THE BOOK OF 25 – CHAPTER 24
The World at Large
When the world appears to be large and disconnected, great thinkers make us reflect upon the world as we may not have thought about it before. This is not meant to be an interpretation of their thoughts, but a reflection of their thoughts for the reader. Imagine if you will a meeting of these minds, each influences the other from different realities.
Einstein writes, “How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn. For what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. First of all, for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavours, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts such as possessions, outward success and luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.” Says the great Albert Einstein.
Einstein wrote of the theory of relativity and Garett Lisi writes of all theories being related and interrelated. As for the comparisons to Einstein, Lisi says they’re “completely unjustified.” He acknowledges he “managed to get extremely lucky with the physics and discover something very cool,” adding “some aspects of this beautiful theory have the potential to outlive me.” But Einstein’s relativistic description of gravity “has been borne out by countless experiments,” Lisi says. “By comparison, I just managed to put some pieces together that were lying around.” And to this we say, Amen.
Garret was asked recently, “What is exceptionally simple about your unified theory of particle behavior?”
Garret Lisi, observes , “Well, the “exceptionally simple” title is a pun, but the theory is simpler than alternatives. The main idea came from playing with different formulations of general relativity and particle physics until I found a way to get them together in a single mathematical structure, called a super-connection. The Higgs field and the whole algebra of the standard model and gravity fit into the algebra of the largest simple exceptional, the Lie group. From general relativity, we know nature cares about geometry. And these exceptional structures allow the algebra of spinor fields to be described in terms of the pure geometry of Lie groups. It makes for a very consistent and elegant description of the E8 theory. This algebra included bosons interacting with fermions, and it looked unlike any Lie algebra I’d ever seen. It was a long time before I considered that it might be part of some larger mathematical structure. A part of E8, a truly beautiful, mathematical object. The collection of algebraic fields was actually part of a single mathematical object. Thus it’s the theory of everything.
In this time, we are to think of ways where this may be, considered high-brow or un-relatable to our thoughts or our lives and that we, remarkably live a life built on the lives of many others. All Life is notable and no life goes unmarked and as Einstein states, that life would be empty without kindness, beauty and truth. Lisi in his own way agrees and expresses this beauty and truth through the E8. Both Einstein and Lisi developed controversial theories of life in the world at large.
Cristoph De Caermicael
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