On discovering the work of David H. Bailey…

David Bailey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Davis Computer Science

ArXiv: Experimental Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, 2010
Homepage(s): dblp, Math Scholar, Experimental Math, UC Davis Computer Science

Most recent email: July 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Dear Dr. David Bailey,

Reading with great surprise, “In 1950, while having lunch with colleagues Edward Teller and Herbert York, who were chatting about a recent cartoon in the New Yorker depicting aliens…”  I asked myself, “Just how old is David Bailey?” 

I went on a search, found your Wikipedia page and was greatly relieved that you weren’t a nonagenarian or centenarian. You are in fact a year younger than me… I was relieved to have time to kibitz. Then, I realized it was Enrio Fermi who was at lunch! Yet, given Herbert York died in 2009 and Edward Teller in 2003, I thought it was possible that you were there! Excellent article. I’ve been asked and never had those excellent nine points. What a lunch in 1950 inspired. Congratulations.

I am doing my usual idiosyncratic work and thought you might enjoy seeing a sweet bit of geometry: https://81018.com/15-2/  I took that picture just last month and first taped the five octahedrons together a month earlier. I suspect there are very few people with clear octahedrons and tetrahedrons with which to create these things.  The computer programs and commercial geometric construction kits do not display that gap.  

Any first impressions? …advice?




PS.  I am enjoying your webpages: https://www.davidhbailey.com/ https://mathscholar.org/ and all the others listed. Excellent. Thanks. -BEC

First email: Thu, Aug 11, 2016, 4:12 PM

David –  I was looking for primary references about the Planck Epoch and landed on your http://www.sciencemeetsreligion.org/physics/ page and especially enjoyed your summary and chronology.

A couple of years ago, I looked up at the ceiling of La Sagrada Familia cathedral, so when I saw your picture on the site, I had to look further.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_H._Bailey was my next stopping point.  And then,  http://www.davidhbailey.com/

Thank you for all your work.  I have bookmarked the pages.

My last venture in physics was in 1980 at BU with Robert Cohen and that gang, and in Paris with Jean-Pierre Vigier and Olivier Costa de Beauregard, both of the Institut Henri Poincaré.  I had worked with Cohen and the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science since about 1971.

I backed into it all over again within a high school geometry class.  My nephew asked me to help out. That was 2011.  Since then we’ve been using base-2 (https://81018.com) exponential notation to go from the Planck scale to the Age of the Universe. A horizontally-scrolled base-2 chart: https://81018.com/chart/ And though totally naive and wet behind our ears, we have begun to question aspects of big bang cosmology.

Because the family says, “Bruce, we don’t understand,” I have started a version for them: https://81018.com/bigbang/

I believe the key will boil down to the electroweak processes:

Along the way we are bumping into very large numbers in very small places: https://81018.com/expansion/

Although we’ve started from a relatively simple place and had the special help of Max Planck and Frank Wilczek; they paved the way), it is still bewildering.

We’ll continue to plod along, but given your background, expertise, and sensitivities, I would be most interested to hear what you think (knowing full-well how entirely idiosyncratic we have become).

Thank you.

Most sincerely,