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Before I read quant-ph/9806009,

To Enjoy the Morning Flower inthe Evening -

What does the Appearance ofInfinity in Physics Imply?

by Guang-jiong Ni of the Department of Physics, Fudan University,Shanghai 200433, P. R. China, and the related paper hep-ph/9801264by Guang-jiong Ni, Sen-yue Lou, Wen-fa Lu, and Ji-feng Yang,

I did not correctly understand the Higgsmechanism. Therefore, in my earlier papers I had wrongly statedthat the D4-D5-E6 model gives a Higgs scalar mass of about 260 GeVand a Higgs scalar field vacuum expectation value of about 732 GeV.I now see that my earlier values were wrong, and that the correctvalues under the D4-D5-E6 model are a Higgs scalar mass of about 146GeV and a Higgs scalar field vacuum expectation value of about 252GeV. The fault was not with the D4-D5-E6 model itself, but withmy incorrect understanding of it with respect to the Higgsmechanism.

My paperhep-ph/9512438, on the Rb and Rc Crises, should be disregardedbecause the experimental results on which it was based have beensuperseded. Here is a brief discussion of thematter.

In ALL PAPERS, I have considered the Standard Model gauge group tobe G=SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1), and have not considered the distinctionbetween it and the quotients U(3)xSU(2)=G/Z3 , SU(3)xU(2)=G/Z2, andS(U(3)xU(2))=G/Z5.

Similarly, I have not considered the distinction between groupsSU(3)xU(1) and U(3)=(SU(3)xU(1))/Z3 or

SU(2)xU(1) and U(2)=(SU(2)xU(1))/Z2 or

SU(4)xU(1) and U(4)=(SU(4)xU(1))/Z4.

For the purpose of studying color, weak, and electromagnetic gaugebosons as Lie algebra infinitesimal generators, my errors shouldprobably have no serious consequences.

Similarly, for the purpose of studying conformal gravity of SU(4)= Spin(6) or SU(2,2) = Spin(2,4), and its relationship to the Higgsmechanism, my errors should probably have no seriousconsequences.

What I probably should have done in all cases is to use thesmallest group (which roughly amounts to specifying which of thediagonal elements of the SU(n) corresponds to the U(1)). For details,see Group Structure of Gauge Theories, by L. O'Raifeartaigh,Cambridge (1986).

The coset spaces used in calculating the force strength constantsshould remain the same, as each of the forces considered alone wouldbe represented by Spin(5), SU(3), SU(2), or U(1), respectively. Inother words, the discrete groups Zn would not change the geometricstructures used to calculate the force strength constants.

In hep-ph/9501252- Gravity and the Standard Model with 130 GeV Truth Quark fromD4-D5-E6 Model using 3x3 Octonion Matrices, and in earlierpapers, I have not made a proper distinction between the4-dimensional associative spacetime and the 4-dimensionalcoassociative internal symmetry space that come from the originalnonassociative octonionic 8-dimensional spacetime.

The two 4-dimensional spaces both have quaternionic structure, soit was easy to fail to make the proper distinction. It is also easyto correct the error, by just reading "internal symmetry space"instead of "spacetime" every time context shows it should bedone.

The most important place in which this confusion occurs is indiscussion of how gauge bosons "see" "spacetime" (should be "internalsymmetry space") when determining the volumes of compact symmetricspaces to be used in calculating force strength constants.

In hep-ph/9501252- Gravity and the Standard Model with 130 GeV Truth Quark fromD4-D5-E6 Model using 3x3 Octonion Matrices, on page 99,


In hep-th/9403007- Higgs and Fermions in D4-D5-E6 Model based on Cl(0,8) CliffordAlgebra, on page 14,

I wrote v = 517.798 GeV

instead of v / sqrt(2) = 517.977 GeV.

Elsewhere in these papers (p. 89 and p. 8, respectively) I hadcalculated that v = 732.53 GeV.

hep-th/9402003- SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1), Higgs, and Gravity from Spin(0,8) CliffordAlgebra CL(0,8):

hep-th/9302030- Hermitian Jordan Triple Systems, the Standard Model plus Gravity,and aE = 1/137.03608:


The Southern Song Chinese mathematician Yang Hui (1261 AD) isgiven credit in my home page for discovering the Binomial Triangleknown to Europeans as Pascal's Triangle. However, I have now (20 Jun94) seen references to earlier discovery of the BinomialTriangle:


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