Toward a constructive physics
Abstract
The discretization of physics which has occurred thanks to the advent of quantum mechanics has replaced the continuum standards of time, length and mass which brought physics to maturity by counting. The (arbitrary in the sense of conventional dimensional analysis) standards were replaced by three dimensional constants: the limiting velocity c, the unit of action h, and either a reference mass (eg m/sub p/) or a coupling constant (et G related to mass scale by hc/(2(LC OMEGA)Gm/sub/p(2)) approx.  1.7 x 10 to the 38th power. Once these physical and experimental reference standards are accepted, the conventional approach is to connect physics to mathematics by means of dimensionless ratios. A program for physics which will meet these rigid criteria while preserving, in so far as possible, the successes that conventional physics has already achieved is outlined.
 Publication:

Presented at the 7th Congr. of Logic
 Pub Date:
 June 1983
 Bibcode:
 1983lmps.cong...11N
 Keywords:

 Combinatorial Analysis;
 Quantum Mechanics;
 Scattering;
 Algorithms;
 Dimensionless Numbers;
 Mass Ratios;
 Photons;
 Quantum Numbers;
 Physics (General)