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review 2018-06-14 11:29
The Stars Look Different Today: “The Somnambulist's Dreams” by Lars Jerlach
The Somnambulist's Dreams - Lars Boye Jerlach


“’So what is it Enoch Soule? Why are you here? What are you here to tell me?’
[…]
‘I know why you’re here,’ he [the chess player] said.”

In “The Somnambulist's Dreams” by Lars Jerlach



2018’s been my year of reading some fundamental books on Physics. At least they are what some of my friends call Fundamental Books on Physics. After having read a bunch of them, some are not so fundamental: “Reality Is Not What It Seems” by Carlo Rovelli, “The Many Worlds of Hugh Everett III -Multiple Universes, Mutual Assured Destruction, and the Meltdown of a Nuclear Family” by Peter Byrne, “What is Real - The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics” by Adam Becker, “The Emergent Universe" by Wallace, “Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality” by Max Tegmark. My tiny brain is a hive of activity…Most of them were on the so-called Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics.

 

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review 2018-06-12 19:38
The Stages of Truth: "Our Mathematical Universe - My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality" by Max Tegmark
Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality - Max Tegmark


The Stages of Truth: "Our Mathematical Universe - My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality" by Max Tegmark


Forget about Tegmark’s 4 levels. The stages of truth I can remember are:

• Old Greeks saying "We only see a faint reflection of reality", i.e. we have observation, and that's flawed.
• Old Chinese saying "All we have is observation. Reality is observation, and observation is a function of the human form" which is a most interesting thing. They state that sense is inherently limited by our being. Excellent.
• Descartes saying "to know stuff, you must have doubt. Knowledge is developed by doubt" which means testing: the scientific method. Which he didn't invent, but put on a logical footing. And also founding it all on "I think, therefore I exist".
• Karl Popper saying that the essential property of what's knowable is what can be tested, questioned. This continues from Descartes and quite a few more in between including Kant obviously who's really cool but illegible.

 

 

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review 2018-06-10 19:00
Falsifiable Multiverse: “The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory According to the Everett Interpretation” by David Wallace
The Emergent Multiverse: Quantum Theory According to the Everett Interpretation - David Wallace


"Readers familiar with typical discussions of the measurement problem may be surprised that I have mentioned neither the 'eigenstate-eigenvalue link' nor the 'collapse of the hidden variables' theories.”

In “The Emergent Universe: Quantum Theory According to the Everett Interpretation” by David Wallace



Surprising statement to say the least. If one accepts the truthiness of the eigenstate-eigenvalue link it follows that if states are relative, then so are the values of observables. Not accepting this. what have we got? If an observable has got a value at a certain moment, is that observable-relative or not? 

Uhm…

A long time ago I remember Fred Hoyle asking "Are there any constants for all the universes?” I thought the universe was a put up job. There always being "something" is what shivers my timbers. I know they say energy is eternal but what is energy?


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text 2018-05-21 04:48
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 171 pages.
The Panda Theory - Svein Clouston,Pascal Garnier

Gabriel is weird. besides that...I’ve passed the chapter in which he won the stuffed panda, but then I got a bit depressed and ticked off at Gabriel when he just left it in the trash. luckily, it got rescued, and ended up where, earlier, Gabriel went for dinner where there was no dinner but did have dinner anyway. 

 

I get the comparisons to Simenon already, but I’m also flashing back to a short, darkly humorous French novel I read years ago called The Suicide Shop. enjoyable and odd.

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text 2018-05-20 17:41
Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 171 pages.
The Panda Theory - Svein Clouston,Pascal Garnier

after how things went with Bussi and Lemaitre (especially Bussi!)...of course I’m ready to meet another French Crime novelist.

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