This research preprint is written to make you relish modern physics. All of it.
It seems possible to deduce black holes, general relativity and the standard model of elementary particles from one-dimensional strands that fluctuate at the Planck scale. This appears to be possible as long as only switches of skew strand crossings are observable, but not the strands themselves. Woven fluctuating strands behave like horizons and appear to imply black hole entropy, the field equations of general relativity and cosmological observations. Tangled fluctuating strands in flat space appear to imply Dirac's equation. The possible families of unknotted rational tangles appear to reproduce the spectrum of elementary particles. Fluctuating rational tangles also appear to produce the gauge groups U(1), broken SU(2), and SU(3), as well as all Feynman diagrams of the standard model, and to exclude any unknown elementary particle, gauge group and Feynman diagram. Predictions for experiments arise. Calculating the fundamental constants of the standard model is possible. Predictions and calculations allow testing the conjecture. As an example, a crude ab initio estimate of the fine structure constant is deduced.
A more extensive, more fascinating but older presentation on the possible origin of motion and of all colours in nature is given here:
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