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CATEGORY: Trick or Truth Essay Contest (2015) [back]
TOPIC: 3 constants MTP; a Mathematical Universe Hypothesis - Digital mass M=1, Circular time T=2π, Analog momentum P=Ώ by Malcolm J Macleod [refresh]
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Author Malcolm Macleod wrote on Mar. 5, 2015 @ 01:45 GMT
Essay Abstract

In the “Trialogue on the number of fundamental constants” [1], Michael J. Duff, Lev B. Okun and Gabriele Veneziano debated the number of fundamental dimensioned constants in physics. L Okun maintained that 3 basic units were required and offered M=mass, T=time, L=length. In this essay I suggest MTP where P is the sqrt of momentum as from these 3 units we may derive and solve as simple geometrical shapes formulas for G, h, c, e, me, kB, μ0… to a precision limited only by the precision of the fine structure constant alpha. Results are consistent with CODATA 2010. I then demonstrate how we may assign M=1, T=2pi, P=Ώ, Ώ^2 = π^e/e^(e-1) [2], and use these values to solve the same electron frequency formula fe. This is rationalized by the premise that the numerical value for fe = .4184896589…e-22 is independent of the set of MTP units used and thus may be used to verify the validity of any chosen set of MTP.

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Malcolm Macleod is a radio engineer presently authoring a text on the philosophy and physics of Plato's Allegory of the Cave (The Republic) in the context of mathematical realism as a universe of mathematical forms. This paper forms part of that discussion.

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Ted Erikson wrote on Mar. 5, 2015 @ 14:49 GMT
Kudos and congratulations. I think that we are on the same wave length. I believe that yours and mine (being processed under the name, "Duality: The War of Existence", Ted Erikson) which should appear on line soon, as both 10's!

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Author Malcolm Macleod replied on Mar. 8, 2015 @ 20:22 GMT
Thanks Ted,

Consolations over your loss.

I am now reading about Panpsychism, thanks for the tip... I can include aspects in my book. I rationalize the simplicity of our universe, if it can be reduced to a point and circle (the proposed MTP), by comparing it to biological systems which can create complex structures from simple initial conditions... suggesting that our universe may be 'growing' according to the same biological 'mathematics' that govern organic systems... this is the focus of my thoughts now.

If you have other articles to recommend...

Cheers,

Malcolm

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 7, 2015 @ 21:19 GMT
Dear Dr. Macleod,

I wish I had had a better understanding of mathematics so that I could have understood your fine essay. I do hope that it scores well with the judges of this competition.

Very Warm Regards,

Joe Fisher

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 7, 2015 @ 15:36 GMT
Dear Malcolm,

I think Newton was wrong about abstract gravity; Einstein was wrong about abstract space/time, and Hawking was wrong about the explosive capability of NOTHING.

All I ask is that you give my essay WHY THE REAL UNIVERSE IS NOT MATHEMATICAL a fair reading and that you allow me to answer any objections you may leave in my comment box about it.

Joe Fisher

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Patrick Tonin wrote on Apr. 22, 2015 @ 18:48 GMT
Dear Malcolm,

I don't agree with everything you propose but I like the way you bodly put forward your unorthodox ideas.

Just for that you deserve a better score.

If you have a spare moment you can take a look at my essay, I also put forward some unorthodox ideas.

All the best,

Patrick

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