Ye gods! What a huge waste of a day at work. But that gave me time to read some interesting ideas.
Space is big. Huge. Our puny minds cannot grasp how large it is! Somebody found a cluster on the other side of the center of the Milky Way that may be
influencing our general travel through space.
We all know it is actually, "space-time", but only use the term "space" otherwise we sound like a bunch of pretentious naked monkey men (and women)
trying to show off our book smarts!
After spending all the family fortune to get his only son an education the patriarch is probing his son's brains on returning for holiday break...
Hillbilly: Well, son! What they learn you in that der fancy pants school of yours??
Son: *pause to think. Then blurts out...* Uh, Pi R squared!
Hillbilly: Bah! You ain't learnt nothing, boy!! Pies are round. Cornbread is square!!
de Sitter space is the term to describe the curvature of space-time. If the cosmological constant is positive, then S-T is flat. S-T is curved when
the cosmological constant is negative. It is also known as, "Anti de Sitter space" or "AdS" if you really want to impress you pa! Conformal field
theories (hear that pa?! CFT), are the quantum field theories that correspond to describing elemental particles. In math, the two entities are said to
"correspond" because the same math works out for both. The term used is "duality" which since there are two and therefore plural, "dualities".
Wikipedia: Cornbread for your Pi hole
Quantamagazine.org: A Physicist’s Physicist Ponders the
Nature of Reality
All of our favorites show up in one article: Susskind, Wheeler, math, quantum mechanics, webs, the holographic universe, multiple dimensions, the
"duality" of nature (see what I did there?!), "it from bit" which Edward Witten has expanded to "it from qubit", black holes, Hawking, MC Escher
(negative space... in passing but if you know Escher then you will get it), the meaning of existence, continuous vs. discrete jumps, agnosticism, the
creation of QM from the large (I think he finds it kind of backwards), and humanity's quest to learn more!
All in passing the time while sending emails into the interweb and awaiting replies so I can continue or stop doing work. As you can see by my late
post today, I didn't get a lot done. But once again, She loves me and my time was not totally wasted!
It is nice to know that just my general hippy-ness can connect these different things into one big ball of confusion that theoretical physicists and
mathematicians are struggling to understand too!
Now off for a beer to ease my aching head from all this book learning and have myself some real cornbread!