This site proffers the posthumously assembled work of George Stephen Karatheodoris (10/03/1974–9/22/2012), theoretical physicist interested in generalized gauge gravity and quantization. Strongly committed to the idea that what best furthers the field of theoretical physics is the open sharing of insights and interests among colleagues, this site shares his work as he would have wanted.
George Karatheodoris’ work on the quantum gravity problem resulted in a novel approach to quantum gravity and its quantization. The excerpt below from an exegesis written in April 2012 to Roger Penrose is an introduction to his ideas.
“The approach I am taking to the quantum gravity problem is somewhat conservative in that it appears to adhere to the quantum theory, but as you will see it does introduce novel elements (even as regard quantum theory) that should have significant effects. Basically, I feel that the approaches to “gauge gravity”, come in two forms: 1) the results from string theory that show that gravitational behavior of a kind is implicit in Yang-Mills theory provided that it is radically reinterpreted and provided that the rules for calculating observables are given by formulae proposed by Witten et. al. 2) results on the level of the classical action pioneered by Utiyama in the 1950’s and carried through by many authors. The second approach is an attempt to understand gravity as a traditional gauge theory with the gauge group being something like the Poincare group–it is not accompanied by the non-local interpretation used in the stringy approach. It is the second approach I am working in, but I disagree with much of the literature on it…” Text continues here: About the Work
- About the Work: consists of George Karatheodoris’ letters, explanatory notes, conclusions of research.
- The Notebooks: Carefully dated and handwritten, they contain his research and insights on the problem of gauge gravity and quantization. Each notebook required a link to its own page in order to preface a helpful list of author commentary and page numbers.
- The Articles: In the article ‘Gravity on a Lie Algebroid Structure,’ uncompleted, George proposes his new framework for a generalized gauge gravity and quantization. George referred to the research for ‘Gravity on a Lie algebroid structure’ in About the Work. The article’s incompleteness requires reference to the notebooks.
- Philosophical Notes and Biographical Notes are still under construction.
In academia George was committed to open sharing of ideas and resisted the requirement to ‘publish or perish.’ In correspondence with Professor Emeritus Lou Clavelli dated 9/27/2011 he explained his resistance:
“The fact is I think of doing physics as a holy activity, and therefore I take meaningless structural constraints like “publish 5 papers a year” (Riemann published that many in his life and I’m not nearly as smart) the same way someone might take a decree to “pray to Jesus 5 times a day.” If, on the other hand, you are a religious fanatic, you have a real relationship with Jesus, and your inner struggles in that relationship determine things like what you say when you pray.
I am a religious fanatic. My religion includes: truth, philosophical discourse, honesty, social responsibility, and trying to understand the universe. For example, I can’t write a paper with a section that is present in order to obscure mistakes in other parts of the work. For me these are decisions of moral import and have to be made correctly irrespective of the consequences.”
The dual consequence of his principled resistance to ‘publish or perish’ coupled with his untimely death, prompted the creation of this website for his work.
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