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28/11/2012, 11:30 — 12:30 — Room P4.35, Mathematics Building

Louis H. Kauffman, *Univ. of Illinois at Chicago*

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Non-Commutative Worlds and Classical Constraints

This talk shows how discrete measurement leads to commutators and
how discrete derivatives are naturally represented by commutators
in a non-commutative extension of the calculus in which they
originally occurred. We show how the square root of minus one ($i$)
arises naturally as a time-sensitive observable for an elementary
oscillator. In this sense the square root of minus one is a clock
and/or a clock/observer. This sheds new light on Wick rotation,
which replaces $t$ (temporal quantity) by $it$. In this view, the
Wick rotation replaces numerical time with elementary temporal
observation. The relationship of this remark with the Heisenberg
commutator $[P,Q]=i\hslash $ is explained. We discuss iterants - a
generalization of the complex numbers as described above. This
generalization includes all of matrix algebra in a temporal
interpretation. We then give a generalization of the Feynman-Dyson
derivation of electromagnetism in the context of non-commutative
worlds. This generalization depends upon the definitions of
derivatives via commutators and upon the way the non-commutative
calculus mimics standard calculus. We examine constraints that link
standard and non-commutative calculus and show how asking for these
constraints to be satisfied leads to some possibly new physics.

#### See also

https://www.math.ist.utl.pt/seminars/qci/index.php.en?action=show&id=3243

Note also another seminar session by the same speaker on Friday 30th November