## PierGianLuca Porta Mana

I'm just a guy who's a natural philosopher for fun.

**Orcid: 0000-0002-6070-0784**

**Open Science Framework:
DOI:10.17605/OSF.IO/ETFQG**

**arXiv: PierGianLuca Porta Mana's articles on
arXiv**

**Googlol scholar: PierGianLuca Porta Mana**

**Presently at:**

Forschungszentrum Jülich

DE-52425 Jülich

Germany

**Fax:** +49-(0)246161-8035

**Email:** lucaZZ@magnaspesmeretrix.org
(**note:** remove *ZZ*, for anti-spam purposes).

Previous
page at the University of Oxford

Previous
page at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

**Personal
page** (an exercise in self-indulgence).

**Current research:** I am interested in fundamental physics - see
image at the bottom. In other words I'm interested in *statistical
general-relativistic continuum electromagneto-thermo-mechanics*, in all
its physical, probabilistic, logical, mathematical, computational, philosophical, historical aspects. For
example:

- probability theory and formal logic,
- continuum thermomechanics,
- statistical mechanics,
- affine, convex, differential, & Riemannian geometry,
- general relativity,
- quantum theory: foundations, state estimation, field theory, statistical
mechanics,
- quantization of Julio Iglesias,
- neuroscience,
- exterior & de Rham calculus and Grassmann-Cayley algebras,
- high-dimensional numerical integration and Monte Carlo
methods,
- generalized finite elements and Whitney forms,
- philosophy and history of science.

(On the right: a picture of the present situation in quantum theory.)

**CVRRICVLVMVITAE and publication
& seminar list**.

The works I authored and co-authored can be found for free in the
Open Science Framework and on arXiv. Why?:

Some works difficult to retrieve online are available here:

P.G.L. Porta Mana, L. Zanna: *Toward a stochastic parametrization of
ocean mesoscale eddies*
(2014), in Ocean Modelling; available as a pdf file.

P.G.L. Porta Mana: *Studies in plausibility theory, with applications to physics*
(2007), PhD thesis. Available as
a pdf file.

P.G.L. Mana, G. Björk: *Uncertainty, information, and
entropy: comparison of two definitions*, invited talk at the
*Ninth International Conference on Squeezed States and Uncertainty
Relations* ICSSUR' 2005, Besançon, France (2005). Slides
available as a pdf file and as
a pps presentation file.

P.G.L. Porta Mana: *Asymptotic symmetries of anti-de Sitter space in
two and three dimensions* (2000), Università di
Cagliari, Italy. Available as
a pdf file.

Other notes, reports, and drafts are available upon request.

**On `fundamental' physics:** (click on the image for
double size)

Reprinted and rearranged from pp. 24-25 of Truesdell's *An Idiot's Fugitive
Essays on Science* (Springer 1984).