Questioning Pre-Mathematical Intuitions

von Eckard Blumschein

Questioning Pre-Mathematical Intuitions
Eckard Blumschein

FQXi Essay Contest – 2012

Essay Abstract

Enigmas and suspected basic flaws in physics evade mathematical scrutiny if they relate to intuitive pre-mathematical fallacies. This essay focuses on notions and tacit
assumptions that are basic to theories. For instance it questions the assumptions that the distinction between past and future is an illusion, time is something a priori given in which objects may move like in space, and any mathematical structure has a correlate in reality. Because it is not biased by an intension to brutally rescue holy grails, it does not question causality, c, or time. Instead it is driven by curiosity about how we go about doing what we do and by the confidence to eventually reveal typical human fallacies. Some key tenets of mathematics and physics proved to be at variance with its results. They include putative realism of future space-time, perfect mirror-symmetries, naïve set theory, singularities, and possibly even Lorentz contraction. 

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Author Bio

Dr.-Ing. Eckard Blumschein is a retired teacher of Electrical Engineering. He was with to Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg since 1966. There he developed inverter control of arc welding. Because welding by ear still outperforms complex signal processing, and the usual spectrograms has notorious imperfections, he asked for reasons and revealed arbitrary redundancies. He managed mimicking spectral analysis within the cochlea by cosine transform and suspects improper interpretation of complex calculus in quantum mechanics, too. Meanwhile he feels forced to deal with basic notions like time, number, and continuum.

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