## Tuesday, July 18, 2006

### The insane zero stuff.

It's a personal view on how to build everything with nothing. Start with Zero. This is then mutated to "equivalent" values.

The idea behind this comes from when I was about 15. I had this nagging idea that space, energy and matter are simply different interpretations of the same thing and time is merely linked to the variations in that interpretation - I warned you about the madness bit didn't I?

I developed a system for this, which occassionaly I refine. In this system nothing is not quite how it seems, zero is not the same as nothing and empty space is teaming with activity.

This isn't a theory of how things really are - it's more a quirky exploration of something I find interesting and it keeps me amused when I'm not working on real problems.

Makes sense? Confused? I warned you it was madness. Still, you'd be surprised what you can make out of nothing and random statistical probability.

Unknown said...

Seems rather like von Neumann's "trick of deriving everything from nothing". Whereas you're creating values out of zero via the properties of addition, von Neumann uses the size of the set to define numbers.

So, {} => 0, {0} => 1, {0, {0}} => 2. Or apparently, {{}} => 1 as 0 is {}.

Then I guess you get the negatives via the properties of addition, but having defined the numbers rather than pulling them out of the zero.

Apologies if you knew of this - I came across it when I finally got around to reading Robert Kaplan's "The Nothing That Is".

swardley said...

Hi Henri,

This isn't an exploration into number theory nor the waiting paradox of Bertrand Russel. Rather it is an multidimensional interpretation of zero where:-

1. Zero (or any value) can mutate into constituents (such as 1-1)

2. Where those constituents can move in the grid.

3. Where the grid can contain any number of dimensions.

4. Where mutation at any point on the grid can create new dimensions at that point.

and simply my observations that the resultant structures are interesting enough that I tend to believe zero is everything and certainly not nothing.

In short, it is my explaination of the physical universe starting from zero. I started with these ideas 23+ years ago, and continued whilst at Cambridge.

I don't normally mention it, because to be honest starting a conversation that the universe is zero which isn't nothing, does get some rather odd looks.

Anyway, I haven't read Kaplan's book - I must do so, so thanks for that.

Robert Price said...

That's really interesting. Think about computer science career later. It might be a good transition for you.