Phua, KK

Phua Kok Khoo

Director, Nanyang Technological University’s Institute of Advanced Studies
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd.


Third email: July 2, 2020 @ 10:55 AM

Dear Prof. Dr. K.K. Phua:

What you and your wife have done in your lifetime is a story for the world to understand profoundly. How does one come up with an idea and have the audacity to pursue it? How does one have the tenacity to stick to that idea, no matter how crazy it seems (especially whenever we had to face down short-term failures and sleepless nights). At some point we are able to right yourself, re-adjust, and start to re-climb that mountain yet one more time.

We spent over 50 seasons and 16 years capturing over 300 stories like yours. They aired on PBS-TV in the USA and the VOA-TV throughout the world. For a while even CCTV-9 carried the series until we had a segment in one episode that touched on Tiananmen Square. They dropped our series like a hot potato! (Note: That link goes to the episode, but you need to click on “Transcript” to read the actual dialogue.)

The next revolution is the big one, yet it can be a quiet revolution that finally brings the major competitive ideologies under one roof and within a very integrative framework:  That’s a base-2 chart. Other bases can now follow.

To keep track of my note to you, I have created a place to remind me:

I hope you have a lovely day and weekend.

Most sincerely,

Second email:  June 27, 2020, 6:33 PM (Saturday)

Dear Prof. Dr. Phua:

I struggle with answers to those base key questions (above). We hold onto big bang cosmology in spite of all its weaknesses. We hold onto Newton’s absolutes even in the view of Einstein and Planck, and we still do not understand quantum fluctuations and the infinitesimal between the Planck scale and the wave-particle duality.

You’re a brilliant physicist. You work with the best alive today. How shall we answer those three questions above?

Thank you.

Most sincerely,

First email: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:05 PM

Dear Prof. Dr. Phua Kok Kho:

As a particle physicist, you may well remember Max Planck’s calculations for natural units from 1899 to 1905. Frank Wilczek (MIT) wrote three articles, Scaling Mt. Planck, starting in 2001, for Physics Today, that opened a wider dialogue.

In 2012, by repeatedly doubling the base Planck units of Length, Time, Mass and Charge, a scripting language was created that successfully simulated the big bang epoch within the need of a “bang” per se. There are just 202 notations:. That simple math encapsulates everything, everywhere, for all time. Is it just a bunch of numbers or is base-2 a proper description of the expansion of the universe? There are so many open questions!

Might you be interested to take a further look?

Thank you.

Most sincerely,