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.


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

  1. Jordon Flato | Sep 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm |

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

  2. Simon Valentine | Sep 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |


    wait, what?

  3. BuzzCoastin | Sep 20, 2013 at 1:42 pm |

    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

  4. This too is just a model.

  5. from root to rhizome?

  6. DrDavidKelly | Sep 20, 2013 at 11:34 pm |

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

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