Solvay 2022, Physics: The Physics of Quantum Information

Seated: Ketterle, Maldecena, Haroche, Henneaux, Gross, Zoller, Wineland, Preskill, Halperin, Wen
Second row: Aharonov, Stanford, Engelhardt, Aaronson, Rey, Vazirani, Girvin, Schoelkopf, Blatt, Cirac, Gottesman, Shor, Verstraete
Third row: Sevrin, Hubeny, Gambetta, Terhal, Simmons, Khemani, Nakamura
Fourth row: Marcus, Bloch, Browaeys, Vidick, Pollmann, Wiebe, Penington
Fifth row: Jiang, Fisher, Wall, Harlow, Martinis, Troyer, Farhi, Almheiri, Calabrese, Altman

Frank Verstraete @fverstraete The conference was great, and it was a great honour to be the rapporteur on the topic of “quantum imformation and many-body physics”.


The 2022 Science for the Future Solvay Prize has been awarded to Katalin Karikó  for her work on the biochemical modification of synthetically produced messenger RNA (mRNA), which has enabled the rapid development of vaccines and saves many lives. It could also help fight other diseases like cancer, infection from influenza, malaria, or HIV in the future. Professor Karikó is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she worked for 24 years before joining BioNTech SE in 2013 as a senior VP. She is also professor at University of Szeged, Hungary from where she received her PhD in biochemistry in 1982.

Negi, Lobsang Tenzin

Homepage(s): Center for Sustainable Living, Apple Podcast

First email: 1 April 2022 at 

Lobsang Tenzin Negi, PhD
Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Department of Religion
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322

Dear Prof. Dr. Lobsang Tenzin Negi:

As we all know so well, our little world consistently makes a diabolical mess of things. If we are ever going to get it right, we’ve got to do as Julie Andrews (Sound of Music) and James Peebles (Nobel 2019) say and “start at the very beginning.” We don’t know where that is, so we guess.

And so I ask, “Can we guess a little more boldly?”

Here is how I’d do it:

1. If we start with the Planck base units, we’ll begin to see our entire universe.

2. How did the universe start? When we agree, we’ll all really get to work.

3. Checklist: Acknowledge, consider, note, observe

4. Our rather simple overview about the start of the universe

Thank you.


Bruce E. Camber
Center for Perfection Studies


§ Stewart Brand is a writer, organizer, and instigator.  He is best known  as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He is the founder of The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation.

Bruce Camber: “My goal in writing to Stewart is to have his group expand their mission and vision to include the universe. Let’s start a Whole Universe Catalog.”


Most recent email: date and time

Dear Stewart:

What a treat to see Tim O’Reilly’s retweet of your Tweet!
“Rigid ideologies distort our view of reality… and value too little love, humility, and kindness.” -Stewart Brand, editor/publisher, Whole Earth Catalog. My first response was, “Yes, T.H.E. # 1 Brand lives!” My second response: “Classic Brand!”

How totally special to find you so in the fight. You’ll get this:

It seems too simple, but we’ve all had an obvious blind spot.
We’re off on some of the fundamentals.
Here’s the backgrounder:

Here are our first efforts at reconciliation therapy:
A Quiet Expansion of the Universe – Worldviews Are Too Limited
Interesting? If so, let’s talk.
This could be the beginning of a Whole Universe Catalog (in 201 pages).
Let’s subtitle it: Propaedeutics to Harmonizing Everything, Everywhere, for All Time.


First contact in a long time: 3 September 2016

Dear Stewart,

Email is so unreliable these days, I have taken to posting my notes then tweeting and re-sending my email with that link.

I suspect my notes to you are caught in some kind of filter, so
please allow me now to point the way to that July 9, 2016 email here: (that’s this page)

If you are just too busy with life, certainly I understand, yet
I believe a “Whole Universe Catalog” could be your greatest achievement!


Tweet to Stewart: (also on Saturday, 23 September 2016)
@stewartbrand “The Whole Universe Catalog” in just over 200 pages!
It would change the world and save the universe.

Emails and Letters

On following the work of Ngô Bao Châu

Ngô Bao Châu, University of Chicago

ArXiv: The 80-year development of Vietnam mathematical research, 2020
ArXiv: Invariant theory for the commuting scheme of symplectic Lie algebras; Algebraic Geometry (math.AG), February 2021. “We propose a proof for conjectures of Langlands, Shelstad and Waldspurger known as the fundamental lemma for Lie algebras and the non-standard fundamental lemma. The proof is based on a study of the decomposition of the l-adic cohomology of the Hitchin fibration into direct sum of simple perverse sheaves.”

Research and Relate: (1) Hitchin fibrations — purely geometric objects, (2) Galois groups in algebraic number theory to automorphic forms and representation theory of algebraic groups over local fields and adeles, (3) the automorphic L-function, L (s, π, ρ), as Langlands discovered, depended not only on the automorphic representation π, but also on an auxiliary finite dimensional representation ρ of a canonically associated dual group or L-group.

Homepages: Chicago, Google Scholar, IAS, VIASM (About)
Semantic Scholar

References with this website:
This page

First email: 4 December 2021 at 4 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Ngô Bao Châu:

I spent a few days in Hanoi and Saigon about ten years ago. My very first interactions with Hanoi were in 1969 and 1970. That’s a long story.

In 2014 I picked up Ed Frenkel’s Love & Math and was introduced to Robert Langlands, of course, and to others like Drinfeld and Gelfand. It is a very steep learning curve; and like most, I have barely scratched the surface.

Your work quickly came to my attention and it has taken until today to humble myself and confess that I will probably die before even grasping the essentials… even after spending time on the IAS papers of so many of the primary program authors like yourself.

My working summary page about your work is here: (this page). It is just starting.

May I ask you a few questions? It will be in light of my current work to follow-up this page: The next article will open with comments about the Langlands programs understanding of place and role of infinity, pi, and infinitesimal spheres? Thank you.

Most sincerely,


Bruce E. Camber


Could part of the universe have started cold even with an infinitesimally short-burst of light at the Planck Temperature? These are the wrestlings from a “cold-start” camp.


A cold-start of the universe is postulated so basic structure can be analyzed in light of the Planck base units. Can the most basic forms and functions within science logically and systematically unfold?
(1).Here, the.progenitor of the circle and sphere, pi (π), has a pivotal role as one of our earliest working equations.
(2).Pi.comes out of the seminal concepts of continuity, symmetry and harmony, simple perfections.
(3).Spheres come alive and there is a rate of expansion.
(4).Building on such concepts, Kepler and others give us sphere stacking and cubic-close packing of equal spheres.
(5).Joseph.Fourier’s work on basic transformations (circa 1822) expands our understanding of pi and periodicity.
(6) Our initial value formulation uses the 1899 logic of Max Planck’s natural base units of length, time, mass and charge; these four numbers, and all the dimensionless constants used to define them, are fundamental.
(7).To.create.order out of such a large number of spheres within the infinitesimal, we apply Euler’s base-2 notation. From PlanckTime to this day, there are just 202 notations.
(8).The.first.64 notations are below the thresholds of direct measurements. These first 64 of the 202 are most foundational (and all superconductingly cold).
(9) a new laboratory for explorations.
(10).Here let us engage causal set theory, causal dynamical triangulation, string theory, Langlands programs and so many other logically-constructed environments, too small to be measured, yet within the first 64 notations of this mathematical laboratory. -BEC


Bibi Gul

At one time, during the American occupation from 2002 through August 2021, Bibi Gul also known as Rula Ghani was the First Lady of Afghanistan.

On August 18, 2018 we sent a little note to her through her official email account. It went like this:

My dear First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula (Bibi Gul) Ghani,

The world’s people have been bleeding with the people of Afghanistan for many years. We have also followed the travails of Pakistan. Of the seven nations defined by a -stan, please consider the possibility of forming an alliance between the seven nations to teach us all throughout the world the first principles of life.

These principles must incorporate-yet-transcend religion to address the best of all religions.  These principles would take education to a higher level.

I would be most happy to be a very quiet advisor:

Western science has its own history of mistakes and working out those mistakes will take a new scholarship that the First Ladies of your seven-nation alliance could be instrumental in helping to reset. Also, the world’s people need to be introduced to the best within your seven nations. Become a destination for the world’s people. The place and importance of seven countries shared history needs to be proudly told by all her citizens.

Your alliance could help us all to understand the very nature of government, of ethics, and of family. In time, I shall write to the other six First Ladies and invite them to consider this simple suggestion.

Most sincerely,
Bruce Camber, USA

The Seven-Stan Countries:
AfghanistanKazakhstanKyrgyzstanPakistanTajikistanTurkmenistan and Uzbekistan