Speculations on some possible mathematical frameworks for the foundations of certain physical theories
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- Ulam, S. Lett Math Phys (1985) 10: 101. doi:10.1007/BF00398145
This is the transcript of an informal talk, given at Boulder and Salt Lake City at the Rocky Mountain Theoretical Physics Conferences and at the University of New Mexico. It discusses several fundamental ideas, notably combinatorial origin of metric, coupled nonlinear field equations of the Hartree-type, the early history of nonlinear maps and ‘strange attractors’, and finally a possible emerging physical interpretation of the idea of gauge theories. (The manuscript has been edited and completed by A. O. Barut and M. Flato.)
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