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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Biological Theory

The comments at Physics World this month contain a link to the work of Nottale et al, on fractal spacetime with scale relativity. Quoting a recent paper:
[Nottale] has suggested that the observation scale, i.e., the space and time resolution at which a system is observed or experimented, should also be considered as characterizing the state of reference systems. It is an experimental fact known since Greek philosophers that the scale of a system can be defined only in a relative
way: only scale ratios do have a physical meaning, never absolute scales.
To be honest, the mathematics seems rather dull, but the thing to note is that this paper is published:
Ref: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 97 (2008) 79–114


Blogger Kea said...

Now I know where to submit papers!

July 26, 2009 12:09 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Bad girl!

Hey, I can submit to arXiv/gen-ph now. Maybe the pressure from viXar is having an effect, or maybe anyone can load papers there any time (though they only get a paper per day, about).

July 28, 2009 10:59 AM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

One of the editors of that journal seems to share an interest in "Scale Relative Biology" with Nottale so I suppose he would be favourable.

My number one tip for getting published in a journal is to find a convincing way to cite the editors' work. Number two is cite anyone likely to referee and number three is liberally cite other papers in the journal.

Carl, well done for getting submission rights to gen-ph. Does that make you an endorser or are endorsers not really needed after all? I would be surprised if they let anyone publish in gen-ph but maybe I should try again.

July 29, 2009 11:27 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Phil: No, I'm not an endorser. It might be that once you've got one successful paper on gen-ph, you're considered adequate for putting more.

Or is the system that once you get an endorsement for, say, gr-qc and you have a post that doesn't get moderated away on that, then you can keep putting papers up on that subject. And become an endorser after 4 papers or whatever.

July 31, 2009 9:09 AM  

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