Guerri, Annalisa

Annalisa Guerri

Department of Chemistry
University of Florence
Via della Lastruccia, 3
50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture
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International School of Crystallography

First email: Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7:59 AM

Dear Prof. Dr. Annalisa Guerri:

This letter will undoubtedly be among the most naive that you receive today!

We all know that Max Planck’s four basic units were ostensibly ignored by the scientific community for over 100 years. A notable attempt to engage the Planck Length was by a University of Minnesota chemistry professor, C. Alden Mead. I’ll include my overview below.

My interest is in finding a crystallographer who is comfortable within the Planck scale and who has a deep appreciation for the simple interior definition of the octahedron and the tetrahedrons within it.

With all your involvement in the international school and conferences, I thought perhaps somebody would quickly come to mind. I will continue my best efforts by continuing to do online searches today. Thank you.

Most sincerely,

Quick Summary: These dynamics are our platform to re-engage the Planck Scale. 

The Planck Scale

Max Planck introduced his fundamental units within his 1906/1914 book, the Theory of Heat Radiation.a In 1964 C. Alden Mead finally had an article published that used the Planck Length. Titled Possible Connection Between Gravitation and Fundamental Length (Phys. Rev. 135, B849, August 1964),b it had been held up in peer review for over five years. Nobody quite understood the Planck base units. Mead’s article is the first-known to be published to use the Planck Length. In 1982 John D. Barrow wrote an article, Natural Units Before Planck,c mostly a quick study of George Stoney’s work as a precursor for Max Planck’s work to define basic units. In 1985 Thanu Padmanabhan, wrote Physical significance of planck length d (Annals of Physics, Volume 165, Issue 1, November 1985, Pages 38-58). In 1992, John Archibald Wheeler compiled Physics at the Planck Length,e International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 08, No. 23, pp. 4013-4018 (1993). In 1998 Joseph Polchinski published Quantum Gravity at the Planck Length. f And, in 2001, Frank Wilczek g wrote a series of three articles for Physics Today (Scaling Mount Planck, I, II, and III ) about the Planck units and finally the rest of the scientific community really began to take note.

Platform for the Planck Scale: Since 2011 we have explored the Planck scale. Since 2016 this exploration has been compiled within this website. This is the first time to consider the possible concresence and transformations that could be occurring with cubic close packing, sphere stacking,  the Fourier transform, and period doubling. These dynamics raise rather unusual questions about this scale that began with Max Planck’s Theory of Heat Radiation awhich was followed by the work of these key scholars:
b C. Alden Mead, Possible Connection Between Gravitation and Fundamental Length (Phys. Rev. 135, B849, August 1964)
c John D. Barrow, Natural Units Before Planck, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 24, P. 24, 1983
d Thanu Padmanabhan, Physical significance of planck length, Annals of Physics, Volume 165, Issue 1, November 1985, Pages 38-58  PDF (currently a distinguished professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, (IUCAA), Pune, India)
e John Archibald Wheeler, Physics at the Planck Length, International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 08, No. 23, pp. 4013-4018 (1993).
f Joseph Polchinski.  Quantum gravity at the planck scale, 1998 Polchinski
g Frank Wilczek Physics Today (Scaling Mount Planck, I: A View from the Bottom June 2001, II: Base Camp, November 2001, and III: Is that all there is? June 2002 Also, conisder this key section of the Wilczek et al article on fundamental laws.
h All the formulas for the Planck scale became a primary study for us.