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Are there points in our space?

  1. Jan 18, 2005 #1
    Hello, I'm new here, excuse my english...
    Are there points in our space?
    If there are not, as it seems obviously if space was (is) created since big-bang (can points be created?), the consecuences are strong.
    For example, we deduce inmediately the uncertainty of positions --if there are not points, there are not (x,y,z)--, every function f(x,y,z) is aproximate, the space is not continuos, we are not in R^3 but in Q^n, etc...
    What do you think?

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    "The matter-energy is not inside a space-time, but the space-time is a manifestation of the matter-energy"
     
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  3. Jan 18, 2005 #2

    HallsofIvy

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    "Points" are not physical objects- they are concepts.

    As far as saying "every function f(x,y,z) is aproximate", well of course that's true.

    You seem to be confusing physics with mathematics!
     
  4. Jan 18, 2005 #3
    Meh...

    Math are tools, models, you use the ones that serve your purpose. In my case, f(x,y,z) is just fine.
     
  5. Jan 18, 2005 #4
    Is space also a concept?
    We see the matter but also feel the space!
    I points are a concept then the position (x,y,z) of matter is another concept not a reality.
    But I can do the question with other words: Can we talk of points of space? Can we apply this absolute concept in physics?
    This is an axioma that never appears in the books of physics!
     
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  6. Jan 18, 2005 #5

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    Points are basically a tool for our bookkeeping. They do not correspond to any physical structure. The fact that laws of nature seem to be diffeomorphism invariant strongly supports this position.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2005 #6
    Yes, I agree.
    But, let me insist: if points are a tool for our bookkeeping, what is a punctual position of a particle? It is also a tool?, have a particle a position?, my idea is that there is not an exact-punctual position but not due to the uncertainly principle nor to our medition instruments but because there are not points, there are not a point to assign a position --nor instants--. There are not (conceptual) points in our space as in maths. In the fundaments of physics, what is the definition of the position of matter?
    For me all this is due that the matter-energy is not inside a space-time, but is the space-time that is a manifestation of a matter-energy!
     
  8. Jan 19, 2005 #7
    There are no points in noncommutative geometry and it still works quite good.
     
  9. Feb 8, 2005 #8
    A "space" is a geometric concept. It is usually considered a plenum (which should answer your original question).

    You say we can "feel the space"...I disagree. I know that we can conceive of space -- indeed, of many spaces -- but I don't think perception of space is anything more than relating yourself to some other "observer" (IOW, without two reference points, would you still "feel the space"?).
     
  10. Feb 10, 2005 #9
    Could you explain a bit about what 'diffeomorphism invariant' means?
     
  11. Feb 10, 2005 #10

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  12. Feb 11, 2005 #11

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    If you are going to talk about "points" and "space" in this way, then I have to ask "what is YOUR definition of 'point' or 'space'". The fact is that physics and mathematics often use the same terms with DIFFERENT definitions. Which are you using?
     
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