Supersymmetric world from a conservative viewpoint
Friday, August 19, 2005
Incan string theory
Some people complain that string theory is an invention of the Western civilization and it does not apply elsewhere. We're happy to inform you that according to the newest computer analysis, string theory was developed in the Andean empire roughly 1500 A.D:
It seems likely that the local bureaucrats were actually using some version of level-truncated string field theory with different levels computed by different officers:
"Local accountants would forward information on accomplished tasks upward through the hierarchy, with information at each successive level representing the summation of accounts from the levels below," Urton says.
New Scientist does not explain whether some non-perturbative effects were known to the Inca bean counters.