History and Philosophy of Physics

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[4] viXra:1305.0188 [pdf] submitted on 2013-05-30 15:18:56

Remarks on Foundations of Physics

Authors: Józef Kajfosz
Comments: 10 Pages.

A simple scheme for ordering the facts of physics is presented, and some terms associated with basic research are introduced. Some aspects of this research are discussed and an outline of a simple model as an example of a working hypothesis for explaining the known facts is proposed.
Category: History and Philosophy of Physics

[3] viXra:1305.0170 [pdf] submitted on 2013-05-28 13:50:59

Hyper Fast Interstellar Travel Within General Relativity:The Alcubierre and Natario Warp Drive Spacetimes:From Science Fiction to Science Fact

Authors: Fernando Loup
Comments: 37 Pages.

Warp Drives are solutions of the Einstein Field Equations that allows superluminal travel within the framework of General Relativity.There are at the present moment two known solutions: The Alcubierre warp drive discovered in $1994$ and the Natario warp drive discovered in $2001$.The warp drive seems to be very attractive because allows interstellar space travel at arbitrarily large speeds avoiding the light speed limit,time dilatation and mass increase paradoxes of Einstein Special Relativity.This is an introductory article without mathematics written for the general public outlining a brief resume of the "status quo" of the warp drive science from an Historical perspective.We cover the $3$ major obstacles raised by modern science against the physical integrity of the warp drive as a dynamical spacetime that can carry a ship at faster than light speeds.We show using a clear and accessible language that the Natario warp drive emerges as a "winner" against all the $3$ obstacles and can be regarded as a valid candidate for faster than light space travel.Our goal in writing a non-technical paper on this subject is to captive the interest of potential common readers that might would appreciate this subject avoiding the details of complex mathematical explanations.
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[2] viXra:1305.0093 [pdf] replaced on 2013-06-04 22:52:36

The Cloud of Unknowing & The Itsy Qubitsy Universe

Authors: Vladimir F. Tamari
Comments: 10 Pages.

It is impossible to give an assured answer to questions concerning the relationship between Information (for example in the form of BITs) and the physical Universe at the fundamental level (IT). Information is an artifact of human thought imposed on Nature to describe some of its aspects. Nor can experimentation resolve such questions: An observer using an imaging instrument such as a telescope or microscope sees only the final image. There is a Cloud of Unknowing obscuring the true nature of Reality because signals carrying information about physical processes at fundamental scales get distorted, dissipated and subjected to noise in the channel or medium they pass through until they are finally observed at macroscopic scales. A similar Cloud obscures Reality when these experimental results are subjected to fallible logical and mathematical analysis. There is a necessity to examine our philosophy of knowing. By their very nature our best theories are merely our best guesses, and there is no guarantee that better theories may not be discovered contradicting present assumptions and/or presenting new ones.Nevertheless speculation and model-making is allowed. In analog computing devices such as the abacus, a bead is both a thing and a number. Reality may be like that at fundamental scales where its physical and informational content can be regarded as one and the same thing. Rather than BITs being the units of such information however, it is more likely that some sort of physical Bloch-Sphere-like QUBITs making up an ether are the building blocks of radiation and matter, and carriers of zero point energy making up the vacuum. In the theory of everything IT=QUBIT may be the paradigm of choice.
Category: History and Philosophy of Physics

[1] viXra:1305.0060 [pdf] replaced on 2013-06-18 17:25:13

Vedic Meru and Nile Pyramid: African IFA to RigVeda-Pachisi to Tarot to Llull to Cartan-Dirac-Riesz-E8Physics

Authors: Frank Dodd Tony Smith Jr
Comments: 49 Pages.

Ancient Africa developed IFA divination with 256 Odu analagous to the Real Clifford Algebra Cl(8) and 16 Orishas analagous to the 8+8 Spinors of Cl(8) but in Africa IFA was transmitted by oral tradition and not written down. Humans emerging from Africa via the Arabian Sea settled in nearby India where ideas of IFA were written in the Sanskrit Rig Veda and encoded in Pachisi. By about 500 B.C. Pachisi evolved into Tarot. By about 1300 A.D. Tarot and some ideas of IFA were known in Mallorca where Ramon Llull used them to develop structures of the D4 and D8 Lie Algebras that lived in the IFA Clifford Algebra Cl(8) and its tensor square Cl(8)xCl(8) = Cl(16). Although Llull's work was preserved in writing in Mallorca, his ideas were rejected by the Intellectual Establishment of Paris and remained dormant for centuries. Around 1890 Killing and Cartan rediscovered Llull's Lie Algebras. Only in the 1900s did the work of Cartan as further developed mathematicaly by Jovet, Sauter, and Riesz and as applied by Dirac to physics show how a D8 half-Spinor could be added to D8 itself to get E8 Physics and to see how E8 Physics lives inside IFA Cl(8). It has taken until now (the 2000s) for the formal Written Human Culture to catch up with the informal Oral Ancient African Culture in understanding a realistic Unified Theory of the Laws of Nature. Table of Contents: Introduction ... page 4 African IFA to RigVeda-Pachisi ... page 5 Great Pyramid ... page 13 RigVeda-Pachisi to Tarot ... page 23 Tarot to Llull ... page 27 Llull to Cartan-Dirac-Riesz-E8Physics ... page 37 Appendix1 - E6 to D4 ... page 38 Appendix2 - Some Details of E8 encoding in IFA ... page 42 Appendix3 - Comparison of Arabian Sea Africa-India connection with Nile River Africa-Egypt connection ... page 46 Appendix4 - Poster ... page 48 V2 adds illustrated cover page V3 adds Vedic Meru and Great Nile Pyramid
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