Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Octonions

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Recorded: 10/20/2018 Released: 12/23/2018

Randy tells Jim about the octonions, a cousin to the complex numbers in eight dimensions that Cohl Furey has made some headlines with by categorizing elementary particles with them. By looking at, basically, stable sets in the octonions, she has found representations that act like the elementary particles, and found ways to characterize some of their parameters, e.g., the charge, with them.


1. The papers we read for this program:

2. Related Papers:

3. Related Episodes of Physics Frontiers:

4. Books mentioned in this podcast:

5. John Baez' webpage for all things octonion.

6. Cohl Furey's video series on the octonions and the standard model.

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  1. I am really looking forward to the next podcasts!

  2. Thanks, Linda!

    I just put up a brief update on Patreon. In a nutshell: I have a big event this weekend that has been eating my time for awhile and I'll get to editing a podcast after that.

    When we can record new ones is a different matter. Randy's in an unstable situation right now, but has expressed a wish to fill up the kitty as soon as things get straightened out.

  3. Im so glad I came across your podcast series! Looking forward to watching all of them! Sending love from Pakistan!