Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Quantum Physics and Pure Math Creeping Toward One Another
Seed Magazine has just re-run a fascinating 2006 piece from Marcus du Sautoy on a possible deep connection between the mystery of prime numbers and the quantum physics of atomic structure:
It relates back to one of my favorite 'Sunday reflections' here involving a famous encounter between Freeman Dyson and Hugh Montgomery.
Here is a more recent longish piece (2013) on the same subject from Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study that brings quasi-crystals into the discussion:
And a whole lot more from this 2013 John Baez posting over at n-Category Cafe blog:
(again, technical stuff!)
Matthew Watkins' trilogy of books on prime numbers, for a more general audience, also relates to this discussion.
One gets the feeling there is something very fundamental going on here... verrrrry fundamental... but, can the human brain unravel it!?