Hi all, Once again catching up on the posts and I couldn't pass by this thread without a comment or two! Thoughts on this thead in no particular order... Firefly
- thanks for that link! I read the entire article! I let my subscription to Discover magazine lapse a couple of years ago and I do miss it. Really great mag! Of course, these topics do fascinate me - I also read The Grand Design
by Hawking and Mlodinow earlier this year. Fascinating stuff! I recommend if for anyone interested in these philosophical/cosmological/theological topics. Liz
- yes, i saw Kaku on the ABC Nightly News and also on Letterman. Yes, it was weird. He has a new book out, Physics of the Future
, and I actually felt sorry for him. He had probably arranged the Letterman visit in advance, planning to promote his book, but he didn't even get a chance to talk about it.
Liz wrote:But I personally need to mull this over for a while as my brain is dead after having been immersed in such topics as characterization, IP re-use, FPGAs, SPICE and DFT/DSM all day long. String theory was easy compared to this stuff. I'm serious. Anybody in the EDA biz here?
Are you an electrical engineer? "It's not the destination so much as the journey."
Modified version of one of my favorite sayings of all time!! Adopted and loved by bikers, backpackers and travelers everywhere! (btw, That's where the 'Ramblin' of RamblinRebel comes in. Believe it or not, it's not becauase I'm naturally long-winded - though i think some of my fellow Zoners might disagree.
Yes, major deja vu to the Parallel Worlds
discussion! This quote in particular, which Firefly noted, brought me back to Schrodinger's cat, Parallel Worlds, and of course the infinate probability machine from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: (OST p.182-183)"...but if you get very particular about very smallscale events, if you deal with them in such specific, needlessly obsessive detail as to almost qualify you for a lunatic asylum...you find that Newton's mechanical description of reality is only mostly correct. In tiny extents of space or time there's an element of indecisiveness, postponement of definition, and you can catch truth as loose as an underdone egg. In our normal world this isn't a big factor because the ... odds, I guess you'd say... are pretty consistent from place to place, and overwhelmingly strong in favor of Newton. But here they're not consistent. They're polarized here, though the net values are the same. There is NO elasticity in this ground, no uncertainty, and so there's a lot out here in the air."
It was that "no uncertainty", even more so than the "no motion", that really hit me. So if there is no uncertainty, then certainly there must be only one possible outcome! Thus, only one universe at this point in space-time??? Is the Fountain the place where all universes are one? Tim
, for sucessfully pulling quantum mechanics into an 18th? century pirate story! I loved it!!!