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)

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

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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 since my grandparents were born, scientists have been able to refine this question 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., the global structure of spacetime, dark energy and our cosmic future, parallel
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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