MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS and NARCISSISM

( The bother with theoretical physics. )

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NARCISSUS was known for his beauty. He saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection he stared at it until he died.

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Today mathematicians behave like Narcissus.

Why ?

In 1905 Einstein involved negative time in his SRT. The negative time mathematically looked ''ugly'' and therefore Minkowski in 1908 changed negative time into positive time creating an absolute 4-D spacetime. The theory became very beautiful and as a young physicist said me: '' My professor says that you cannot be physicist if you didn't understand the beauty of the Minkowski’s interpretation.’' , but . . . but nobody knew and nobody knows what 4-D really is. (!) . . . Using the Minkowski method, Kaluza (in 1919) created the 5-D universe. To explain and to prove Kaluza’s theory O.Klein in 1926 suggested that one dimension can wrap into a very – very small region – universe, but . . . but Mincowski 4-D would stay unchanged. (!)Mathematically the theory was beautiful and interesting but nobody knew what 5-D is and how one of this dimensions can be physically wrapped. (!)

About 50 years later . . .

New forces were discovered and some physicists came to the conclusion that quantum particles cannot be ‘'a point'’. Quantum particle as ‘a point’ doesn’t reflect the real image of a quantum particle. And because a quantum particle at the same time is a wave - therefore it must vibrate. The simple example of vibration is a string of violin or guitar. . . . ( the solution that quantum particles must have geometric form '' string '' is subjective not objective solution, because no one showed the law according to which a particle should be ''string'' ) . . . But to exist this string-particle needs 10 or 11 – dimensions. Later was invented another kind of string – loop string-particle that needed 26 or 27 dimensions. Physicists say that these theories are very beautiful. The problem is that nobody knows if these extra- dimensions and these string – particles really exist.

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Narcissus died looking at his own beautiful image. The mathematical conception of '‘beauty'’ took Physics in the Narcissus' way. If we want to be realistic people , we must understand: what Minkowski absolute spacetime 4-D really is . . . what does 4D reflect?

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P.S.

Most physicists were training how to use the apparatus of quantum mechanics, not its meaning.

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