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Comet ISON Passage

Solar activity spikes as Comet ISON approaches perihelion and continues as the comet’s remnant exits the NASA/ESA SOHO LASCO C3 viewing area. Solar volatility included some robust X-ray flares and coronal mass ejections, all of which serve to distinguish the comet’s perihelion window from the much calmer period that immediately precedes it.

 
 
 
 

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In 10 Words, or Less… space-time

the multiplicative inverse relationship
between
spatial context and temporal continuity

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Romancing the Sphere

Some may find this unique table helpful in understanding spheres.

Beyond the purely mathematic, this fully symmetrical regime may also find application in physics, sociology, ontology and economics.

Note: Using the diametric mode for calculations (mentally or on paper) can be quicker than employing the formal (radial) convention, especially when working with hyper-dimensional domains, exponential growth scenarios, or when one is in need of an easier way to factor between domains of differing dimensionality.

Diametric dimensionality

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Notes:

All versions since 2004 have reflected the much needed repair of the broken symmetry found in the 0-sphere definition under the prevailing n-sphere generalisation.

If you prefer the formal mode for transforms between exterior and interior space, simply use •r/d instead of •D/2d.

If you’re a student, check with your professor before applying these principles in your work. If you are the professor, just use your best judgement …and maybe get a second faculty opinion. 😉

Jan. 19, 2011 – Image updated from 2004 version to new 2011 version.

Jan. 22, 2011 – Minor aesthetic changes; image updated.

Jan. 23, 2011 – Diametric ext values adjusted by -1; image updated.

Oct. 26, 2011 – Minor text/aesthetic changes; explicatory notes added.

Dec. 28, 2011 – Declared dimensions as a single-character variable (d);
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Jan. 10, 2012 – Image updated.

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How to Understand Everything

In the example of the atom, one must stop knowing that one is stationed on the outside, looking in, and start imagining that one is on the inside, looking out.

In the example of the universe, flip that.

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What is Gravity made of ?

I saw an interesting question on the Big Question blog tonight:

Q: What is gravity made out of?

A: Gravity is made of mass. No mass. No gravity.

Mass has a natural affinity for mass. The attraction works in much
the same way that tiny bubbles in a liquid (the medium) tend to merge
into larger bubbles — with the difference being that the medium of
gravity is the vacuum that exists in both the atomic centre and in all
intervening distances between elemental masses, which, to an atom,
are indistinguishable from the vacuum of space. The concentric layers
of the atomic structure maintain a state of separation between the
internal and external vacuums creating an interactive ‘anti-medium’
which facilitates and exposes the observed ‘attractive’ mass effect.

In a somewhat wry, McLuhan-esque way: The medium is the massage.
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Why the LHC won’t help us find the “god particle”

pr_06The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, was designed to create the same sort of high energy conditions that were present during the so-called “Big Bang”. Among the mysteries that Team LHC hopes to unravel: Revealing the nature of the theoretical substances known as “Dark Energy” and  “Dark Matter”; confirming the existence of the Higgs Boson (or “god particle”) as predicted by the Standard Model of quantum mechanics; and determining which, if any, of the current Grand Unification Theories is correct.

With respect to the Higgs Boson (the quantum particle thought to be responsible for giving atoms their mass) as well as with much respect to Dr. Higgs, I have a problem with the concept of a quantum “god particle”. My objection has little to do with the sacrilege of the name (offered by Leon Lederman in his 1993 popular science book), but rather the notion that one particular subatomic component can be responsible for all the mass of the unity to which it belongs.

There are two absolute states of unity in the universe: the atom (chiefly represented by hydrogen) which will endure indefinitely if sequestered from the transformative traumas of fission and fusion; and the universe itself (which has reportedly been around for a very, very long time). In between these absolutes exist myriad aggregations of matter displaying varying degrees of unity, mass, homogeneity and permanence: from planets, comets, stars and galaxies, to the seeming singularity of “black holes” — but each of these is simply echoic of our atomic and universal archetypes.

From everything I’ve read (never having had the pleasure of meeting the man) Peter Higgs seems to be a learned, conscientious physicist and a bona fide gentleman. This does not, however, vaccinate him against ever having a bad idea.

So, it has to be said:   The mass of the atom comes from the functional structure of the atom itself, not from a theoretical subatomic particle. Simply put, the atom is the “god particle” — and so is the Universe.



Keep up to date on LHC activities at CERN.

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On Gravity

 

Gravity is a non-waveform phenomenon.


Light responds to gravity at the speed of light.


Gravity is atemporal but its effects cascade through time.

 

— from Steinman’s “Attributes of G”

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