This paper starts with a personal memoir of how some significant
ideas arose and events took place during the period from
1972, when I first encountered Ted Bastin, to 1979,
when I proposed the foundation of ANPA. I then discuss
program universe, the fine structure paper and its rejection,
the quantitative results up to ANPA 17 and take a new look at the
handy-dandy formula.
Following this historical material is a first pass at establishing
new foundations for bit-string physics.
An abstract model for a laboratory notebook
and an historical record are developed, culminating in the
bit-string representation. I set up a tic-toc laboratory
with two synchronized clocks and show how this can be used
to analyze arbitrary incoming data. This allows me to
discuss (briefly) finite and discrete Lorentz transformations,
commutation relations, and scattering theory.
Earlier work on conservation laws in 3- and 4- events and the
free space Dirac and Maxwell equations is cited.
The paper concludes with a discussion of the quantum gravity problem
from our point of view and speculations about how a bit-string theory
of strong, electromagnetic, weak and gravitational unification
could take shape.