30 May 2013

God does not play dice, she winds up spaghetti

I must think about the way people wind up spaghetti in Italy with a fork. Isn't that similar to how particles move in the spaghetti model? There is no fork, but there is still a rotation.

The chapter on deducing quantum theory from spaghetti is too hand waving for my taste, but it could make sense. It would seem that god does not play dice; instead she winds up spaghetti. Fun.

Update: Here is how a distant civilisation winds up spaghetti.

29 May 2013

In awe of spaghetti

If I try to tell what pulls me most to the spaghetti model, here is my candidate:
Gauge groups follow from shape deformations.
I find this so strange and bewildering.  It is unexpected. I have so many positive feelings attached to this.

Maybe because I read it just before my surgery. Life saved, but no child. I used to get impatient with people who care more about their ideas than about their children. I still do. But now I am left myself with the ideas only. Fate.

Spaghetti shape deformations as gauge groups. The connection makes me dream. The dreams are coming back, slowly, and they are beautiful. Again.

26 May 2013

Why I like the spaghetti model of physics

Some particle physics researchers are thinking that
Physical “laws are just an arbitrary, messy outcome of random fluctuations in the fabric of space and time”.
Peter Woit makes fun of such people, including Arkani-Hamed, and rightly so. But this fun-making has a dark side: because of his cynism, Woit will make fun of emergence for the rest of his life, throwing out the baby with the bath water!  Instead, the view provided by the spaghetti model is much more interesting:
Physical laws are the unique outcome of random fluctuations in the strand/spaghetti fabric of space and time. 
Just by changing two key ideas, the phrase changes from nonsense to testable.  This is the beauty of the spaghetti model that Schiller presents in his sixth volume of Motion Mountain. That is how he derives most of the standard model, including the three gauge groups and the three particle generations that nobody else has derived until now.

Schiller, please go on. We will convince them all that the standard model is the real thing.

Update: Woit is now strongly opposed to the exploration of emergence. And thus he has dropped out of the search for unification. He sees his role only in making fun of people who work on strings, susy and emergence. I agree on the first two choices, but not on the third. Unfortunately, Woit is wrong to think that emergence is not physics. But who is going to tell him? He has fallen into the usual macho trap.