Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake in 1500 for promoting the Copernican idea
that the Earth moves round the sun. He believed some stars have planets with life
on them. Bruno said to the Inquisition on his sentence of death 'You have failed'.
This site introduces many innovations in mathematics and physics. Has support for
research improved since 1500?
I invited students of mathematics for a discussion and signing of free copies of an
extract of the book Number, Space and Logic.
The previous venue that day at the Meeting House of the University of Sussex was
prevented by the department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
New thinking in this research needs informed debate. Authoritarian command and
control responses are inappropriate for an academic institution.
Philip Harris, Head of School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences writes:
When we last spoke, I told you that I had no objection to your coming into MPS if you
wanted, for example, to listen to a maths lecture; but I made it clear that you were under
no circumstances to talk to or interfere with our students in any way. It has come to my
attention that this morning you violated these terms in a significant way.
It is with very great regret therefore that I must ask you not to visit MPS or its vicinity Security are being informed, and I have passed on your details.
again. This is private land, and your presence here in future will be regarded as trespass.
My response: My friend Philip imposes control using fascist politics. But we need to progress
beyond blind authority to rediscover the principles on which a University should be based.
The innovations I have introduced, based on long and intensive research, are accessible and
interesting to students. Maybe Philip believes this is a school for the replication of doctrines.
Authoritarian systems which prevent thinking do not produce innovation. MPS is unable to
respond to these ideas except by preventing their communication.
Philip is mistaken if he is saying that I agreed not to speak to students - I believe in open
dialogue, and I am interested in mathematics research and teaching. For me, the universal
truth has no boundaries, and to harm others is to defeat myself within it.
The education we seek to find this truth is not a dispensation. It is a shared quest.