The 2nd Joint Dutch-IFT School on Theoretical Physics will be held
from February 14-18 at the IFT-UNESP in Sao Paulo. The opening lecture
"String Theory and the Universe" will be given by Prof. Edward Witten
(IAS, Princeton) at 10:15 on Monday Feb 14, followed by minicourses of
Finally, only now I was able to watch this video.
Very interesting. Lots of material to think about, and potential points of convergence with other ideas. I am curious on how far the idea of time as a "change of change" is connected with H. Bergson's idea of "duration". Hopefully, the book...
Most physics undergraduate courses do not offer even general relativity (not even a basic introduction to it), so Hamiltonian GR is out of question. This is so in Brazil, and as far as I can see, also true elsewhere. http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0506075
Undergraduate physics has...
I strongly advice *against* this book, since it is for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students, which is evidently not the case here.
If you are really interested to work hard and the right way in other to have a good basic understanding of these matters, so that you can...
There is no misunderstanding :smile: It's just that it's really more appropriate to read how professional string theorists will address your questions than I write/question anything general for the moment. My concern with negru's comments is somewhat outside this thread.
Yes, thanks, I know. I was just questioning negru in order that he would clarify his rationale.
But since I am not a string theorist and do not wish to contribute diverging from your interesting thread, I will just be following with no further comments.
You mean then that those features are not necessarily physical, and hence their eventual non-observation has no impact whatsoever on corroborating or not the theory? Then what is your criteria for considering a feature physical within a theory, or in other words, what would make it "important"...
I cannot tell from the more recent papers (the last two), but I'd say that, yes, the first three examples above involve model building and calculations on it, at varying degrees. The last one appears to use computations from other works, but I'd have to read it some time.
Here are some dictionary definitions of the word "calculation":
- problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
- determining something by mathematical or logical methods [syn: computation, computing]
- to determine by mathematical processes [ex: calculate the rate of...
In a sense you corroborate with my impressions. Generally one does calculations aiming at something specific, an application, for instance. Not the general solution or result. It's not a question of calculations being good/bad, elegant/cumbersome, but required or not.
I would say "equations" or "mathematical expressions", instead of "calculations". Most string theory papers that I have seen do not have "calculations" in the sense of the word, that is, with concrete numbers put into formulas.