Discrete Physics and Computation

Day - Time: 18 October 2010, h.11:00
Place: Area della Ricerca CNR di Pisa - Room: C-29
  • Alexander Lamb (Freelance)

Tommaso Bolognesi


As more and more theories in particle physics begin to explore the possibility of discrete space-time, the smaller the gap becomes between physics and computer science. Can computer science provide useful tools and algorithms to help facilitate the search for the ‘theory of everything?’. This talk argues the case, and shows how simple algorithms can be used to reproduce many critically important symmetries observed in nature.

Starting with a simple demonstration of linear motion and rotational invariance, this talk will cover work that duplicates key physical phenomena, such as special relativity and quantum interference. The current project here at CNR on models for discrete space-time will also be outlined and preliminary results shared. This talk requires no formal training in physics, but is suitable for anyone interested in taking their knowledge of computation and using it to explore open topics such as quantum gravity.