Science fiction novel written with Tim Poston.
eBook now available from ReAnimus Press.
Paperback and eBook from amazon.
Sam, Jane, Felix, Elzabet (Lady Elzabet of Quynt), Tinka, and Marco have just been brought together — a mismatched bunch overqualified and highly-skilled trainees from all corners of the Concordat, assembled on a small moon, taking their first steps toward Starhome and qualification as galactic citizens. If they survive. Their first training mission: An extended voyage to the boondocks, out in space where all they can damage is themselves (and a very expensive Da Silva starship). Everything starts out normally, quantum jumping through space-time congruences as the Da Silva drive does... until it's very much not normal, and they find themselves in a very strange place indeed. As they explore their new environment, they become aware of a dramatic secret which, if they can report it to the Concordat, will change everything...
Living Labyrinth wrings out every angle of a plausible scientific idea all inside a great story.
For MORE, and a spoiler warning, visit the book's website, where you will find maps, history, ecology, games, a Galactic gazetteer, details of the complications of interstellar travel, and much else.
[Website is still at beta stage and subject to further revision.]
IN FINAL STAGES OF PREPARATION: The sequel, Rock Star.
In 2012 the Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki published a 500-page proof, online, of the ABC conjecture. This is one of the most important unsolved problems in number theory, and a correct proof would be revolutionary. However, Mochizuki's methods are very technical, and so radical that it has taken the mathematical community four years to start to come to grips with them — and only after that can the proof's correctness be judged. Optimism is now growing that the proof is right. The conjecture relates the prime factors of three numbers a, b, c such that a + b = c. This looks very simple, but the consequences of the relationship are deep and powerful. Moreover, Mochizuki's new “Inter-Universal Teichmüller Theory” could lead to other far-reaching new results.
Three computer scientists have announced a computer-assisted proof of the Boolean Pythagorean Triples Problem, involving 200 terabytes of data. MORE...
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On sale September 2016
An up-to-the-minute guide to the cosmos. The formation of the Earth and its Moon, the planets and asteroids of the solar system, the Galaxy and the universe. Describes the architecture of space and time, dark matter and dark energy, how galaxies, stars and planets form, why stars implode, how everything began, and how it’s all going to end. Parallel universes, fine-tuning of the cosmos for life, what forms alien life might take, and the likelihood of life on Earth being snuffed out by an asteroid. Explains the fundamentals of gravity, relativity, quantum theory, and how they relate to each other.
Mathematics has been the driving force in astronomy and cosmology since the ancient
Babylonians. Kepler’s work on the orbits of the planets led Newton to formulate his theory of gravity. Two centuries later tiny irregularities in the motion of Mars inspired Einstein to devise his theory of General Relativity. Eighty years ago ago the discovery that the universe is expanding led to the Big Bang theory of its origins. This in turn led cosmologists to add new features, such as inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. But does inflation explain the structure of today’s universe? Does dark matter exist? Could a scientific revolution be on the way that will challenge the long-held scientific orthodoxy and once again transform our understanding of the universe?
Boolean Pythagorean Triples Problem
Elliptic curves and banking security
Where the brain stores words
Dynamics from noisy data
The Chameleon's Tongue
The real butterfly effect
8 and 24-dimensional sphere packing
Andrew Wiles gets Abel prize
How snakes slither