E8 & Asynsis: Elementary, (Exceptionally) Simple, Beautiful
I’m very honoured and grateful to have just visited the Pacific Science Institute in Maui, Hawaii and to hear from theoretical physicist and avid adventure sports avatar, Garrett Lisi that Asynsis geometries are also a key “elementary” signature fundamental to the Exceptional Lie groups behind his E8 Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything – an alternative (and still evolving), unified field theory to String and Membrane theory. As Einstein said to Le Corbusier on the Asynsis geometry Modular: “…it makes a difficult job easier.”
So are we on the “Dao of Design: Form follows Flow” path to Einstein’s “…Simple and Beautiful” principle of the universe?
Connection: describing elementary particles in space time by rotations of E8 over space time
Curvature: the way the connection changes over space time
Action: the magnitude of the connections integrated or averaged over space time
Possibility: the quantum probability of any connection configuration of particles in space time
Classical: all possible combinations weighted by the complex action, averaging all probabilities so at large scales irreversibility settles on a classical path for entropy production, universality and emergent complexity via the principle of least action.
To speculate (solely on my part), these quantum gravitational E8 geometries, derived from icosahedral dual dodecahedral Platonic polyhedra, may yield (via closely related Penrose tessellation geometries, via multi-scale resonances), dynamical systems Universality phenomena in Classical physics – to allow for the evolution of complexity most optimally, for the least energy-time cost.
In other words, for emergence to be synergised, most simply, beautifully and easily.
So here’s how we’re raising Simple, Beautiful & Green design awareness and action in the Asia-Pacific, with our Dao of Design ToE: the Asynsis principle – where Greek Beauty meets Chinese Auspiciousness – as shared on TED at TEDxWanChai, with RIBA Hong Kong & as invited by UKTI GREAT Festival of Creativity.
Latest urbanism implementation via the Hong Kong EcoLivable City Initiative.