## A Universe Programmed with Strings of Qubits

**Authors:** Philip Gibbs

It has been suggested that reality works like a quantum computer, but such claims are just
words if they are not backed up by sound mathematics. In pursuit of the fundamental
equations I look to string theory where physicists led by Mike Duff have noticed useful
connections between the quantum gravity of black holes and quantum information theory.
By building on my earlier work on universal symmetry in string theory and using links
between elliptic curves and hyperdeterminants, I find intriguing clues that these
connections may be deep as well as useful. Ultimately any theory of the foundations of
physics must explain why there are four forces and three generations of fermions. In
string theory this would be a consequence of the choice of vacua. If a consistent
formulation of string theory constructed from quantum bits can be found, it may be
possible to understand the vast landscape of possibilities better and reverse engineer
the program that codes our universe.

**Comments:** 9 pages, entry for FQXi essay contest "Is Reality Digital or Analog?"

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[v1] 30 Dec 2010

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