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**INFINITE DESCENT**

**BY Edward R. Close, PhD, PE, DSPE**

**INTRODUCTION**

The purpose of this discussion is to explain why the
method of infinite descent, first articulated in modern times by the French
Mathematician Pierre de Fermat, is so important to the paradigmatic shift from the
simple materialism of the current scientific paradigm to TDVP, the Close-Neppe
model of reality incorporating the organizing action of consciousness into the
laws of physics. Application of the method of infinite descent to the
mathematics of quantum physics has been largely overlooked and/or ignored by
mainstream scientists because of the failure to recognize that ‘the calculus’
of Newton and Leibniz, while wonderfully efficient at solving problems on the
macro-scale, does not apply at the quantum scale. Integral and differential
calculus, called ‘the calculus’ for more than 300 years, has blinded
mathematicians and physicists to the fact that it is just one of several possible
calculi, and is not well suited to the quantum realm where the substance of
reality is quantized.

Newton’s calculus depends upon variables that can be infinitesimally
small, that is, they can approach zero. In the quantized world of particle
physics, real variables cannot approach zero. Smaller and smaller values have a
limit, that is to say they can only approach a finite limit: the smallest
quantum. Another way of saying this is that there is a ‘bottom’ to their
infinite descent. The power of the
method of infinite descent lies in application to finite, quantized reality.

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