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Author Jiří Šrajer wrote on Apr. 3, 2020 @ 01:22 GMT
Essay Abstract

We currently have two theories describing the world: general theory of relativity describing the macroworld and quantum mechanics describing the microworld. Both theories are drastically different, and do not match to each other. In this article, I will try to show that with proper interpretation, not only quantum phenomena will appear as a consequence of the space-time properties, but at the same time one can understand where the indeterminacy in our world comes from.

Author Bio

Jiří Šrajer was born in Opava, Czech Republic in 1950. He graduated mathematics at the Charles University in Prague. He worked as an IT specialist in various companies for over 30 years. He has lived permanently in Poland since 1988. The question "How could AI imagine the universe?" led to the fact that he started to deal with cosmology. He collaborates with the planetarium in Olsztyn.

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Edwin Eugene Klingman wrote on Apr. 3, 2020 @ 05:35 GMT
Dear Jiri Srajer,

Yes! “Just to understand a model does not mean to understand reality.”

The model is epistemology, reality is ontology. This is why “the equations say nothing about how we should interpret the results of calculations.”

You say, “For objects moving at different speeds in relation to the observer, time runs in different directions.” That is an imaginative take on 4D-ontology. I think it runs in one direction.

I like the way you verbally invoke spacetime curvature, to get some vortex around each particle. But then you say that “a spacetime vortex around each particle causes gravity.” I agree with your association, but would reverse the cause: gravity causes a spacetime vortex around each particle, the gravitomagnetic field circulation. The moving particle induces a gravitomagnetic field circulation (del cross C). This is the deBroglie model. I like “elementary particles are vortices”. But vortices are not ultimately stable. You want a vortical ‘soliton’, which is a torus.

For a related view of spacetime, please see my essay

deciding on spacetime

Thanks for a well written essay with original thoughts, good luck in the contest.

Edwin Eugene Klingman

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S.E. Grimm replied on Apr. 3, 2020 @ 09:00 GMT
Dear Jiri Srajer,

I read the essay and I was also – like Edwin Eugene Klingman – very pleased by the remarks about the differences between understanding physics and doing physics.

In his comment Edwin Eugene Klingman mentioned the problems that are involved if we try to “visualize” general relativity with phenomena like particles.

Personally I doubt that Albert...

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Author Jiří Šrajer replied on Apr. 5, 2020 @ 07:32 GMT
Dear Edwin Eugene Klingman 

Thank you for your comment.

In this essay I just wanted to show where the source of indeterminacy can be without going into detail.

As for time, I think that time has to be described by a complex number and the imaginary part runs in one direction for all observers and the real part depends on the movement.

The explanation and justification for such a concept deviates from the subject of the present competition but we can return to the subject at other occasion.

With kind regards,

Jiří Šrajer

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David Jewson wrote on Apr. 6, 2020 @ 08:29 GMT
Dear Jiří Šrajer,

I was interested in your essay as I had completely the reverse idea, i.e., that Relativity can be deduced from Quantum Theory. It is interesting, for example, that if you assume Nature consists of fundamental particles that all travel at the same speed, the speed of light, in an absolute space (a big if!), you can then derive the equations of Special Relativity, that is, you can show that time would slow, length would shorten, and mass would increase with acceleration in such a system (if you are interested, you can see the derivation in the end notes of my essay).

Having shown in outline how General Relativity could lead to Quantum Theory, I guess your next challenge would be to show in detail how the experimental results, currently explained and predicted by Quantum Theory, could instead be predicted by General Relativity - which would require a grasp of mathematics, I'm afraid, I do not have!

Thanks for your essay.

Best of luck in the competition,

David

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David Jewson replied on Apr. 6, 2020 @ 09:01 GMT
P.S. What I meant to say is that I completely agree with you that there is a fundamental link between Relativity and Quantum Theory.

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sherman loran jenkins wrote on May. 16, 2020 @ 05:42 GMT
Jiri:

A new era dawns.  Old questions become quaint and historical.  Is the whole community ready?  Or is physical reality too dangerous for our collective understanding at this time?

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