The problem with space travel is that of propulsion. One has to literally throw stuff out of the back of the ship to accelerate. Basically, give that stuff momentum in one direction, and the ship will gain momentum in the…

# Category: Physics

# FQXi Essay titled “The Deeper Roles of Mathematics in Physical Laws”

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• •This week I submitted my essay to the 2015 FQXi Essay Contest, Trick or Truth?, which is focused on the surprising success of mathematics and its relationship between mathematics and physics. My essay titled “The Deeper Roles of Mathematics in…

# The Influence Network: A New Foundation for Emergent Physics

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• •My former student Prof. Newshaw Bahreyni and my current student James Walsh and I will be making a joint presentation at the Beyond SpaceTime 2015 Workshop organized by Christian Wuthrich, Nick Huggett, and David Rideout in San Diego in March…

# A Potential Foundation for Emergent Space-Time

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• •My former student Newshaw Bahreyni and I have published our paper on a potential foundation for emergent space-time at the Journal of Mathematical Physics. Here is the abstract: We present a novel derivation of both the Minkowski metric and Lorentz…