Sunday, August 23, 2009

An ancient Anomaly recapitulates even One who can see Time magic.

Anciently, there existed a set of cosmic insights known as the Numismati. Over centuries of translating, revising, and interpreting, they lost all meaning. In modern times, a convoluted process of randomly cutting and pasting bits of the Story, footnotes and ToneOats produced, by amazing coincidence, the long-forgotten Numismati.

“By this art we may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters...”
The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is: With all the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, and Several Cures of it. In Three Maine Partitions with their several Sections, Members, and Subsections. Philosophically, Historically, Opened and Cut up. by Robert Burton (1621); part 2, sect. II, mem. IV

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Unified field theory

In physics, a unified field theory is a type of field theory that allows all of the fundamental forces between elementary particles to be written in terms of a single field. There is no accepted unified field theory yet, and this remains an open line of research. The term was coined by Albert Einstein who attempted to unify the general theory of relativity with electromagnetism. A Theory of Everything is closely related to unified field theory, but differs by not requiring the basis of nature to be fields, and also attempts to explain all physical constants of nature.

This article describes unified field theory as it is currently understood in connection with quantum theory. Earlier attempts based on classical physics are described in the article on classical unified field theories.

There may be no a priori reason why the correct description of nature has to be a unified field theory; however, this goal has led to a great deal of progress in modern theoretical physics and continues to motivate research. Unified field theory is only one possible approach to unification of physics.

According to the current understanding of physics, forces between objects (e.g. gravitation) are not transmitted directly between the two objects, but instead go through intermediary entities called fields. All four of the known fundamental forces are mediated by fields, which in the Standard Model of particle physics result from exchange of bosons (integral-spin particles). Specifically the four interactions to be unified are (from strongest to weakest):

1. Strong nuclear interaction: the interaction responsible for holding quarks together to form neutrons and protons, and holding neutrons and protons together to form nuclei. The exchange particle that mediates this force is the gluon.

2. Electromagnetic interaction: the familiar interaction that acts on electrically charged particles. The photon is the exchange particle for this force.

3. Weak nuclear interaction: a repulsive short-range interaction responsible for radioactivity, that acts on electrons, neutrinos and quarks. It is governed by the W and Z bosons.

4. Gravitational interaction: a long-range attractive interaction that acts on all particles with mass. The postulated exchange particle has been named the graviton.

Modern unified field theory attempts to bring these four force-mediating fields together into a single framework. Quantum theory seems to limit any deterministic theory's descriptive power (in simple terms, no theory can predict events more accurately than allowed by the Planck constant).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Stephen W. Hawking
Our Picture of the Universe

Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory... Each time new experiments are observed to agree with the predictions the theory survives, and our confidence in it is increased; but if ever a new observation is found to disagree, we have to abandon or modify the theory.

Today scientists describe the universe in terms of two basic partial theories - the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics... The general theory of relativity describes the force of gravity and the large-scale structure of the universe, that is, the structure on scales from only a few miles to as large as a million million million million (1 with twenty-four zeros after it) miles, the size of the observable universe. Quantum mechanics, on the other hands, deals with phenomena on extremely small scales, such as a millionth of a millionth of an inch. Unfortunately, however, these two theories are known to be inconsistent with each other - they cannot both be correct.

The discovery of a complete unified theory, therefore, may not aid the survival of our species. It may not even affect our life-style. But ever since the dawn of civilization, people have not been content to see events as unconnected and inexplicable. They have craved an understanding of the underlying order in the world. Today we still yearn to know why we are here and where we came from. Humanity's deepest desire for knowledge is justification enough for our continuing quest. And our goal is nothing less than a complete description of the universe we live in.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

the 2OO9 SPACE Festival

This was a great festival for stories.  Maybe because we had quite a few people this year.  There was a close-encounter tale, an amazing account of attending at over 1000 births, quite a yarn about blowing the whistle on the boys at KBR, a porpoise joke, poignant stories about meeting Janice Joplin, knowing the iconic victim of the Kent State riots, recollections of visiting Ram Dass in New Hampshire, and of course there was our own SPACE story, which we followed as it traveled back to the old commune on Gregory Street... a memorable event we will spin into future stories.

In the beginning (Wednesday) there was One. By Thursday there were eight of us including this year’s Mystery (unexpected) Spacenique. Good music at the campsite.
Fridayday: A hike down to Dark Hollows Falls. Five more Spaceniques arrived in the afternoon. Most all of us went to the campsite for an excellent potluck. Good food, good music, good people.
Friday evening: Another newcomer arrived -- a total of four. Most everyone congregated to swap stories and socially propagate archetypal cosmic eschatology. (According to Pooh “It’s the same thing.”)
Saturndayday: Rain in the morning. Will we be able to hang out in the Meadow? Yes! Here comes the Sun! Warm and sunny. For the first time ever, we read the Story from the Scroll itself.
This year was a bicontinental bicentennial quartertoss -- in addition to all the quarters thrown in the Meadow and across the U.S., one was thrown from Gaborone, Botswana!
MidSummer’s Eve: Most of us ate at the lodge. It took a loong time but we had plenty to talk about to keep ourselves entertained. We couldn’t go up to Blackrock this year because they were trying to protect the falcons. (We really would’ve been nice to the falcons if they’d let us.) We watched the sunset anyhow.
All 15 of us gathered for the TimeScan®. Tracing the Story back to 1973 was spellbinding and the return trip had us all oohing and ahhing.
Sunday and beyond: Some folks left early. Most of us met for breakfast at the lodge. Those of us who stayed had a pleasant day hanging out, eating, watching videos or listening to CDs, chatting and hanging out. Some folks left Sunday evening; others left Monday morning. And then there was One.

Having been some days in preparation, a splendid Time was guaranteed for all.

(Check out some cool photos from this year’s festival on the June 22 entry below.)

Round Metal Objects

What are the 42 Round Metal Object (that are not coins)? Are they all the same or different "round shape"? What type of metal? Are they the same or different types of metal?

What's their purpose? Who made them? Who first found them? Where are they now?

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The story behind the Story

Now it can be told (as soon as we figure it out).
Where exactly is Macias Nguema Biyogo (see photo)? Where is Ma´tan Bishãrah? Poti, Gruzinskaja?
What is a Badonan? What lay beneath the ground on which they were standing? What were the forty-two round metal objects? What was the “strange and nearly forgotten tongue”? Why does Eschatology recapitulate itself?
Check it out. Go to “Questions Asked” on this blog or Vade Mecum on the Space Forum.