OK. I am getting back to working on the remaining topics, in particular, taking down detailed notes on the QM spin. I plan to begin this activity starting this evening. Also, I can now receive queries, from “any” one, regarding my work on QM, including the bit mentioned in the post below. [The meaning of ` “any” one ‘ is explained below.]
[2021.03.24 13:17 IST]
Am just about completing one full day of plain loitering around, doing nothing.
No, of course, it couldn’t possibly have been literally nothing—whether of the शून्य (“shoonya”) variety, or the शुन्य (“shunya”) one. (Go consult a good Sanskrit dictionary for the subtle differences in the meaning of these two terms.)
So, what I mean to say by “doing nothing” is this:
The last entry in my research journal has the time-stamp of 2021.03.18 21:40:34 IST. So, by now, it’s almost like a full day of doing “nothing” for me.
It’s actually worse than that…
In fact, I started loitering around, including on the ‘net, even earlier, i.e., a few days ago. May be from 16th March, may be earlier. However, my journal pages (still loose, still not filed into the plastic folder) do show some entries, which get shorter and shorter, well until the above time-stamp. …The entry before the afore-mentioned has the time-stamp: 2021.03.18 19:12:52 IST.
But not a single entry over the past whole day.
So, what did I do over the last one day? and also, over a few days before it?
Well, the list is long.
I browsed. (Yes, including Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook—others’ accounts, of course!)
I also downloaded a couple of research papers, and one short history-like book. I generally tried to read through them. Unsurprisingly, I found that I could not. The reason is: I just don’t have any mental energy left to do anything meaningful.
Apparently, I have exhausted all my energy in thinking about the linear momentum operator.
I think that by now I have thought about this one topic in most every way any human being possibly could. At least in parts (i.e., one part taken at a time). I have analyzed and re-analyzed, and re-re-analyzed. I kept on jotting down my “thoughts” (also in a way that would be mostly undecipherable to any one).
I kept getting exhausted, and still, I kept pushing myself. I kept on analyzing. Going back to my earlier thoughts, refining them and/or current thoughts. Et cetera.
In the end, finally, I reached the point where I couldn’t even push myself any longer—in spite of all my stamina to keep pursuing threads in “thinking”. I’ve some stories to share here, but some other time. …To cut all of them long stories short:
Some 12 hours after I thus fully crashed out of all my mental energies, at some moment, I somehow realized that:
I had already built a way to visualize a path in between my approach and the mainstream QM, regarding the linear momentum operator.
I made a briefest possible entry (consisting of exactly one small sketch over some 2″ by 5″ space). Which was at 2021.03.18 21:40:34 IST.
Then, I stopped pursuing it too.
Why bother? Especially when I can now visualize “it” any time I want?
But how good is it?
I think, it should work. But it also appears to be too shaky and too tenuous a connection to me—between the mainstream QM and my new approach.
Of course I’ve noted down a bit of maths to go with it too, and also the physical units for the quantities involved. Yet, two points remain:
As a relatively minor point: I haven’t had the energy to work out (let alone to do even the quick and dirty simulations for) all possible permutations and combinations of the kind of elements I am dealing with. So, there is a slim possibility that terms may cancel each other and so the formulation may not turn out to be general enough. (I’ve been fighting with such a thing for a long time by now.)
But as a relatively much more important point: As I said, this whole way of thinking about it seems too tenuous to me. Even if it works out OK (i.e., after considering all the permutations and combinations involved), this very way of looking at the things would still look at best tenuous to any one.
The only consolation I have is this idea (which had already become absolutely banal even decades ago):
Every thing about QM is different from the pre-quantum theories.
That’s the only thin thread of logic by which I my ideas hang. … Not as good as I wanted it. But not as bad as hanging all loose either…
And, yes, I’ve thought through the ontological aspects as well. … The QM ontology is radically different from the ontologies of all the pre-quantum theories. Especially, that of NM (Newtonian mechanics of particles and rigid bodies). But it is not so radically different from the ontology already required for EM (the Maxwell-Lorentz electrodynamics)—though there is a lot of difference between the EM and the QM ontologies.
And that’s what the current status looks like.
“So, when do you plan to publish it?”
Ummm… Not a good question. A better question, for me, is this:
What do I propose to do with my time, now?
The answer is simple. I will go in for what I know is going to be the most productive route.
Which is: I am going to continue loitering around.
Then, I will begin with taking detailed notes on the QM spin—the next topic from the mainstream QM—as soon as my mental energy returns.
That’s right. I won’t be even considering writing down my thoughts about that goddamn linear momentum operator. Not for any time in the near future. That’s the only way to optimize productivity. My productivity, that is.
So, sorry, I won’t be writing anything on the linear momentum any time soon, even if it precisely was the topic that kept me pre-occupied for such a long time—and also formed the topic of blogging for quite some over the recent past. So, sorry, this entire blog-post (the present one) is going to remain quite vague to you, for quite some time. You even might feel cheated at this point.
Well, but I do have a strong defence from my side: I’ve always said, time and once again, that I was always ready to share all my thoughts to “any” one. I mean, any one who (i) knows the theory of the mainstream QM (including its foundational issues), and (ii) also has looked into the experimental aspects of it (at least in the schematic form.)
So, any such a person can always drop a line to me.
Don’t write anything to me right away. Hold on for a few days. I just want to kill my time around for now. That’s why.
I’ll let you know (may be via an update here), once I begin actually taking down my notes on the QM spin. That’s the time you—“you” the “any” one—may get in touch with me. That is, if “you” want to know what I’ve thought about that goddamn linear momentum operator. [OK. As the update at the top of the post indicates, now I’m ready.]
OK, bye for now, take care in the meanwhile, and don’t be surprised if I also visit your blog and all…
A Many songs I like:
[I also listened to a lot of songs over the past few days. I couldn’t find a single song that went very well with any one of my overall moods over the past few days… So, don’t try to read too much into this choice. And, I’ve got bored, so I won’t offer any further comment on this song either. (And, one way or the other, I actually don’t know why I like this song or the extent to which I actually like it. Not as of now, any way!)
(Hindi) जनम जनम का साथ है निभाने को (“janam janam kaa saath hai nibhaane ko”)
Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
I could not find a good quality original audio track. The “revival” version is here: [^]. It was this version which I first listened to, and used to listen to, while taking leisurely evening drives (for up to, say, 50 miles almost every day) in the area around Santa Rosa. Which was in California. But it didn’t feel that way. (It also was the home town of the “Peanuts” comics creator.) …
…OK, I will throw in one more:
(Marathi) तूं तेव्हा तशी (“too, tevhaa tashee”)
Music and Singer: Pt. Hridayanath Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Aaratee Prabhu
Which is yet another poem by Aaratee Prabhu, converted into a song by Hridayanath. But I won’t be able to talk about it. Not as of today anyway. Listening is good. A good quality audio is here [^].
…And, since I have been listening to songs a lot over the past few days, one more, just for this time around…
(Western, Pop) “How deep is your love”
Band: Bee Gees
I don’t know what the “Official Video” means, but it is here: [^]. I also don’t know what the “Deluxe Edition” of the audio means, but it’s here [^]. … I always happened to listen to the audio, which was, you know, at many places in Pune like in the `H’ club (of the student-run mess at COEP hostels); at the movie theatres running English movies in Pune (like Rahul, the old West-End, and Alka); most all restaurants from the Pune Camp area (and also a few from the Deccan area); also in the IIT Madras hostels; etc. All of this was during the ’80s, only. I don’t know why, but seems like I never came across this song, even at any of these places, once it was ’90s. … As usual, I didn’t even know the words, and so, couldn’t have searched for it. A few days ago, I was just going through a compilation of songs of ’70s when I spotted this one, and then searched on its lyrics and credits and all. I had remembered—and actually known—only the music… But yes, now that I know them, the words too seem pretty good…
Anyway, enough is enough. I already wrote a lot! High time to go back to doing nothing…
2021.03.19 22:27 IST: Originally published.
2021.03.24 13:25 IST: Update noted at the top of the post and also inline. Some minor corrections/editing.