On following the work of Daniel Hooper…

Dan Hooper, Fermi National Laboratory
Wilson Street and Kirk Road, Batavia IL 60510-5011

ArXiv: Dan Hooper
TASI Lectures on Indirect Searches For Dark Matter (PDF), 2018)
Homepages: Chicago, LinkedIN
Podcast: Why This Universe? 
Publications: Books
Dark Cosmos: In Search of our Universe’s Missing Mass and Energy (2006)
Nature’s Blueprint; Supersymmetry and the Search for a Unified Theory of Matter and Force (2008)
At the Edge of Time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds (2019)
YouTube: Tedx Talk, Higgs Boson, 2012, On Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB7d89-YHjM

References within this website:

Second email: 31 January 2022 @ 4:30 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Daniel Hooper:

I was visiting with some of our high school kids and we began talking about the Planck base units. We did a little thought experiment and used those units as a starting point for the basic structures of the universe knowing full-well that we were orders of magnitude smaller than anything defined within the Standard Model for Particle Physics. So, we began at the Planck scale with infinitesimal first particles that stacked and packed. It charts out nicely.

Even though a thought experiment, do you know if such a scenario has been logically explored?

It seemed to us that just maybe we could find a Langlands programs expert and string/M theory person and pull them into our first 64 of the 202 notations (base-2 doublings). Yes, there are 64 doublings before the Higgs and the particle zoo. Do you know anybody who has ever considered it?

Thank you.
Most sincerely,


First email: 18 August 2020 @ 5:55 PM

You are a scholar’s scholar. I really don’t know how you do it all! Articles, books, teaching, public lecture,* holding two post with all that administrative work, graduate students, doctoral dissertations… I am exhausted just looking over your shoulder!

Of your 227 articles in ArXiv, today I chose to read your singular work back in 2018, Life Versus Dark Energy. Earlier this month I began working through your collective work with 26 others, The First Three Seconds;  and because it’s a look from so many perspectives, it’s still quite open for discussion!
I posted an Open Letter to you and your co-authors and now that includes two direct references and linkst o you and your work:

If you would like me to add or delete anything, I am pleased to do so.

A few years ago I was disappointed to read that Max Planck said, “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather… science advances one funeral at a time.” My hope is with the young. I’m 73. Notwithstanding,I don’t think Max Planck’s pessimism is well-placed. I think all of us can always be learning something new and even profound.

Now, I’ve backed into my studies of cosmology. Nine years ago, I was helping my nephew by taking his high school geometry classes (5)  to go inside a tetrahedron!  We used Zeno’s logic, dividing the edges in half, and kept going right back to Planck’s base units. It has been nine years now. Somewhere back near the beginning I started thinking that Lemaître’s cold start theory from 1927 should be examined more closely. The logic seemed to be pointing in that direction. Ever-so-slowly I am learning about our deep-seated biases about the very nature of time, the place of geometries, exponentiation, and, of course, Tegmark’s infinity…

I think we all have a ways to go before we finish

Thank you for your scholarship! I wish you well.

Most sincerely,


*Listening to your RI lecture on 10 February 2020. Great fun.  Nice confession at 26:42. “…you might be under the impression that we really understand a lot about our universe’s first fraction of a second…”  Thank you.

PS. I continue to struggle with these issues on every new top-level post a/k/a homepage, which remains for just a month, a week or even just a day: https://81018.com/just-a-second/  –BEC