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

must say, genus zero is both plane and sphere

donuts are good for dipping!

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

First.

wait, what?

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

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

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

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

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

This too is just a model.

from root to rhizome?

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

sadly they didn’t show the math

🙁