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This Week-ish in Theoretical Physics

Surely it is hubris on my part to presume to co-opt the title of the venerable online column “This Week’s Finds in Mathematical Physics” written for nearly seventeen years by the great doyen of mathematical communication – John Baez. However, not finding any other takers for this task I figured … why not? So here… Continue reading This Week-ish in Theoretical Physics

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Spacetime Geometry as Information Geometry

In an entry to the 2013 FQXi essay contest and in an accompanying paper, Jonathan Heckman, a postdoc at Harvard, put forward a scintillating new idea – that one can derive the theory of strings and of gravity starting from nothing more but a Bayesian statistical inference model in which a collective of $N$ agents… Continue reading Spacetime Geometry as Information Geometry

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The Measurement Problem, Part 1

The Problem The measurement problem becomes a problem only when we neglect to specify the nature of the observer’s Hilbert space. Postulates I (Systems are described by vectors in a Hilbert space) and II (Time evolution occurs via some given Hamiltonian for a particular system) are fine in that regard. These two postulates deal only… Continue reading The Measurement Problem, Part 1