Combinatorial Physics (Series on Knots and Everything) by Ted Bastin

By Ted Bastin

The authors goal to reinstate a spirit of philosophical enquiry in physics. They abandon the intuitive continuum recommendations and building up constructively a combinatorial arithmetic of approach. This radical swap on my own makes it attainable to calculate the coupling constants of the basic fields which - through excessive strength scattering - are the bridge from the combinatorial global into dynamics. The untenable contrast among what's "observed", or degree, and what's no longer, upon which present quantum thought is predicated, isn't really wanted. If we're to talk of brain, this should be current - albeit in primitive shape - on the most elementary point, and never to go into without warning with statement. there's a growing to be literature on information-theoretic versions for physics, yet hitherto the 2 disciplines have long past in parallel. during this e-book they have interaction vitally.

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Argument 2 . ) 1. The algebra starts life by representing an imagined idealised physical process which asks of any two things whether they are the same or different. Consistently with ordinary English usage we call this discrimination. The process is primary. We have to say we start with just two things, a, b, but anything else we could know about them other than their distinction would have to be got from further processes of the kind we are formalizing. Writing S for `same' and D for `different', the possibilities of change can be written A Hierarchical Model 35 a b a b S D D S One can code (a, b) as (0,1).

To see that this difference is a matter of principle and not merely of practicality is to come near to saying, as Bohr does, that different ways of measuring imply that different things are being measured. Indeed it would be only a small step to build the whole quantum-theoretical concept of measurement round the application of this idea to momentum and spatial position. Then one would have the uncertainty principle, in all essentials. This way of looking at quantum measurement might well have been sufficiently radical for Bohr (who always stressed that his quantum postulate was something quite new on the horizon of physics) but it would not have satisfied him because it cannot be made to follow from the classical concept of observation.

What strange pre-ordained harmony assured it? The answer is not far to seek: the quantum theorists always insisted that the quantum theory contains measurement as part of its structure, and so it is not so surprising that they were able to restrict description to that which measurement , as defined in the theory, allowed . To put it differently, `description ' had become `quantum description ', and measurement went with it. In their hands however, measurement had become something quite different from the classical procedure which stood outside theory as its arbiter .

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