Accession Number:

ADA106362

Title:

Nature Abhors an Empty Vacuum,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

Imagine a crystalline world of tiny, discrete cells, each knowing only what its nearest neighbors do. Each volume of space contains only a finite amount of information, because space and time come in discrete units. In such a universe, well construct analogs of particles and fields -- and ask what it would mean for these to satisfy constraints like conservation of momentum. In each case classical mechanics will break down -- on scales both small and large, and strange phenomena emerge a maximal velocity, a slowing of internal clocks, a bound on simultaneous measurement, and quantum-like effects in very weak, or intense fields.

Subject Categories:

  • Crystallography
  • Quantum Theory and Relativity

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE