A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research
February 1, 2017,
4:15pm to 5:30pm

MBG Auditorium, PPPL (284 cap.)

COLLOQUIUM: Are You Living In A Simulation?

Dr. Silas Beane
University of Washington Seattle

Recently Nick Bostrom has argued that unless we are living in a simulation, our descendants will almost certainly never run an ancestor simulation. While present-day simulations of the laws of nature are rather primitive, the constraint of finite computational resources implies calculable deviations of observables from naive expectations. Using present-day lattice quantum chromodynamics simulations as a guide, I will consider various physical quantities, including the distribution of the highest-energy cosmic rays, and the magnetic moment of the muon. Precision measurements of these observables could reveal an underlying discretization of spacetime, consistent with a numerical simulation.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2019-2020 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin, caustin@pppl.gov
Marc-Andre DeLooz, mdelooz@pppl.gov
Erik Gilson, egilson@pppl.gov
Jessica Ilagan, jilagan@pppl.gov
Igor Kaganovich, ikaganov@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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