This book is a Festschrift for the 90th birthday of the physicist Pierre Noyes. The book is a representative selection of papers on the topics that have been central to the meetings over the last three decades of ANPA, the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association. ANPA was founded by Pierre Noyes and his colleagues the philosopher-linguist-physicist Frederick Parker-Rhodes, the physicist Ted Bastin, and the mathematicians Clive Kilmister, John Amson.Many of the topics in the book center on the combinatorial hierarchy discovered by the originators of ANPA. Other topics explore geometrical, cosmological and biological aspects of those ideas, and foundational aspects related to discrete physics and emergent quantum mechanics.The book will be useful to readers interested in fundamental physics, and particularly to readers looking for new and important viewpoints in Science that contain the seeds of futurity.
Unital Homogeneous Polynomial Operators on Hilbert Space (John C Amson); Towards a Generalised Combinatorial Hierarchy (Keith G Bowden); Quantum Cosmology and Special Mersenne Primes (Geoffrey F Chew); BiEntropy - the Measurement and Algebras of Order and Disorder in Finite Binary Strings (Grenville J Croll); Constraints Theory Brief (Anthony M Deakin); An Elegance First Approach to looking for the Universe in Finite Geometry (Herb Doughty); Boolean Geometry and Non-boolean Change (Thomas Etter); Speculation on Consciousness as Relative Existence (Louis Gidney); A Management View of ANPA (East) 1979 to 2012 (Michael Horner); Critical Stability of Few-Body Systems (V A Karmanov and J Carbonell); Non-Commutative Worlds and Classical Constraints (Louis H Kauffman); Report on ANPA to the ANPA Advisory Board, 2008 (Clive W Kilmister); Reflections on Fundamentals and Foundations of Physics (James Lindesay); Ordering Operators (David McGoveran); Information, Entropy, and the Combinatorial Hierarchy: Calculations (Michael Manthey and Douglas Matzke); Spacetime, Dirac and Bit-Strings (G N Ord); Fractal Large-Scale Structure in the Universe (D F Roscoe); A Dual Space as the Basis of Quantum Mechanics and Other Aspects of Physics (Peter Rowlands); Discrete Motion and the Emergence of Space and Time (Richard Shoup); Expanding - Contracting Universes (Irving Stein); Development of a New Approach to Systems Biology and Therapy Design (Fredric S Young).