New “Jewel” of Quantum Field Theory Suggests Space-Time Might Be Totally Illusory

A new geometric understanding of elementary particle interactions that might undo the preeminence of space-time.

Generally speaking, elegance and simplicity are markers of finding the theoretical path to a grander truth, while messiness or complication is the signifier of having an incomplete or flawed understanding of the issues at hand.  Though there are many who would argue against applying this idealization of “beauty” in the sciences, it should be remembered that our perception of beauty was classically quantified and rationalized (think phi and golden ratios) well before anything as arcane as particle physics could exist.

With this in mind, observe the practical, beautiful simplicity of the “amlituhedron” quantum jewel.  A theoretical breakthrough coming out of Princeton, this geometrical understanding of particle interactions has made previously uncomputable equations solvable with good old pencil and paper.  And if that isn’t tantalizing enough, the math suggests that locality, unitary, dimension, and even space-time itself could be flawed as basic assumptions for the interactions of elementary particles.

Be prepared to have your mind blown.

https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20130917-a-jewel-at-the-heart-of-quantum-physics/

 

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  • Jordon Flato

    When I read this yesterday, I felt like we flatlanders may be starting to see the edges of the sphere dipping into our world…

    • Simon Valentine

      must say, genus zero is both plane and sphere

      donuts are good for dipping!

      • Rhoid Rager

        A torus is a torus, of course, of course.

  • Simon Valentine

    First.

    wait, what?

  • BuzzCoastin

    it’s always heartening to see that modern physics
    eventually catches up with ~3000 year old Taoist & Buddhist realizations
    this fact always blew Heisenberg’s mind
    and of course
    this reminds me of Indra’s Net of Gems
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fd9944dMqQ

    • drokhole

      And here’s Alan Watts elaborating on Indra’s Net:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_2ECdFWfaM

    • drokhole

      Also reminds me of the Hindu philosophy of the world as maya, or “illusion” (with another assist from Watts):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQRIIeMwfR0

      • BuzzCoastin

        it has long struck me as odd
        that this idea of no space/time
        a part of all Asian philosophies to some degree
        has not been a feature of western philosophies

        Emerson might be the first to posit the idea in America
        regardless
        for most westerners appearances are reality, period

  • Andrew

    This too is just a model.

  • Iuwus

    from root to rhizome?

  • DrDavidKelly

    Don’t pretend to understand the math but that jewel amplituhedron sure is pretty.

    • Simon Valentine

      sadly they didn’t show the math :(

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