in my work so I’ll always be open to criticism, even rebuke. Paul Simon’s 1975 song, “Still Crazy After All These Years,” resonates.

I now have a page of references to you: https://81018.com/2020/09/28/page/ 

Every reference posted is my current de facto homework assignment. Your work will help me. I already have read enough to know that. When I have grasped enough of your work to be dangerous, I’ll send along some comments. Thanks again for your scholarship and your lifetime of work.

Most sincerely,


PS. Long ago, I set aside Alan Lightman’s December 2012 Harper’s essay, What Came Before The Big Bang? and, of course, now rediscover the reference to you and your faith. With Cosmic Mnemonics and Anthropic Estimates for Many Parameters of Physics and Astronomy, there is already so much to discuss. Thanks again for those recommendations.  -BEC

Second email: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Don Page:

There are so many questions I would like to ask you, but I do not want to waste your time with my lack of depth.

Our work comes out of a high school in New Orleans; it is an idiosyncratic construction of the universe using base-2 exponential notation starting with Planck’s base units and goes out to the Age of the Universe in 202 notations.

The first 67 notations, taken as a whole, open paths from the Planck base units to current research. This model of the universe seems to be more liberating than the big bang in as much as it introduces time symmetry, notation by notation. And most importantly, it opens a very different view of the finite-infinite relation. The entire universe adopts a deeper sense of charm and flavor.

Would you take a look and could you tell us why we are so far off?

With great thanks,



First-known email: Monday, November 29, 2010 

Dear Don:

Bill (Williams) introduced us through email a couple of years ago. Are you a close friend?

Did I read correctly that Bill died in February 2010? Do you have any details? Thank you so much.



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