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Agency and the physics of numbers
Author(s): John M. Myers; F. Hadi Madjid
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Paper Abstract

There is an analog in physics of Godel’s incompleteness theorems, namely the theorem that the set of explanations of given evidence is unaccountably infinite. An implication of this theorem is that contact between theory and experiment depends on activity beyond computation and measurement—physical activity of some agent making a guess. Standing on the need for guesswork, we develop a representation of a symbol-handling agent that both computes and, on occasion, receives a guess from interaction with an oracle. We show: (1) how physics depends on such an agent to bridge a logical gap between theory and experiment; (2) how to represent the capacity of agents to communicate numerals and other symbols, and (3) how that communication is a foundation on which to develop both theory and implementation of spacetime and related competing schemes for the management of motion.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10660, Quantum Information Science, Sensing, and Computation X, 106600F (14 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2304806
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John M. Myers, Harvard Univ. (United States)
F. Hadi Madjid, Consultant (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10660:
Quantum Information Science, Sensing, and Computation X
Eric Donkor; Michael Hayduk, Editor(s)

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