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Two scientists were surprised to find pi lurking in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom.
“We didn’t just find pi,” says Tamar Friedmann, a visiting assistant professor of mathematics and a research associate of high energy physics at the University of Rochester, and coauthor of a paper published in the Journal of Mathematical Physics.
“We found the classic seventeenth century Wallis formula for pi, making us the first to derive it from physics, in general, and quantum mechanics, in particular.”
The Wallis formula—developed by British mathematician John Wallis in his book Arithmetica Infinitorum—defines pi as the product of an infinite string of ratios made up of integers. For Friedmann, discovering the Wallis formula for pi in a quantum mechanics formula for the hydrogen atom’s energy states underscores pi’s omnipresence in math and science.
“The value of pi has taken on a mythical status, in part, because it’s impossible to write it down with 100 percent accuracy,” says Friedmann, “It cannot even be accurately expressed as a ratio of integers, and is, instead, best represented as a formula.”
The universe could be trying to solve an equation that it can't solve. So it's some quantum entity that's calculating every possible state trying to solve this equation.
originally posted by: neoholographic
The universe could be trying to solve an equation that it can't solve. So it's some quantum entity that's calculating every possible state trying to solve this equation. Maybe some super intelligence came up with an equation that can't be solved but at the same time will cause this quantum entity to calculate every possible state trying to solve this equation.
Mathematician Moshe Machover of King’s College London calls the finding a “cunning piece of magic.”
originally posted by: neoholographic
With local realism being shattered at every turn, it seems like our universe is built on things like math and information not any objective physical reality. What we call "material" seems to be like playdough which conforms and is shaped by information that's being processed.
originally posted by: liteonit6969
I can't even begin to pretend I understand the full extent of what this means. But from what I do understand it is beginning to show reality is not what we think it is.
Wow
Wow
Wow
originally posted by: liteonit6969
I can't even begin to pretend I understand the full extent of what this means. But from what I do understand it is beginning to show reality is not what we think it is.
Wow
Wow
Wow
originally posted by: liteonit6969
I can't even begin to pretend I understand the full extent of what this means. But from what I do understand it is beginning to show reality is not what we think it is.
Wow
Wow
Wow
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: neoholographic
The answer is 42. Unfortunately our presence on Earth screwed up the calculation to determine what the question is; so I can't help you there.
There is no real chaos, because every system that appears chaotic is actually just following the basic laws of physics.
originally posted by: NightSkyeB4Dawn
a reply to: Soylent Green Is People
There is no real chaos, because every system that appears chaotic is actually just following the basic laws of physics.
If everything on this magnetically contained planet was created from the same source, then this would have to be considered the most logical conclusion.