Hello everythingers (and Max)... After "lurking" on this mailing list for quite some time now, I've decided to take the plunge and advertise here a web page I've prepared giving my own thoughts on the possibilities for a theory of everything. It's mainly my comments on the avenue I regard as most promising, and which was one of the foundation stones that helped this list get started with something to talk about(!) - namely, Max Tegmark's "ultimate ensemble theory" paper, available in various formats at his web site (http://www.sns.ias.edu/~max/toe.html) or as preprint gr-qc/9704009 (http://xxx.lanl.gov/abs/gr-qc/9704009).
Probably the best way to view my web page is via the "Crit" web annotation and critical discussion service: http://crit.org/http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~ids/dotdot/misc/research_related/TheoriesOfEverything/my_thoughts.html (Indeed, I can recommend the Crit service for viewing the web in general! Just put the prefix "http://crit.org/" in front of whatever URL you were going to look at.) If the Crit service gives problems (e.g. it's sometimes down or very slow), you'll just have to drop the "http://crit.org/" prefix and view my page directly: http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~ids/dotdot/misc/research_related/TheoriesOfEverything/my_thoughts.html I should warn that it's rather technical in places, and in particular will not make sense outside the context of Max's paper. (Cynics will no doubt say it doesn't make that much sense *in* the context of Max's paper! :-) ) Also, it's worded as if "to Max", i.e. "you" means Max, etc etc - this is simply because it's an adaptation to HTML form of a message from me to Max of 28th September 1997, and it was simplest to leave it in that grammatical form. I hope at least part of it proves interesting to somebody. Comments and criticisms welcome. (I can't promise to reply to all e-mail 'cos this is a busy time here at Imperial College, but I'll try my best.) Iain. -- Iain Stewart Dept. of Computing Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ, U.K. (+44) 20-7594-8349 [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~ids/ -- And on the sixth day God said "Bugger this! I'm going to re-compile the universe *without* error checking." ---with apologies to Eric Fosdike <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>