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In Search of the Ultimate Building Blocks by Gerard 't Hooft

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28 Dominance of the rule of the smallest

Maybe the smallest structures in space-time should be pictured as ‘superstrings’, or perhaps they are pieces of cotton wool tied together as is advocated by Ashtekar and his followers. Maybe you tend to believe, as I do, that the dominant structures at the smallest possible scale are microscopic black holes. Each time, one conclusion seems to be inevitable: the amount of information one can store inside a tiny piece of space appears to be limited. Now, anyone who has worked with computers knows that information can be represented by series of zeros and ones. If an ‘interaction’ takes place, the zeros and ones are replaced by other zeros and ones.

Does this mean that the world we live in is nothing but ...

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