# Re: Why do particles decay randomly?

```Is 10^122 or 10^1000 large enough?
Richard
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On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:

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> On 12 Apr 2013, at 16:24, Richard Ruquist wrote:
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> Mathematics itself seems rather magical.
> For instance the sum 1+2+3+4+5.....infinity = -1/12
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> Well,  with some convergence criteria!
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> And according to Scott Aaronson's new book
> when string theorists estimate the mass of a photon
> they get two components: one being 1/12
> and the other being that sum, so the mass is zero,
> thanks to Ramanujan
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> If that sum is cutoff at some very large number but less than infinity,
> does anyone know the value of the summation.?
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> A very large number.
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> Bruno
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> On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM, Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com>wrote:
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>> On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:30 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com>
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>> > On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 5:35 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>
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>> >> On Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:29:51 PM UTC-4, John Clark wrote:
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>> >>> On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 Craig Weinberg <whats...@gmail.com> wrote:
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>> >>>> > If matter is deterministic, how could it behave in a random way?
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>> >>> It couldn't.
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>> >> Are you saying then that matter is random, or that it is neither
>> random nor
>> >> deterministic?
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>> > Matter behaves randomly, but probability theory allows us to make
>> > predictions about random events.
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>> In my view, randomness = magic.
>> The MWI and Comp are the only theories I've seen so far that do not
>> require magic to explain observed randomness.
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