On following the work of David Tong

David Tong, Department of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMPT)
Cambridge University
, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, England

ArXiv (99)A Matrix Model for WZW (2016), DBI in the Sky (2004)
Google Scholar
Video:  YouTube Quantum Fields: The Real Building Blocks of the Universe, The Royal Institution, 15 Feb  2017

Most recent email: September 30, 2020

Dear Prof. Dr. David Tong:

Just over three years ago I sent a  little note after listening to your 2017 Royal Institution Faraday Lecture. Today, I pulled from my shelf a periodical, Fields Within Fields…Within Fields, that back in 1970 in NYC, Julius Stuhlman gave me. He was the founder of the World Institute Council and the Publisher of a Fields Within Fields… Within FieldsDr. Ervin Laszlo was part of his entourage of writers.

These were people who would cheer and support your work even before you were born!

Of course, we’ve had the benefit of Frank Wilczek’s work to exegete the 1899 insights and calculations of Max Planck, along with Max’s 1905 publication of The Theory Of Heat Radiation, and the 1914 English translation with Morton Masius.

My questions are few:
1. Can we take the Planck units as a starting point for the universe?
2. In the spirit of John Wheeler and his quantum foam, is there any possibility that it could instantiate as an infinitesimal sphere?
3. If so, might that sphere inculcate all the dynamics of cubic close packing of equal spheres

I will include an updated copy of my earlier note. As I continue my studies of your work, I will build on those references to your work and to my notes here: https://81018.com/2020/09/29/tong/

Again, I thank you for your most formidable work, truly an inspiration.

Most sincerely,


First email: June 30, 2017, 9:13 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. David Tong:

What a lovely thing to do on Friday evening — I listened to your Faraday lecture* about magnetic fields. Excellent. It has taken awhile to appreciate the deep mysteries of our electromagnetic fields. Perhaps Planck’s 1899 insights that opened the way to his Planck base units of Time, Length, Mass and Charge might open some interesting, even deeper explanations.

It has taken awhile for Planck’s work to be appreciated. Even Planck ignored his base units. Frank Wilczek seemed to open the door and turned on the lights in 2001 with his Physics Today three-part article, Scaling Mt. Planck. It took the naivete of a high school geometry class to drill down inside the tetrahedron and octahedron the 45 steps to the CERN-scale and 67-additional steps to the Planck scale. Multiplying by 2 was easy. In just 90 steps we were in the range of the Observable Universe and the Age of the Universe! The infinitesimal scale went from Planck’s numbers to the 67th doubling. The human scale went from Notation-67 to Notation-134. And, the large-scale went from from Notation-135 to 202.

That’s all there is: 202 doublings, notations, steps, layers, groups, clusters sets… from the Planck Time to the current Age of the Universe, right now, this second.

Perhaps science visualizes the waves, fluids, bundles and fields a little too quark-like. Perhaps if we were to start at the Planck units and follow that simple multiplication by 2, each doubling being the power of 2, we are given 67 new layers to explore! Wouldn’t that be novel? …even fun? The CERN-scale is just so gross.

What might we do with all that math? If we start simple, and we also start with a few scaling vertices, perhaps we can build all the mathematics and geometries and spin that we need… Fields Within Fields Within Fields.

Here’s all our sweet, little math:
Horizontally scrolled: https://81018.com/chart/
Vertically-scrolled: https://81018.com/chart4/

Novel. Fanciful. But, is it useful?

To date, it is a simple STEM tool with many open questions. Obviously it is not a big bang but a quiet expansion and rather natural inflation that is entirely predictive as it defines the cosmological epochs. Thanks.

Most sincerely,

* Quantum Fields: The Real Building Blocks of the Universe, The Royal Institution (London)

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