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Good People, Until hearing Dr. Gates' closing story about Music and Scoring compared with Mathematics and Computing, one enormously significant factoid always stood in my way--blocking any reasonable and earnest access to string theory. "How can you NOT prove anything you want to prove when you resort to sets of partial differential equations with eleven variables?" is the mantra in my head for several years now. Perhaps Dr. Gates' story offers the prospect of approaching the "difficult" relationships in modern physics by somehow seeking to see the rain forest a little more coherently--and concisely (and elegantly)?
THANKS for engaging my imagination. - Ralph Palasek, Arlington, Virginia