InterJournal Complex Systems, 38
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [38]
Submission Date: 963011
Digital physics
Author(s): Ed Fredkin

Subject(s): CX.07

Category: Brief Article

Abstract:

The "Digital Perspective" is a way of looking at things. In a sense it is an alternative to the kinds of insights one develops by creating a mathematical model (such as a differential equation) of some physical process. Armed with the Digital Perspective, we should look anew at a variety of natural phenomena previously analyzed and modeled by conventional mathematics. The intention is not merely to produce ad hoc digital models, but to discover, construct, and test whole new ways of thinking about phenomena and systems. On one hand, we can add rigor to informal and anecdotal discoveries that have been made about digital representations of physical or mathematical systems. On the other hand, we should push the frontiers of what we can imagine, initially without restricting ourselves to what can be formally derived or convincingly proven. Examples currently happening include: Quantum Computation, applications of Cellular Automata in physics, hydrodynamics, cryptography, etc., genetics and other fields.

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