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CATEGORY: Undecidability, Uncomputability, and Unpredictability Essay Contest (2019-2020) [back]
TOPIC: Impressions of decidability computability and predictability - inexpert eccentric take. by marcovici cristian alexandru [refresh]
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Author marcovici cristian alexandru wrote on Apr. 22, 2020 @ 20:23 GMT
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This essay contains illustrated -metaphors insertions , in an attempt to express better what I’m thinking. If my thinking would have been with a mixture of experiences including smell, i would have crafted an essay with various odors and perfumes instead. The focus is mostly on the things that these long words seems to have in common - strings and cycles. Without knowing precise definitions I try to make valid statements based on various sources. At the end I conclude with an adventurous bold claim.

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With am interesst in science, facing the challenges (and desires) of being hard of hearing. follower of the latest the newest and the shiniest, and without. completion of higher education studies.

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Irek Defee wrote on Apr. 25, 2020 @ 12:13 GMT
Dear Alexandru,

Your essay is very funny in artistic way proving you really have far from standard imagination. However, I think expectations of this contest are more formal and preferred style is like submission to scientific journals.

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Irek

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Author marcovici cristian alexandru wrote on May. 2, 2020 @ 20:01 GMT
since i have not published articles before i have no idea how that should be done for references i might have missed important ,people , teachers, books from kindergarten or other tv shows. also i'm not sure about the rights of using a name in a document (without asking). so if the person is a dead scientist/researcher he might not care. if he has a will that he does not want to be mentioned in references for scientific papers. and i think is important to ignore that still wanting to show respect, i might use various ways of signaling that ... bleah my head spins round :)) -- one more thing- i have not studied officially basic english so if i'm miss interpreted i could not tell .. my interest (in the medium/long run) is visual grammars , by making mistakes i think learn a lot.

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Irek Defee wrote on May. 5, 2020 @ 07:35 GMT
Dear Cristian,

Thank you for replying in my thread. You have quotes from famous scientists in your essay: Poincare, Wiener, von Neumann, Deutsch etc. You could just take a look into their published work to have idea about the topics and style of their writing. You will notice then that it is as much math as there is graphics in your essay:) In scientific literature one should reference any previous work related to the work being presented and explain the relation. Reason for this is a) to show that the work presented is original that is there is something new and not only repeating the previous work, b) to give credit to authors of previous work on which the presented work is based. If a) is not fulfilled than there are doubts if the work is original, in worse case it may happen that the problem was solved earlier and thus the presented work makes no sense. If b) is not fulfilled it may mean that the author is not aware about the previous work in the area or is neglecting contributions of other people on which his work is based. Thus, one has to be extremely careful about references which typically first hard step to prepare a paper. One can learn how all this should be done by reading papers produced by other people.

However, your essay is more of artistic genre. Artistic work should be original, not copying others. Your work looks original and it does not need references.

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Irek

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George Gantz wrote on May. 6, 2020 @ 01:48 GMT
Thank you for the most imaginative and creative submission I have yet read in this essay contest. Strings and cycles are useful metaphors for the way our thinking progresses. This is particularly true for the foundations of physics and mathematics as they are beset with conundrums that challenge our rational presumptions. Strings get tied in knots and cycles become endless spirals and loops. This reminds me of the lyrics of the song made famous by Dustry Springfield - the windmills of my mind:

Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel,

Never ending or beginning on an ever-spinning real.

Many thanks, friend! - George Gantz, The Door That Has No Key: https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3494

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Peter Jackson wrote on May. 18, 2020 @ 08:09 GMT
Dear Marco,

Brilliantly original format, showing the additional communicative power of images beyond just words. I also liked your pre- indoctrinated thought process. Key point for me? 'How can we form a circle using pixels?' For me that sums up uncertaintly etc. I hope you'll study & like my essay that shows how I think it also resolves QM etc rationally from better foundations. It needs a boost! Have one on me, for presentation, originality and succinctness.

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Peter

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