First email: Monday, Dec 14, 2020, 1:01 PM
Dear Prof. Emeritus Dr. David Robinson:
This morning, I reached for The Nature of the Universe by Clive Kilmister. It had been many years since visiting with his book and I was pleased to rediscover a note on the inside from Clive dated December 1, 1977. I thought you might enjoy seeing it.
I noticed it was sent to me in care of Dr. Bernard Camber, 27 Wimpole Street, London. Bernard taught chemistry at Oxford but later shifted his studies to the chemistry of the mind and opened a private practice at that address made familiar through My Fair Lady. At that time, a dear friend back home was Daniel Thompson, a chemistry professor at Yale who spent his summers in the employ of the Royal Family to restore masterpieces in need of some care. So many stories from that time are now so blended.
Now I think Clive’s note could also be of interest to Richard Camber, so I have copied him as well. Richard spent part of his most creative career at the British Museum and authored books about many collections. He also spent part of his time with Sotheby’s. Its lineage includes Parke Bernet where Otto Bernet had married a great aunt of mine. It’s such a small world.
My work has been to open a model that suggests we live in a very small universe.
I turned to Clive to have some time to free associate my idiosyncratic notions with his chapter on Unusual Cosmological Theories where we find PM Dirac and his very large numbers. I gravitated in the other direction to Max Planck’s infinitesimal numbers. My application of base-2 to Planck base units has given me a bottoms-up, mathematical grid of the universe. Yet Clive has died, so to whom shall I turn to discuss such a concept as a Planck-scale grid? The first 64-of-only 202 notations perhaps form the basis of a natural inflation whereby the foundations of homogeneity and isotropy and dark matter and energy come alive. Bastin and that entire coterie of open thinkers have all passed on.
To whom might I turn? You? Thank you so very much.