On following the work of Alisa Bokulich

Alisa N. Bokulich, Director, Center for Philosophy & History of Science (CPHS)
Professor of Philosophy, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02138

· How Scientific Models Can Explain, Synthese 180 (1): 33-45 (2011)
· Quantum measurements and supertasks. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 17, 2 (2003), 127–136
Book(s): Rexamining the Quantum-Classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

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Second email: 28 June 2022 at 11:12 AM

RE: Aristotle thought you could tile and tessellate the universe with tetrahedrons

Dear Prof. Dr. Alisa Bokulich:

Aristotle’s 1800-year mistake was well-analyzed in 2012 by Jeffrey Lagarias (Michigan) and Chaunming Zong (Tianjin). For their work, they were recognized in 2015 with the AMS Levi L. Conant Prize. Lagarais gave the 2015 Clay (Mathematics Institute) Fellow Senior Talk. All that being said, we can find no analysis of the gaps created by five tetrahedrons sharing a common edge and centerpoints. And now, seven years later, this work, along with Aristotle’s mistake, is quietly fading from view.

I think these gaps are a fundamental geometric construction that has everything to do with quantum geometries and quantum computing. It seems logical that future progress in these disciplines will be limited until these gaps become a factor in our equations and circuitries. My analysis is here: https://81018.com/geometries/

Do you think it is worth further study? Thank you.

Most sincerely,


PS. Just to keep track of who-what-why-when-where-how, I have a page for each scholar to whom I write. My page for you is here: https://81018.com/bokulich/  If you ever want it updated in any way, I’ll be glad to make changes. -BEC

First email: Tuesday, 11 September 2019, 11:21 AM

Dear Prof. Dr. Alisa Bokulich:

Your work, “How Scientific Models Can Explain” (Bokulich, A. Synthese (2011) 180: 33. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-009-9565-1), offers hope for idiosyncratic thinkers like me. You have a wonderful sense of openness: Bokulich- Forest for the Ψ, “Exploring alternative formalisms for a theory, such as LQH…” (page 3).

Long ago, way back in 1971 I became a groupie of CPHS; and, Robert S. Cohen and Marx Wartofsky became de facto mentors. In 1972, I was often invited to the pre-lecture dinners and was often sat next to the speaker. I was so full of questions and most often quite appreciative of the invited scholar’s work. I was a youthful decoy before the well-known onslaught of questions and rather pointed comments after the speaker’s formal delivery. At that time I was part of a think tank (Synectics) across the river where we tried to fully engage and absorb another’s ideas. After a session was over, Bob, watching my naïveté in action, would very gently encourage me to stay my course.

There is a much larger story here, but that can wait for another time.

I just wanted to say hello and thank you for carrying on a rich tradition. My best wishes are with you.

Most sincerely,