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Thursday, July 09, 2009

A New Archive

Phil Gibbs is developing a new archive, vixra.org, now ready to take your submissions! Please note the handy link on the left sidebar.

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second paragraph of 'Why viXra' - typo careers.

July 09, 2009 8:10 PM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

thanks, got typo, will update shortly

July 09, 2009 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More typos in the fourth paragraph of the same page.

July 09, 2009 8:28 PM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

They should be fixed now but I will check everything more carefully once I have finished putting the first paper up.

July 09, 2009 8:37 PM  
Blogger Matti Pitkanen said...

Looks a nice idea. My own primary interest would be archive storage for 7 books about TGD and 8 books about its applications to quantum biology and consciousness. Is there intention to include also biology and even consciousness theorizing?


I have used table of contents files for books, where one can click to appropriate chapter of book. This would require the loading both the toc file and chapters as pdf files. Possible?

July 09, 2009 10:13 PM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

Matti, your work would be very suitable for viXra.org and I would be keen to see it submitted. I am open to suggestions for new categories so long as they are generic enough.

If the books dont fit into the existing science categories on viXra such as quantum physics or quantum gravity, we could add a "Quantitative Biology" category.

Many people consider conciousness to be a valid subject for scientific study. Such work might fit a biology section, perhaps you would think of it more as Philiosophy of Physics? You know your work best so please make suggestions.

I am keen to avoid having crosslisting like on arXiv.org because some people just crosslist everywhere and the concept becomes useless. Your books probably cover a wide range of subjects but I think it is best to choose one main category for each one.

Can you get the table of contents and all chapters into one PDF for each book? What would be the file size in that case? I could add file compression to viXra to reduce the bandwidth if necessary. It does require some work to make it work properly though. An easier solution would be a zip file for each book with mutliple pdf files inside. I can easily accomodate that since everything is manual at this stage.

In any case we should discuss the technicalities offline. You can use the e-mail address in the contact section on viXra.

July 09, 2009 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Tony Smith said...

Matti and Phil,
I tried to download the entire TGD web material
from tgd.wippiespace.com
and
to covert it all to one pdf file using Adobe Acrobat.
Although my DSL connection broke down before the download was completed, I evidently did get a lot of the material into one pdf file,
which is about 83 MB in size
with about 15,009 pages.

I hope that is useful in giving you some idea about file size etc.

As I start using the pdf file, I find it to be conveniently self-contained (no need for internet connection to see it all) and that the links seem to work fine. So far I have not noticed what material might be missing, so maybe I got most of the 7 TGD books and 8 Biology books,
as well as some supplemental stuff like DNA as quantum computer.

For comparison, if I recall correctly, the arXiv had size limits that precluded things that large, although they did permit some web books with a few hundred pages and a few MB in size.

Another comparison might be to my web site,
which in pdf form has about 8,876 pages and
is about 170 MB.
(I guess that Matti, being a decade younger than I, has more energy and writes more pages, with the larger file size on my site primarily being due to the fact that I tend to use more images and less compact LaTeX material.)

Both Matti and I have books of more conventional length, Matti's being a paper book for sale on Amazon, around 800 pages, and mine being a free pdf web e-book, around 500 pages.

It is also interesting that Matti and I have physics models with some ideas in common:

we both have spacetime as 8-dim M4 x CP2

we both have AQFT based on infinite tensor products of Cl(8), using 8-periodicity of real Clifford algebras to construct a hyperfinite II1 von Neumann factor.

The differences are more in details:

I tend to concentrate on details of classical Lagrangian structure underlying the AQFT,
which classical geometrical structure may not be (as Matti might say) fundamentally quantum, but even so allows calculation of force strengths, particle masses, etc that can be compared with experiment,
while
Matti concentrates on p-adic structures that seem to show how the path integral components of the AQFT fit together (my apologies for any errors in what I say here, because this is where Matti knows a lot more than I do).

Also, we both work on quantum consciousness.

Tony Smith

PS - Kea, my apologies if this is off-topic, and feel free to delete it if it seems to be off-topic.

July 10, 2009 11:17 AM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

Tony, thanks for looking into it. Perhaps 83MB would take too long for some people to download, but I wont set any size limits. I think the best would be either one file per book or possibly two files, one for TGD and one for the quantum biology.

Some good news is that viXra now has three e-prints and only two of them are mine :)

July 11, 2009 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Tony Smith said...

I revised my Adobe Acrobat settings for "create pdf from web page" from 8 levels down to 4 levels,
and
got a pdf file for all of the TGD web site that was a bit smaller (but still large):
11,994 pages and about 68 MB.

The extra pages in the 8-level download may have been due to duplication of some pages.

Tony Smith

July 11, 2009 1:18 AM  
Blogger Matti Pitkanen said...

Dear Phil and Tony,


thanks a lot for Tony seeing the trouble. This gives already a good estimate about the average computer memory needed per book: something like 4 Mb.


Biology/ Theoretical Biology/ Quantitative biology/ Quantum biology...? It would be good to have sufficiently general title of the topic allowing later a division into subtopics.

Concerning consciousness I would suggest "Quantum theories of consciousness" or maybe "Physics based theories of consciousness" which have become quite respectable topic during last years.

I think that one book and one pdf file plus table of contents in pdf is the best option. Maximal flexibility would favor zipping toc and pdf files of chapters to single file. Page numbering would be separate for each chapter.


I will send the comments concerning the practical side to the email address at viXra site.

Unfortunately I was unable to find Tony's email address.

July 11, 2009 3:21 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

I like the idea of 'Quantum Biology' - at the same level as 'Mathematics', 'Physics', ...

July 11, 2009 4:31 AM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

I'd like to keep the categories as broad as possible because if we start introducing specific ones at this stage there would be too much proliferation with too few entries in each category.

I'm thinking of "Biology / Mind Science" as the category which would include anything about conciousness. That would cover conventional approaches to mind science such as neuroscience and psychology as well as newer physics based ideas.

"Biology / Quantum Biology" is a possibility but Quantum Biology is quite a specialised area. Wikipedia has quantum biology as a subdiscipline of biophysics so perhaps "Biology / Biophysics" would be better.

July 11, 2009 5:34 AM  
Blogger Matti Pitkanen said...

Dear Phil,

yes, keeping titles as general as possible is the manner to avoid future problems.

July 11, 2009 2:49 PM  
Anonymous PhilG said...

PhysicsWorld have done an interesting short news article on the new archive.

July 16, 2009 9:40 AM  
Blogger Kea said...

Carl and I have submitted the paper on mixing matrices.

July 17, 2009 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for New Archive!
Yuri Danoyan
My blog in russian
http://elementy.ru/blogs/users/riverton/

July 21, 2009 7:05 AM  

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