On starting to follow the work of Steve J. Carlip

Steven Jonathan Carlip, Department of Physics
University of California
, Davis, CA 95616, USA

ArXiv (78): A Schwarzian on the Stretched Horizon, 2022
Quantum Fields, Geometric Fluctuations, and the Structure of Spacetime, 2018, 2020
Homepage(s): Personal

RE: Quantum Fields, Geometric Fluctuations, and the Structure of Spacetime

First email: Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 8:45 AM

Dear Prof. Dr. Steve Carlip,

Your work with Ricardo A. Mosna and João Paulo M. Pitelli came to my attention first. In a search today there are not many articles that have geometry and quantum fluctuations in the same sentence. So, very quickly, I saved your article so I could read it at my leisure and study your references, especially given your background in physics and mathematics through Harvard, IAS, and UC-Davis. 

As points of reference, in 1979 I had a project at MIT and got Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Glashow involved. A friend of mine from Boston University, Patricio Letelier, was a Chilean mathematical physicist and professor at University of Campinas (UNICAMP). I suspect your colleagues knew him or of him. I created a Wikipedia entry about him (See: View History, August 20, 2019).

My background within academia is incomplete. I have also become biassed by discovering in 2011 that there are just 202 base-2 notations from the Planck scale to the current time (and size of the universe). Also in 2022, I found a five-octahedral gap that complements the five-tetrahedral gap that Aristotle made infamous. One of the results is a very different take on transitions to non-Gaussianity within the first 64 notations along the way to quantum fluctuations.

I just started a page about your work. It’s still rough but it’s the only way I can keep track of the work of scholars to whom I write. Our work will strike you as rather odd, but you may have some “first-impressions” and advice for us and that is why I write to you.  I’ll be using your work to further develop my thoughts to follow-up this page: https://81018.com/geometries/

Thank you for your time.

Most sincerely,


PS. I think I remember seeing you at a UC-Davis conference that touched on the EPR that I dropped in on back in 2018. Also, looking at your ArXiv publications it is gratifying to see so many articles where you are the single author. Also, I grew up in the shadows of Harvard. When still in high school in 1964, I joined the Harvard SDS. Later, in 1971, I was with Arthur Loeb and his group called the Philomorphs in the attic of Sever Hall. In 1975 I was over at the Harvard Divinity School with Arthur McGill where we engaged Austin Farrer’s Finite and Infinite

We may have crossed paths more than once! -BEC