K-State Mathematician Receives Grant to Study Gravity, Black Holes, Possible Future Space Travel

August 11, 2006

A grant from a new virtual institute dedicated to exploring questions about the foundations of physics and the origin of the universe will help a Kansas State University mathematician with his research on gravity, black holes and how the universe was created.

Louis Crane, professor of mathematics at K-State, will use a $135,247 grant from The Foundational Questions Institute to complete an interpretation he helped create of a model for quantum gravity, the BC model.

"I want to find a final theory that unifies the two branches of theoretical physics -- quantum gravity and general relativity -- for a quantum theory of gravity," Crane said. "I hope this will tell us about black holes and where we came from."

Crane said his interpretation would be applied to small black holes to see how their formation, radiation and interaction with matter differs from the semiclassical predictions.

Crane also wants to take his research one more step: to see how it might be used for possible interstellar space travel in the future.

"This information will be used to study the feasibility of using small artificial black holes as sources of energy and as propulsion methods for starships," he said. "Nobody seems to have looked at this. While it is something for far in the future, I'm pleased to get the chance to explore the possibility."

Crane's grant was part of The Foundational Questions Institute's inaugural grant award of $2 million to 30 grant recipients.

Source: Kansas State University

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On The Origin Of Origins

Dark Matter-Energy And %u201CHiggs%u201D?
Energy-Mass Superposition
The Fractal Oneness Of The Universe
All Earth Life Creates and Maintains Genes

A. On Energy, Mass, Gravity, Galaxies Clusters AND Life, A Commonsensible Recapitulation
The universe is the archetype of quantum within classical physics, which is the fractal oneness of the universe.

Astronomically there are two physics. A classical physics behaviour of and between galactic clusters, and a quantum physics behaviour WITHIN the galactic clusters.

The onset of big-bang's inflation, the cataclysmic resolution of the Original Superposition, started gravity, with formation - BY DISPERSION - of galactic clusters that behave as classical Newtonian bodies and continuously reconvert their original pre-inflation masses back to energy, thus fueling the galactic clusters expansion, and with endless quantum-within-classical intertwined evolutions WITHIN the clusters in attempt to delay-resist this reconversion.

B. Updated Life's Manifest May 2009

All Earth life creates and maintains Genes. Genes, genomes, cellular organisms - All create and maintain genes.

For Nature, Earth's biosphere is one of the many ways of temporarily constraining an amount of ENERGY within a galaxy within a galactic cluster, for thus avoiding, as long as possible, spending this particularly constrained amount as part of the fuel that maintains the clusters expansion.

Genes are THE Earth's organisms and ALL other organisms are their temporary take-offs.

For Nature genes are genes are genes. None are more or less important than the others. Genes and their take-offs, all Earth organisms, are temporary energy packages and the more of them there are the more enhanced is the biosphere, Earth's life, Earth's temporary storage of constrained energy. This is the origin, the archetype, of selected modes of survival.

The early genes came into being by solar energy and lived a very long period solely on direct solar energy. Metabolic energy, the indirect exploitation of solar energy, evolved at a much later phase in the evolution of Earth's biosphere.

However, essentially it is indeed so. All Earth life, all organisms, create and maintain the genes. Genes, genomes, cellular organisms - all create and maintain genes.

Dov Henis
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