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S Halayka: on 10/20/12 at 15:17pm UTC, wrote Hi Blake, I really liked your essay, and I do believe thzt the "gauge...

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CATEGORY: Questioning the Foundations Essay Contest (2012) [back]
TOPIC: What Would Weyl Do? by Blake Stephen Pollard [refresh]
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Author Blake Stephen Pollard wrote on Sep. 5, 2012 @ 11:32 GMT
Essay Abstract

It is possible that the strict adherence to one particular assumption about the physical world buried within our modern mathematical frameworks might be the limiting factor in the physics community's eager efforts to take a step forward in our understanding of the world around us. In this essay we ask ourselves which foundational concepts H. Weyl might have reconsidered.

Author Bio

The author earned his BS in Applied Physics from Columbia University in May of 2011. The author has since moved to Hawaii, where he currently works as a researcher.

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Eckard Blumschein wrote on Sep. 6, 2012 @ 14:08 GMT
Hi Blake Pollard,

The late Hermann Weyl uttered serious doubts about very foundational matters. Figs. 1, 3, 4, and in particular 2 of my current essay should be food for thought not just addressing physicists but also mathematicians. You seem young enough as to occasionally learn in decades to come that my criticism might be justified.

While I would not appreciate you applying what you learned and reject them without due refutation, you are invited to articulate any counterargument.

I consider each out of the five Figs. relevant to the topic of the current contest. Fig. 5 may undermine all accepted interpretations of the MMX which of course implies that Einstein's SR was unfounded. You would be the first one who proved me wrong.

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Member Benjamin F. Dribus wrote on Sep. 12, 2012 @ 20:05 GMT
Dear Blake,

Although you say you were pressed for time while writing this, you nonetheless present some very worthwhile ideas, and express them quite well. You also seem to have the mathematical maturity to make these ideas precise. A couple of thoughts.

1. Since Weyl was one of the fathers of representation theory, I thought you might be interested in a different take on this crucial subject. Many approaches to quantum gravity involve nonmanifold structure at small scales, and this makes the use of covariance in the form of the representation theory of the Poincare symmetry group difficult for determining particle states etc. However, one can alternatively view covariance in order-theoretic terms, and this viewpoint is much more general (see my essay here On the Foundational Assumptions of Modern Physics for more details). This opens up the following interesting question: if you use something more general than groups, what do you do about the representation theory? It is also interesting to think about gauge theory in analogous terms.

2. A couple of other essays here that might interest you are the ones by Torsten Asselmeyer-Maluga and Jerzy Kroll. In particular, they involve exotic smoothness structures, which can accomplish some of the same things as magnetic monopoles, among many other interesting properties.

Take care,

Ben Dribus

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Hoang cao Hai wrote on Sep. 28, 2012 @ 04:00 GMT
Dear Blake Stephen Pollard

Very interesting to see your essay.

Perhaps all of us are convinced that: the choice of yourself is right!That of course is reasonable.

So may be we should work together to let's the consider clearly defined for the basis foundations theoretical as the most challenging with intellectual of all of us.

Why we do not try to start with a real challenge is very close and are the focus of interest of the human science: it is a matter of mass and grain Higg boson of the standard model.

Knowledge and belief reasoning of you will to express an opinion on this matter:

You have think that: the Mass is the expression of the impact force to material (definition from the ABSOLUTE theory of me) - so no impact force, we do not feel the Higg boson - similar to the case of no weight outside the Earth's atmosphere.

Does there need to be a particle with mass for everything have volume? If so, then why the mass of everything change when moving from the Earth to the Moon? Higg boson is lighter by the Moon's gravity is weaker than of Earth?

The LHC particle accelerator used to "Smashed" until "Ejected" Higg boson, but why only when the "Smashed" can see it,and when off then not see it ?

Can be "locked" Higg particles? so when "released" if we do not force to it by any the Force, how to know that it is "out" or not?

You are should be boldly to give a definition of weight that you think is right for us to enjoy, or oppose my opinion.

Because in the process of research, the value of "failure" or "success" is the similar with science. The purpose of a correct theory be must is without any a wrong point ?

Glad to see from you comments soon,because still have too many of the same problems.

Kind Regards !


August 23, 2012 - 11:51 GMT on this essay contest.

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Jayakar Johnson Joseph wrote on Sep. 30, 2012 @ 17:27 GMT
Dear Pollard,

From your statement in context with Weyl Curvature Tensor, ‘Gravity tells space how to curve, and curved space tells gravity how to move’, we perceive that, Weyl Curvature Tensor is much applicable to describe the emergence of gravity from the eigen-rotational strings in Coherently-cyclic cluster-matter paradigm of universe.

With best wishes


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Sergey G Fedosin wrote on Oct. 4, 2012 @ 04:28 GMT
If you do not understand why your rating dropped down. As I found ratings in the contest are calculated in the next way. Suppose your rating is
was the quantity of people which gave you ratings. Then you have
of points. After it anyone give you
of points so you have
of points and
is the common quantity of the people which gave you ratings. At the same time you will have
of points. From here, if you want to be R2 > R1 there must be:
In other words if you want to increase rating of anyone you must give him more points
then the participant`s rating
was at the moment you rated him. From here it is seen that in the contest are special rules for ratings. And from here there are misunderstanding of some participants what is happened with their ratings. Moreover since community ratings are hided some participants do not sure how increase ratings of others and gives them maximum 10 points. But in the case the scale from 1 to 10 of points do not work, and some essays are overestimated and some essays are drop down. In my opinion it is a bad problem with this Contest rating process.

Sergey Fedosin

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S Halayka wrote on Oct. 20, 2012 @ 15:17 GMT
Hi Blake,

I really liked your essay, and I do believe thzt the "gauge redundancy" that you talk about is important at a fundamental level. I regret not having voted on your essay while the contest was still open.

- Shawn

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