Physical Laws of the Mathematical Universe: Who Are We? sets off from the first page on an arduous and ambitious journey to define and describe a comprehensive depiction of reality that embraces the rigors of physics, the elegance of mathematics, and the intricacies of human perception. Neeti Sinha brings to bear her extensive education and research as she pursues an explanation that unites these often disparate disciplines in service of a nuanced description of the wonders of the whole universe.
In the course of its exploration of this topic, Physical Laws of the Mathematical Universe: Who Are We? unites insights from the fields of mathematics and physics in light of human perception to explain the contours of the universe and the origins of its parallel forms. The work also demonstrates how major scientific conundrums find their resolution when one adopts a holistic perspective. Finally, the author uncovers the profound foundations of human appreciation for truth and beauty in the aesthetics that bind together physics and mathematics.
If you look at your life and the world and wonder about their true nature, then Physical Laws of the Mathematical Universe: Who Are We? will accompany you on a journey that may test the limits of your understandings of the universe while opening to your gaze vistas you previously had not imagined.
Introduction The conversation presented here is an offshoot of a stubborn yet pleasurable pursuit. The maneuvering through which this communication has materialized at the most fundamental level has served me with one of the most yearned for occupations—connecting the “hidden” of the subliminal plane to the “obvious” of the observed universe. Delineating the structure of an all-encompassing space-time, in which the cosmic arena, the quantum world, and the “aware” elements all reside agreeably. The course of my scientific interests first led me to the scopes of biochemical and bio-molecular disciplines, and then deep into the theoretical fields of biophysics. In between, interspersed, were quite a few mini-transitions that involved handling projects, where the two successive scientific curiosities didn't seem to even remotely connect. And after some such abrupt switches I stumbled on a subject that is not only exceedingly methodical but also the most revelatory, of the nature of reality that many of us crave to realize. From the position of this subject, the colors of different academic areas that I had glanced seem to converge to cast an unbroken spectrum of a learning order. The expositions from this revelatory field apparently authenticate the nature of an all-inclusive reality most deftly and with sharpest accuracy—they are the insights that emanate from the school of physical sciences. The judgments of physical sciences, which I am trying to grasp, can lead seekers to an enlightening intersection, the interpretation of which can potentially unlock the hindmost truth of the universe. This intersection, which melds the voices of physics and mathematics with the tone of perceptivity, by and of itself composes an entire subject—utilizing verdicts and abstractions that radiate from physics and mathematics to discern the nature of an all-embracing reality. The interest to systematically translate the nature of an ultimate order in-part has to do with the scientific inclination of my bio-chart, and in some measure has to do with what was instinctive—a sort of knotty uneasiness that spurred me to grope for clarity concerning the schematic of the outmost continuum. Many of us zestfully ponder meaning and purpose, and the quest can cast its shadow in the arena of science or under the umbrella of any other scholastic domes. My avocation to align the scientifically observed with that which is cognitively grasped transpired following my own realization of the latitude that sweeps as watcher, extended beside the texture of space and time—the instance commonly referred to as self-realization. The move to channel musings into a manuscript came with the reflection that there isn't a better way to throw light on the diagrammatic that has drawn my interest for so many years than to sculpt it into a methodical write-up. So, when I shipped out my elapsing affection for protein science and embarked on an unknown journey into the realms of the mysterious, assaying the perspectives toward piecing the floating bits into a meaningful tonality, it was only to help and enliven my own self. Channeling those assays into a form of a book was yet another ball game. The cycles of rumination, scribbling, and composing eventually led to a draft that perhaps could fit standards of a revelatory communication. The current form emerged after rounds of construction, demolition, and restructuring, and involved major overhauls, with a great deal of chiseling, honing, tuning, and accentuating. Most of the insights that became fundamental in systematizing this communication, however, surfaced during the process of revisions, apparently providing a sharper and deeper understanding into the preliminary topic—the theme not just juicy but holds the key to unlock the greatest mysteries of the reality. The subject matter isn't just about how the universe is structured; it is also about how the elements of perceptivity sweep through the décor of the fully adorned space-time, where the consciousness, too, is pieced onto the design. As I stepped along with the intent of peering into the utmost nature by the postures of the scientific purviews, my focus inadvertently fell on the kinesics of the subject of mathematics. At first I was purely amazed at how parallel mathematics is to the architecture of the universe that we see. Then, the more I probed into this numerical field, the sharper the image of the universe it printed. My attempts to converge the mathematical tone with averments of physics and elements of mind sprung open from then on—it is in the transparency of the suggestive force that mathematics carries that I bumped into a graphic by which the immersion of aware elements into the unified field of space-time can be shown. In delicate ways we are all aware that, whereas the statements in physics broadcast the thoroughgoing view of the universe, there is no easy way to infuse consciousness within the same elaborative scheme. So, although the novel inspections do act as magnifying glasses to peek into the highly resolved what's what, to eyeball the absolute landscape, we need a rather suggestive window casement—one that hammers out when traces of mathematics, physics, and sentience are merged into a coordinated, well-ordered singleton. Here I have tried to present a graphic of a full-length space-time that precipitates with the studs of the subliminal elements, evenly peppered over the contour of the reality—the reality that we grasp from scientific observations. As I move forward into the subject matter I shall try to furnish the script with apropos scientific findings and inklings, and with my own inferences about them, toward advocating the schematic of the absolute makeup. Thus, the texture of the rendering presented in this book mushrooms from the pouring forth of three different springs—the mathematical tonalities that throw light on the fabrication of the reality, the appearance of space-time the way ratiocinations in physics portends, and the interjection of the preceding into an outline that accounts for the way we sense the universe. The resulting sketch must not just explain the scientific observations; it should also match the absolute complexion that is perceived cognitively. I am hoping that the description that I present here not only exposes the gazing window into the ultimate but also shows how the inflection of the absolute space-time can be upheld by the frequencies of physics and the modulations of mathematics.
Neeti Sinha has received D.Phil. from Oxford University, and postdoctoral training from the National Institutes of Health. Subsequently, she has worked as a scientist at Johns Hopkins University. Her current focus of study involves rationalizing scientific messages in order to perceive the most detailed textures of space-time.
She runs a blog www.magnifieduniverse.com/blog to cover a variety of topics with a central theme of grasping the nature of reality. Find out the basic components of this subject on www.magnifieduniverse.com
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