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Elegant Universe - 8

A massive Adinkra demonstrates the complexity many supersymmetry equation sets can reach. Now that Gates and his team have figured out how to represent equations visually with complete fidelity, they're working on what Gates calls the "Reality DNA Project," and says it's a bit like the Human Genome Project. In the same way the Human Genome Project mapped our genome, if the supersymmetry theory is correct, Adinkra pictures could essentially provide us with the "genes for reality," giving us a map to the universe.


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The graphical images of Adinkras were discovered by the interdisciplinary research effort of C.F. Doran, M.G. Faux, S.J. Gates, Jr., T Hubsch, K.M. Iga, G.D. Landweber, and R.L. Miller. This research was supported in part by the endowment of the John S. Toll Professorship, the University of Maryland Center for String & Particle Theory, the University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, National Science Foundation Grant PHY-0354404, and Department of Energy Grant DE-FG02-94ER-40854. Adinkras were drawn with the aid of the Adinkramat (c) 2008 by G. Landweber.


Added Note:

A popular-level discussion of Adinkras and how they appear in string theory can be found in Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality (c) 2006 by The Teaching Company.

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Taken on August 25, 2008