Re: How did it all begin?

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Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 12:04:34 -0400

Hi Saibal, Norman

 I did not mean to intervene but so that my name is not
 "called in vain" (:-) I would like to mention that, yes, I read
 Tegmark's paper and enjoyed it much though I could not
 help but notice that, though he promises, he never gets
 to Level IV (my favorite) on this paper, to my regret.

 I don't think that was the reason for the dishonorable mention,
 though! I surely wasn't heard about it..

 As to whom am I? Still trying to find out...


 Godfrey Kurtz
 (New Brunswick, NJ)

 -----Original Message-----
 From: Norman Samish <>
 To: Saibal Mitra <>
 Sent: Tue, 30 Aug 2005 15:57:54 -0700
 Subject: Re: How did it all begin?

  This is a teaser. Why did Tegmark's paper receive Dishonorable
 Who is Godfrey?

 ----- Original Message -----
 From: "Saibal Mitra" <>
 To: "everything" <>
 Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 6:14 AM
 Subject: How did it all begin?

  Tegmark's essay was not well received (perhaps Godfrey didn't like it?
:-) )

 How did it all begin?
 Authors: Max Tegmark
 Comments: 6 pages, 6 figs, essay for 2005 Young Scholars Competition in
 honor of Charles Townes; received Dishonorable Mention

  How did it all begin? Although this question has undoubtedly lingered
for as
  long as humans have walked the Earth, the answer still eludes us. Yet
  my grandparents were born, scientists have been able to refine this
  to a degree I find truly remarkable. In this brief essay, I describe
some of
 my own past and ongoing work on this topic, centering on cosmological
 inflation. I focus on
 (1) observationally testing whether this picture is correct and
  (2) working out implications for the nature of physical reality (e.g.,
  global structure of spacetime, dark energy and our cosmic future,
 universes and fundamental versus environmental physical laws).
  (2) clearly requires (1) to determine whether to believe the
conclusions. I
 argue that (1) also requires (2), since it affects the probability
 calculations for inflation's observational predictions.

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