Stanley Deser, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
• Article: Before Before, Inference, May 2022 (micro-article and Deser intro)
• ArXiv (10): More to come
• Books: Forks In The Road: A Life In Physics, World Scientific, 2022
First email: 8 July 2022 at 6:30 PM
Background: Time. When you were getting your PhD, I was in the first grade…Today, the playing field is leveled. We are both asking about the endpoints… Place: Long ago, I attended lectures at Brandeis and once taught math teachers in the Lincoln Public School system on how to use metaphors and analogies (early ’70s) within mathematics.
Dear Prof. Dr. Stanley Deser:
How about this for our credo quia absurdum. The first moment of spacetime was an infinitesimal sphere defined by the Planck base units (or their equivalents) and all dimensionless constants are a product of infinity as defined by her qualitative, continuity, symmetry, and harmony. Projected to render a rate of one sphere per unit of Planck Time, these first spheres generate the most simple geometries. It computes to about 539 tredecillion spheres per second. Cubic-close packing of equal spheres is part of that early dynamic. Tetrahedral-octahedral generation necessarily follows.
Perfectly smooth, then comes the tetrahedral gap that Aristotle missed, and then the octahedral gap that we all seem to have missed. Absurdum, yes. But, logical? Maybe.
Shall I go on? Thanks for your Inference mini-short article. A very good read.
PS. Our query started when we went down deep inside the tetrahedron, 112 base-2 steps to the Planck scale. We also went out, multiplying by 2, to the current time (13.81 billion years later) in just 90 more steps. That’s just 202 steps to encapsulate the universe: https://81018.com/chart/
Yes, as Paul Simon sings, “…still crazy after all these years.” -BEC