ArXiv (6): What Happens in a Measurement? (2016)
Books: The Quantum Theory of Fields I, II, III, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995
__-_____ Gravitation & Cosmology, Wiley, 1972
–_______The First Three Minutes, Basic Books, 1977
-_______ Facing Up, Harvard University Press, 2001 and dozens more.
Research: String Theory and Quantum Field Theory: From the Planck Scale to the Hubble Scale
Most recent email: 30 March 2020 at 4 PM
Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Weinberg:
Of course, you are one of the most cited scholars in our time so I recognize that my little references may just be a nuisance. I will be going deeper within your concept of a grand reductionism. From Planck Time to this moment, the Now, all ordered by base-2 exponentiation (assuming a doubling of the Plancksphere for each of the 202 notations so an infinitesimal aether becomes the underlayment of the universe) seems rather “grand” though totally idiosyncratic! But given these days and times of sheer idiocy, I ask, “Why not?”.
I’ll insert the two references below so you can see them, albeit slightly out of context.
I wish you continued excellent health in these strange days,
PS. The two most recent references can be found here:
Consider the four equations and their numbers for space (length), time, mass and charge (Illustration 1). We asked, “If the Planck Length and Planck Time are the smallest possible units of length and time, does it follow that these are also the first units of length and time?  Does it follow that these equations, with all their dimensionless constants, come together to become the very first moment of physicality?” Unwittingly we had opened the “CDM of the universe” and wondered if Steven Weinberg would consider it a “grand reductionism.” 
 We started as everything does — simple. We take very little steps and ask simple questions. We try to respect all the scholarship that has gone on before us. When we become confused, we step back to something more simple. So, it was with deep respect that we engaged the CDM approach to the universe and read that the most-distinguished Steven Weinberg (book, Facing Up) might call this model, “a grand reductionism.” We continue wrestling with his work and with these other scholars:
Beyond the Dynamical Universe: Unifying Block Universe Physics and Time as Experienced, Silberstein, Stuckey, McDevitt, Oxford (2018) https://www.relationalblockworld.com/
In 1979 I first met Steven Weinberg at his office in Jefferson and Lyman Labs at Harvard. He did not yet have his Nobel prize, but The First Three Minutes was out.
My overview page: https://81018.com/weinberg/ Thanks. -BEC
Second email: 29 October 2018
Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Weinberg:
Our first conversation in your office in Lyman Labs (1979) was about The First Three Minutes.* Please observe that out of the 202 base-2 notations from Planck Time to the Age of the Universe, the 1/100th of a second is within the 138th notation and the third minute is within the 151st notation well after two-thirds of the total information. The first light year is within the 169th notation. The first million years is within the 189th notation. The first billion years is within the 198th notation. The 202nd represents about 10.98 billion years of which only about 2.9 billion years has come to be.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts about this rather idiosyncratic chart! Thank you.
PS. These are the key points that have emerged from this chart. Obviously, it is all a quite stretch!
- The universe is encapsulated by 202 base-2 notations from the Planck units
to this moment and day and current size of the universe, and by definition that includes everything, everywhere, for all time.
- A natural inflation is defined within the unfolding numbers of each doubling.
- Max Planck teaches us that light is equal to Planck Length divided by Planck Time.
- The universe appears to be exponential; Leonhard Euler’s mathematics apply.
- All notations are always active and deeply-and-profoundly interrelated.
The first 64-notations are below the thresholds of measurement.
- The geometries for imperfection might beget quantum physics-and- fluctuations.
- The four Planck base units manifest first within space-time as spheres.
- Emergence might begin with sphere stacking and the thrust within those base units.
- The never-ending, never-repeating generation of spheres could be a finite-infinite bridge. All the dimensionless constants that define the base units could be as well.
- Continuity/order, symmetry/relations, and harmony/dynamics might define infinity.
- These qualities of infinity seem to impart “an ethical bias” within the structure of universe.
- Basic concepts like dark energy and dark matter could possibly be addressed.
Even old concepts like a point can be revisited.
First email: 1 January 2015
RE: Planck’s Time & Length, The First Three Minutes, and Time in Powers of Ten
Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Weinberg:
Unwittingly we have begun working with Planck Time. We started with the Planck Length on December 19, 2011.
Our high school geometry classes over here in New Orleans backed into a model of the universe using base-2 exponential notation. We multiplied the Planck Length and Planck Time by 2 until we got out to the Observable Universe and the Age of the Universe respectively. Here is a link within our work on a science fair project: https://81018.com/plancktime/
It took just 202+ notations or doublings and it all started because we went inside a tetrahedron, halving the edges, connecting those vertices to discover the four half-sized tetrahedrons in each corner and an octahedron in the middle. We did the same with the octahedron (finding the six half-sized octahedrons in the corners in eight tetrahedrons in each of the faces) and we didn’t stop until we were somewhere around the Planck Length.
The fascinating thing we discovered along the way is what we are calling “the really-real small-scale universe.” It has a geometry and a systemic order (numbers and symmetries). Nobody seems to know much about it although analyzed throughout human history and called the aether (ether), vinculum, plenum, matrix, grid, continuum, firmament and hypostases. If we divide this little mathematical-geometric universe into “thirds” as the small-human-large scale, the small-scale universe finally has some definition but now it only takes us up to size of the fermions and bosons.
What do you think? Just poppycock? Nonsense?
If it is nonsense, please, please tell us why and we can go back to normal and get on with our life. If not… Thank you.
Historical footnote: My First letter, 7 March 1979
The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. I and II by S. Weinberg,