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October 14, 2019

CATEGORY: Trick or Truth Essay Contest (2015) [back]
TOPIC: From Parents to Children by Teresa Mendes [refresh]
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Author Teresa Mendes wrote on Mar. 12, 2015 @ 13:05 GMT
Essay Abstract

Discovering, last week, a letter that my grandfather wrote to his small children, in 1935, words that none of them had ever read, was an emotional moment for the whole family. The title of that letter is "The utility and beauty of Math". It drove me to write this essay. To my father, and to my own children. From Math to Physics, with everything in between, I called this essay: From Parents to Children.

Author Bio

Teresa Mendes has a mission: To start a Scientific Revolution. The results of this scientific revolution, even if not visible in her life time, could improve her children's quality of life and why not ... that of all other children too. She loves her job.

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Alan M. Kadin wrote on Mar. 12, 2015 @ 15:45 GMT
Dear Teresa,

I enjoyed reading your beautiful essay on mathematics and physics, with its moving tribute to your grandfather, your father, and your father’s physics teacher Romulo de Carvalho. This is a fitting followup of your video in last year's FQXi contest, "Physics Needs a Paradigm Shift."

I also agree with you that with regard to the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics, "something is rotten in the state of Denmark". (With apologies to Niels Bohr and the Copenhagen Interpretation … or maybe not!)

I also agree that there cannot be "one Physics for the subatomic world, another Physics for the macroscopic world", which of course creates an inevitable boundary problem. My own essay, "Remove the Blinders: How Mathematics Distorted the Development of Quantum Theory", takes the radical (and heretical) view that the fundamental organization is the same on both scales, so that the boundary problem immediately disappears. Quantum indeterminacy, superposition, and entanglement are artifacts of the inappropriate mathematical formalism.

Best wishes in the competition.

Alan Kadin

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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Mar. 13, 2015 @ 18:31 GMT
Dear Teresa Mendes,

I support your revolution, and would like to provide some bullets! You "appeal to the physics community, and more specifically the FQXi community, to seriously discuss the Local Realism paradigm."

In my essay I seriously discuss the Local Realism paradigm, and have been met with "benign neglect" by the FQXi members and those of the establishment. Big...

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Author Teresa Mendes wrote on Mar. 13, 2015 @ 18:38 GMT
VERSÃO ORIGINAL

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"A meus dois filhos, Rui e Alvaro.

A UTILIDADE E A BELEZA DA MATEMÁTICA.

Desde a mais remota antiguidade, todos os povos que conheceram a Civilização, cultivaram as matemáticas - uns levados pelas necessidades de ordem pratica, outros atraídos pelo prazer do espirito. E porque a...

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Constantinos Ragazas wrote on Mar. 14, 2015 @ 01:23 GMT
Dear Teresa Mendes,

I heed your plea for a Physics that makes sense! For a 'physical view' that does not put us in conflict and contradiction with our sense experience. In my current essay ("The 'man-made' Universe") this view that you also express in your essay I encapsulate in this Anthropocentric Principle: "We Know the Universe so as to make Life possible".

When this Principle is violated for a long time (as it certainly is currently with Modern Physics) we introduce in our Collective Conscience distortions, dilemmas and confusion. And this tears apart our nature and our connection to Nature.

There is resonance between our essays. Read mine too to feel the harmony. And comment if you please.

Constantinos

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Sujatha Jagannathan wrote on Apr. 2, 2015 @ 07:00 GMT
Like Father, like son

is proved.

-Best Wishes,

Miss. Sujatha Jagannathan

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 10, 2015 @ 14:33 GMT
Dear Teresa,

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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Alfredo Gouveia Oliveira wrote on Apr. 10, 2015 @ 22:01 GMT
DearTeresa, you are a genius! You present a letter written long ago on the beauty of mathematics; it had to be an old letter, from the time where there was beauty in the mathematics used by physicists.

Nowadays, the mathematics in physics are ugly, very ugly. They constantly violate Logic, its twin sister - a very ugly thing to do! The name of the game is: fit data! How that is achieve does not really matters. Besides violating Logic, it is arrogant and call "losers" to those that dare to defend Logic.

So, I really thank you for bringing us memories of that wonderful time when Maths and Logic lived in harmony and filled our souls with beauty.

Alf

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LLOYD TAMARAPREYE OKOKO replied on Apr. 13, 2015 @ 10:40 GMT
Dear Teresa Mendes,

I am elated at your grandfather's seeming deification of mathematics eighty years ago.And I am quite sure you will agree with me,even as it is posited in your essay that,"physics today is struggling...in its own mess".And it is only a paradigm shift that approximates the concept of co-operative relations between maths and physics that will pull it out of the doldrums.And let it suffice for now that I join hands with you and your grandfather in admonishing that"in physics,mathematics overcomes the experiments and reduces the effort we need to know the results".

I admire your resilience in holding on to the truth.

Remain Blessed.

Lloyd Tamarapreye Okoko.

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James Lee Hoover wrote on Apr. 19, 2015 @ 16:23 GMT
Teresa,

You present some incisive ideas. Quantum mechanics instrumentalism, I believe, can be solved by looking at the classical world around us, mainly the mysteries there.

My essay refers to studies by a physicist-biologist team to determine how the European robin navigates N and S seasonally. They were able to relate the mystery to the quantum world as part of quantum biology. Math followed the study as a tool to aid and understand, utilizing quantum knowledge but not being wedded to it.

Trying to uncover such mysteries, leading us to mapping DNA and simulating the BB with the LHC, in effect, draws us away from an orthodoxy of physics for the subatomic and the macro.

http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/2345.

Jim

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Jason Edwards wrote on Apr. 22, 2015 @ 18:15 GMT
Hello,

"For me it is time for Physics to return the road that can provide Mankind with

new technologies to simplify life and create economic value. I do not see any

future in Quantum Mechanics"

But isn't QM doing this already?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/everyday-quantum-p
hysics/

Jason

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