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Author C Furey wrote on Mar. 11, 2015 @ 20:55 GMT
Essay Abstract

Often in physical theories, mathematics plays a secondary role, in support of a primary physical picture. Here we entertain instead the idea that physical concepts can be drawn out of purely mathematical objects.

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C. Furey is due to graduate with a PhD from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics / University of Waterloo. The ideas sketched in this essay have been the underlying motivation for three papers published during these graduate years.

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adel sadeq wrote on Mar. 12, 2015 @ 01:46 GMT
Hi Furey,

It has been few years now that I have been trying to get somebody to listen to my idea which is very much along the lines of your work. I have to admit that I have not tried hard but I could see that my idea is close to all the references that you mentioned. BTW, what happened to Fontini she seems to have been teleported to another planet, I liked her work which is related to mine.

Although my system might look very different from yours but I think fundamentally somehow they are linked. I think my main advantage is that time automatically does not appear and space is just an aspect of what makes a particle.

Thanks for you attention, and hopefully you can give me some feedback which is more important than rating.

I do hope you know basic programming, like JavaScript.

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Author C Furey replied on Apr. 6, 2015 @ 03:44 GMT
Dear Adel Sadeq,

Thank you for your comments. Yes, I have a lot of admiration for Fotini's work, and also wish that she would come back to physics. She was the source of some very brilliant ideas.

Also, I will gladly take a look at your essay.

All best wishes,

CF

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Michael Rios wrote on Mar. 12, 2015 @ 18:23 GMT
Cohl

You've written a refreshingly thought provoking essay. I too, am very much drawn to the algebraic approach. From the matrix model perspective, particles indeed seem to have a purely algebraic description. For example, in Smolin's D=27 matrix model, fermions can be identified with rank one elements of the observable algebra, consisting of only self-adjoint operators. These rank one...

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Author C Furey replied on Apr. 6, 2015 @ 04:09 GMT
Dear Michael,

Thanks - Great to hear from you again.

Are you referring to Lee's exceptional Jordan algebra paper? If so, have you posted any work which extends it? Please feel free to forward your references to me if you have.

All the best,

Cohl

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Ed Unverricht wrote on Mar. 13, 2015 @ 01:04 GMT
Dear C. Furey,

I agree "that physical concepts can be drawn out of purely mathematical objects.", but I argue in my essay here that visual modelling of these mathematical objects makes them a great deal more "useful".

Regards, enjoyed reading your essay and hope you get a chance to look at my visual modelling.

Ed Unverricht

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Author C Furey replied on Apr. 6, 2015 @ 04:12 GMT
Dear Ed Unverricht,

Thanks for reading, I'll take a look.

All the best,

CF

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Sujatha Jagannathan wrote on Apr. 5, 2015 @ 18:38 GMT
Your extension of thoughts is commendable.

- With Best regards,

Miss. Sujatha Jagannathan

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Author C Furey replied on Apr. 6, 2015 @ 03:49 GMT
Dear Ms Jagannathan,

Great - thanks for reading!

All the best,

CF

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 10, 2015 @ 14:30 GMT
Dear C. Furey,

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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