From the Icosahedron to E8 - Here is a little article I’m writing for the Newsletter of the London Mathematical Society. The regular icosahedron is connected to many ‘exceptional objec...
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Hello! This is John Baez‘s new blog.That expresses very clearly something that I have also been feeling.
I’m a mathematical physicist. I teach at U.C. Riverside. I’m about to make a big career shift. I’ve been working on n-categories and fundamental physics, but now I want to work on more practical things, too.
Why? I keep realizing more and more that our little planet is in deep trouble! The deep secrets of math and physics are endlessly engrossing — but they can wait, and other things can’t.
Since July 2010 I’ve been working at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, which is located in Singapore. I’ll stay there until the end of July 2012. This will be a good time to change gears and try something new.
I plan to talk about many things on this blog: from math to physics to earth science and biology, computer science and the technologies of today and tomorrow – but in general, centered around the theme of what scientists can do to help save a planet in crisis.
1. The bountifulness of God2. The nurture of creation3. The search for wisdom
So what is Points of Inflection about, anyhow? It started out with my involvement in the GreenFaith program. I wanted to think in a num...