The story of Quantum Gravity Research and emergence theory began in 2009 when Klee Irwin, a Los Angeles based scientist and entrepreneur, had an idea for a new quantum gravity theory that brought together hyperdimensional geometry, artificial neural network theory and quasicrystalline code based language theory. But the most unorthodox aspect of the theory was how it dealt with the bizarre correlation between consciousness and physics, known to scientists as the “measurement problem”. Klee brought consciousness into the mathematics as a fundamental element – a sort of choosing entity that acts on the syntactically free parts of the geometric language undergirding the theory. He envisioned a specific substructure of spacetime at the smallest scale. In this view, reality is like a mosaic tiling language of Planck scale, 3-dimensional, tetrahedron-shaped pixels. The geometric language is created by projecting the 8-dimensional E8 lattice to 3D and 4D. E8 can be understood as the kissing points of the densest packing of 8-dimensional spheres. And it unifies all particles and forces other than gravity. 

Armed with this new approach to the sought after unification theory, the “theory of everything”, and with a strong desire to (in Klee’s words) “find out what the hell reality actually is”, he founded Quantum Gravity Research, a non-profit theoretical physics institute based in Los Angeles. The first physicist to join the organization was Fang Fang, who received her PhD in plasma physics from UCLA. They went to work developing Klee’s ideas into rigorous mathematical form. The key was their discovery of a new way to express curvature as rotation – a way to encode the information of the E8 crystal into their mosaic-like patterns of regular tetrahedra in 3D space.

A few of years later, Klee realized emergence theory predicts a poorly understood phenomenon known as cold fusion, low energy nuclear reactions shown to occur in over 1,000 published papers. The institute hired an electrical engineer and chemist to test the new ideas. But rather than just an electrical engineer, they hired Russ Gries, an experimentalist “who can build anything”. Russ, a leader in the open-source clean-energy community, moved his family from Indiana to Los Angeles to work with Klee. Moving to Los Angeles from faraway locales has become a way of life at Quantum Gravity Research. The growing group of scientists began attending international conferences and forming relationships with prominent scientists around the world. The international flavor of the group includes representation from The United States, England, Romania, India, China, France, Brazil, and Columbia.