Wilczek's Four Cornerstones

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Wilczek's Four Cornerstones

Postby hyksos on December 23rd, 2018, 9:33 am 

I have recently become very enamored with a principle from quantum mechanics called Complementarity.

In my real life, I have said things to people about it expressing my amore. I have said things such as : "Quantum Mechanics bottoms out at Complementarity. There is no deeper floor below that basement." and "Complementarity is a deeper topic than even entanglement. Entanglement may even be a byproduct of this principle." Those claims are conjectural. But I do believe that all debates, arguments, and intellectual jousting surrounding Quantum Mechanics in the public dialogue (lets say), are really rotating around the locus of Complementarity.

Enter Frank Wilczek. Wilczek identified four cornerstones which define the house of modern physics.

I. relativity

II. symmetry

III. invariance

IV. complementarity


Wilczek's book on beauty in science describes the cornerstones in more detail.

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A short article on complementarity https://www.edge.org/response-detail/27095
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