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CATEGORY: FQXi Essay Contest - Spring, 2017 [back]
TOPIC: Fundamental Magic by Al Schneider [refresh]
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Author Al Schneider wrote on Jan. 17, 2018 @ 21:53 GMT
Essay Abstract

The question is what is fundamental about fundamental? Does fundamental mean an explanation of the tiniest vibration/sub-quark/god-particle of the universe? In this paper, some mundane examples of fundamental issues are examined to see if there is something common under the hood. This author expected to see something extraordinary appear. Instead, something simple appeared that, to this author, makes a fundamental operationally valuable.

Author Bio

Al read “ABC of Relativity” by Bertram Russell at age eleven and books on UFO’s and WWI aircraft. Special relativity fascinated Al leading to an intense interest in quantum mechanics. He acquired a BS degree in Physics in 1969. His professional life was dedicated to programming computers working on such devices as injection molding machines, pacemakers, airplane guidance systems and so on. A study of special relativity and quantum mechanics remained a prime interest in his life. He is now retired living in Rice Lake, WI.

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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Jan. 18, 2018 @ 01:42 GMT
Dear Al Schneider,

I enjoyed your brief essay contrasting fundamentals before and after a problem is understood. You handled it well.

You note that the special theory of relativity has been of special interest to you for most of your life. My current essay bears some resemblance to yours, in that it focuses on fundamentals from two different perspectives on special relativity. I invite you to read my essay and hope you will comment on it.

Best regards,

Edwin Eugene Klingman

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Edwin Eugene Klingman replied on Jan. 18, 2018 @ 05:17 GMT
When my first post shows up with someone else's first ranking, one might associate them. This would be false. I generally rank essays after I have seen them all, with a few remarkable exceptions. I would not have given you a 4.

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Stephen I. Ternyik wrote on Jan. 19, 2018 @ 10:08 GMT
Good job and very conclusive, with the last sentence.

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marc fleury fleury wrote on Jan. 20, 2018 @ 18:42 GMT
I enjoyed the approach and the conclusion. Short and to the point.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Jan. 31, 2018 @ 16:21 GMT
Dear Fellow Essayists

This will be my final plea for fair treatment.,

FQXI is clearly seeking to find out if there is a fundamental REALITY.

Reliable evidence exists that proves that the surface of the earth was formed millions of years before man and his utterly complex finite informational systems ever appeared on that surface. It logically follows that Nature must have permanently devised the only single physical construct of earth allowable.

All objects, be they solid, liquid, or vaporous have always had a visible surface. This is because the real Universe must consist only of one single unified VISIBLE infinite surface occurring eternally in one single infinite dimension that am always illuminated mostly by finite non-surface light.

Only the truth can set you free.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Feb. 12, 2018 @ 09:32 GMT
Dear Al Schneider

Nice question "The question is what is fundamental about fundamental? ....... This author expected to see something extraordinary appear. Instead, something simple appeared that, to this author, makes a fundamental operationally valuable................. and nice debate....Best wishes...

Here in my essay energy to mass conversion is proposed...……..….. yours...

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Steven Andresen wrote on Feb. 23, 2018 @ 13:38 GMT
Dear Al Schnieder

If you are looking for another essay to read and rate in the final days of the contest, will you consider mine please?

A couple of days in and semblance of my essay taking form, however the house bound inactivity was wearing me. I had just the remedy, so took off for a solo sail across the bay. In the lea of cove, I had underestimated the open water wind strengths....

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