The Universe of Codes

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Andrea Gregori

When research involves the development of non-paradigmatic arguments, it is very hard, if not impossible, to concentrate all what has to be said in few pages, and to comply with the usual structure of a scientific paper. Either there are too many words to be said, and readers must follow long arguments without the reassuring presence of familiar formulas. Or familiar expressions are used that one allegedly believes to understand, missing the fact that they need to be re-interpreted in a different logical framework. The more, quite often the arguments and the presentation are not developed to such a mature state, that everything can be easily expressed in a new, clean and codified language.

On the other hand, it does not make sense to wait decades, until everything has reached a perfect mature state, before starting talking about it. And this for good and simple reasons: no idea can be brought to a complete maturity and thoroughly developed by only one person. It must be brought to the community, even if it is not expressed in the best way, and must start a process of common discussion and thinking about, in order to reach maturity (or even be definitely discarded).

This webpage wants to be the "homepage" of a research project I started around the year 2000, after having worked for years in the domain of non-perturbative string-string duality. The questions I was trying to answer were the typical ones of string theorists: why is string theory an "empty" theory, a set of rules without an indication of what to do with them? How to compactify it in order to get the correct physical content? Does it have any physical meaning at all, then? I thought to have started to get some insight in 2002, but after years I realize that at that time I embarked myself in a much deeper and promising direction than I had ever thought.

In this site interested people are provided with a simple access through direct links to papers which are otherwise spread over various databases, and listed under different categories. Here the reader can also find a short general introduction of the kind that one does not usually find in a scientific paper, but which may help to understand the general sense and purpose of my research. There is also a page for open discussions, where people can post comments, observations, and ask questions.