A natural alternative is faith in a “fairness principle", here proposed as a modern version of a principle first formulated by Kepler, which would imply that our journey of discovery of more and more things will not end or saturate.
Born in Napoli, Italia; Undergraduate studies: univ of Napoli; Ph D studies: Boston University; postdocs: MIT, Oxford, Neuchatel, CERN; presently: tenured researcher at the Univ "La Sapienza" in Roma, Italy; FQXi member (selected for a Large Grant in august 2008) What can we know about the universe?
The special theory of relativity took the existence of a speed limit as a principle, the light postulate, which has proven to be enormously predictive.
Here we discuss some of its twists and turns when general relativity and quantum mechanics come into play.
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We investigate the technical problems of using them to make power plants and starships. Next, we consider what challenges the ABH proposal would pose for a future quantum theory of gravity.
The form of a theory which would allow us to compute the necessary corrections to classical theory is considered.
As such, even if articulation is not at the root of the problem, paying it special heed as we probe the explanatory limits of physics is imperative.
This is especially true if we want physics to possess as logical and consistent a framework as possible.