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Particles and Waves in Conceptual Time Systems. Karl Erich Wolff Mathematics and Science Faculty University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt Ernst Schröder Center for Conceptual Knowledge Processing Research Group Concept Analysis at Darmstadt University of Technology. Outline.

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particles and waves in conceptual time systems

Particles and Wavesin Conceptual Time Systems

Karl Erich Wolff

Mathematics and Science Faculty

University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

Ernst Schröder Center for Conceptual Knowledge Processing

Research Group Concept Analysis at

Darmstadt University of Technology

outline
Outline
  • Introduction: Problems in Physics
  • Temporal Concept Analysis
  • Examples of Conceptual Time Systems
  • Time Dimension and Branching Life Tracks
  • Object Identification: Conceptual Representation of a Tale
  • Particles and Waves
problems in physics
Problems in Physics
  • Reality – Observation - Theory
  • Formal Representations: Numbers, Scales, and Systems
  • Continuity and Discreteness
  • Granularity, States, and Situations
  • Transitions and Life Tracks
  • Objects, Particles, and Waves
theories of space and time

Theories of Space and Time

  • Aristoteles: continuum, point of time, duration, time as a category
  • Classical Physics: example: x“(t)=a; x(t)=x(0) + v t + ½at²
  • Special and General Theory of Relativity: Space-Time (curved)
  • Quantum Theory: Time-dependent Schrödinger function ψ(t)
  • Automata theory: States, Transitions (without an explicit time description)
  • Mathematical System Theory: State? System?
  • Quantum Gravity: Looking for a theory with an appropriate time description
einstein s granularity remark

Einstein’s Granularity Remark

Albert Einstein:

„Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper“

Annalen der Physik 17 (1905): 891-921

Footnote on page 893:

„Die Ungenauigkeit, welche in dem Begriff der Gleichzeitigkeit zweier Ereignisse an (annähernd) demselben Orte steckt und gleichfalls durch eine Abstraktion überbrückt werden muß, soll hier nicht erörtert werden.“

a general theory for objects in space and time

A General Theory for Objects in Space and Time ...

  • should cover discrete and continuous descriptions
  • needs a theory of granularity
  • needs a suitable notion of ‚system‘ and a notion of ‚states‘ depending on the granularity
  • transitions: time-dependent changes between states
  • objects as subsystems (and not as „atoms“)
  • should construct a temporal logic based on these temporal systems
conceptual time systems with objects
Conceptual Time Systems with Objects

and a Time Relation (CTSOT)

Time part T

Event part C

g

v

w

Object 1

h

i

Object 2

j

Time scales

Event scales

K(C)

derived context

K(T) |

time states

states

object concepts:

situations

stars morning star evening star venus
Stars, Morning Star, Evening Star, Venus

Monday

morning

evening

east

west

stars morning star evening star venus11
Stars, Morning Star, Evening Star, Venus

Tuesday

morning

evening

east

west

morning star evening star
Morning Star Evening Star

morning

evening

Monday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Monday

east

west

venus
Venus

morning

evening

Monday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Monday

east

west

time dimension 1
Time Dimension = 1 ???
  • Using the order dimension we define:
  • The time dimension is the order dimension of the concept lattice of the time part
  • The time scale dimension is the order dimension of the time scale
  • These dimensions may be greater than one!
  • Are life tracks 1-dimensional ?
branching life tracks

Branching Life Tracks?

Unique-State-Lemma:

A conceptual time system is at each time granule in exactly one situation, in exactly one state, and in exactly one time state.

But branching of life tracks is possible!

Example: We send an „abstract letter“ in two copies.

A

B

C

D

rigid body
Rigid Body ?

Translation

Rotation

Reflection

indistinguishable objects
Indistinguishable Objects ?

An observer of a temporal system who describes that system by a

CTSOT has to decide how to choose the objects of the CTSOT.

Like tennis balls they may be indistinguishable with repect

to some parts of the chosen description.

In the following German tale

Der Wettlauf zwischen dem Hasen und dem Igel

(The Race Between the Hare and the Hedgehog)

the hare cannot distinguish the hedgehog and the hedgehog‘s wife.

thank you

Thank you!

www.fbmn.fh-darmstadt.de/home/wolff/index.htm

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