The Origin Of Space: A Centuries-Old Thread of Hypotheses (and Some of its Modern Consequences for Particle Physics and Astrophysics)
Year: 1999 Pages: 69
Keywords: axiom of choice, composite quantum, computation, continuum, cosmological model, cosmology, decoherence, higgs field, many-worlds, monads, multiple-realities, quantum, quantum computation, redshift, re
This exploratory study reviews works by Everett, Feynman and others dealing with the nature of the quantum in light of hypotheses by Bruno, Leibniz and Einstein about the origin of space. A common thread is identified within this centuries-old line of thought, leading to an alternate conceptual approach for the problem of the elements making up our reality. By departing entirely from classical concepts the approach appears to allow bridging the gap between the sets of principles forming Einstein's Relativity and Quantum theories by logically pointing toward a space/matter continuity equation and various quanta-generated space manifold structures. Unlike Everett's original ?relative-state? formulation of quantum processes, this extended formulation may be supported by experimentally verifiable consequences. In that respect the review addresses (1) Particle Physics, where a Higgs field is found not to exist as a direct consequence of the hypotheses, in contrast with the present expectations of Quantum Field Theory, and (2) Astrophysics/Cosmology, where through existing supernovae surveys the formulation points in a direct way to redshifts as Hubble obtained but without postulating an overall expansion for the envisioned open universe. A number of formal principles and process descriptions from Quantum and Relativity theories such as wave-particle duality, wave function collapses, null-measurement, quantum state preparations, mass and energy as well as Mach's Principle are replaced with constructive physical descriptions. In order to cover composite quantum systems, and in particular extended computational processes, Everett's original work receives a needed clarification backed up through a Feynman's path integral analysis. However, a complete formalism suitable for addressing the hypothesized elements of reality cannot be provided within the confines of this review due to their intrinsic novelty for existing Mathematical Analysis. To develop the remaining formalism work is required (1) in the mathematics of the continuum and physical systems evolution (in general mathematics revising or rejecting the Axiom of Choice), (2) to identify the details of a cosmological continuity equation, and (3) to formalize the kind of computational processes identified here. Also, due to the limited aspect of the potential evidence available in the two addressed areas of Physics, a set of more substantial confirming consequences related to quanta-generated spatial structures will need to be identified elsewhere through a separate review.