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The Physicist Who Travels Across Disciplines, Space and Time


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  • Published On: 2022-04-21 01:36:29
  • Video Published/Author: Quanta Magazine
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A playful polymath who is prone to leaping from string theory to Proust in mid-conversation, Vijay Balasubramanian of the University of Pennsylvania is a physicist, computer scientist and neuroscientist. He has made fundamental contributions to theories of black holes and quantum gravity by studying the information content of various systems, and he directs an entire second research group at Penn that details how the world’s physical features have sculpted the brain. In this video, Balasubramanian discusses his interdisciplinary work and the importance of education in the humanities. Read more at Quanta Magazine:

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  1. We have space-time where the fourth dimension time is Integrated in the normal three dimensions.
    Is it possible to integrate time with a force? Gravity-time so time becomes a force and isn’t always linear with the same set intervals by definition? (The future time is not exact predictable as time)
    We talk about time travel which is not possible physically only in the mind. Gravity is not always constant so gravity-time is not constant.
    Gravity is a variable force (in space there are ‘lines’ to travel on between planets) with gravity-time, time becomes a force. if gravity-time can be calculated than there is a most likely future that can be calculated.
    At the moment the most likely future is just a guess in the mind.
    Can this type of calculation be used for other most likely future problems?

  2. Oh my god, I've been pursuing general research on the side. I had no idea there was a title of "Theorist". Currently re-visiting a paper I wrote on black holes to consider new ideas regarding quantum particle physics, I'm wondering if the light that is ejected from black leave any traces of the "collapse" that neutrino's suffer within the singularity.

    Do the ejected neutrino's contain hidden elements that can teach us more about gravity.

    Gravity seems like a fun area to pursue right now, the standard model may be shifted to account for dark matter in the near future.

  3. What a wonderful guy! Unapologetic polymaths are rare. When he mentioned the How and Why Wonder Books and one flashed on screen, I gasped! I have not seen one of those or thought about them for decades; but immediately recognized them as formative in my early science education, in a memory of depth and redolence normally reserved (as he mentioned) for smells and tastes. Someone should bring them back to print; I've have a kid now!

  4. Now I'm just wondering what is complexity? Is it just a human construct or is their a mathematical truth to complexity that is as important as the fundamental equations of physics in understanding the universe.

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