Wednesday, January 11, 2017
- http://www.quietexpansion.com/ This page of the site: Reflections
- http://bblu.org The Big Board – little universe Project: A simple history
- http://81018.com Our Simple Model: Work to Make an integrated Universe View work
- http://centerperfection.com Center for Perfection Studies: The affiliate to support this effort.
- http://SmallBusinessSchool.org Small Business School: Many pages were posted here, 2012-2015.
Reflections ( In process – still being researched and written!)
Note: Too often too little is known about an author’s hidden and historic agendas. This website, of the five sites defined by this work and listed just above, will begin to share some of the more personal history-and-insights that led to the work described within these websites.
Background: Like so many young people throughout the 1960s, religion had been a problem for me. Even though I grew up in the Methodist (primitive Anglican) and Episcopal (Anglican) Churches, the concept of a “fully man – fully God” required too great a leap of faith. It wasn’t until the summer of my college graduation, 1969, that I began to shape that conundrum in a very different light. Though rejecting the Zen-like insight that we are all gods, still it did seem to me that every human could be “fully finite and fully infinite” at the same time.
I worked on that construct for the next ten years. “It has to do with a moment of perfection. It’s a fragmentary moment, but perfect within our quantum world,” I’d would cautiously pronounce. I began studying anything and everything that I could find about perfection — perfect numbers, perfect forms, perfect matrix, perfect lattice… what is it that makes a moment of perfect?
A Perfect Moment in Space & Time. Living in the Boston area, it was relatively straightforward to find a group, the Center for Philosophy and History of Science, within Boston University’s physics department. Each week throughout the academic calendar they hosted the Boston Colloquium on the Foundations of Science. Their aim was to bring in one of the finest scholars from around the world to discuss one of the great unanswered questions within science. I got to meet, listen and talk with “the greats.” I was a groupie. Within a few months of attending, Robert S. Cohen, the chairman of the department, became my first de facto mentor. On one occasion he invited me to introduce the speaker, a young, but brilliant P. C. W. Davies!
I learned to keep my mouth shut but to ask questions. I knew too little and there was so much to learn.
Still smitten by perfection, eventually a few things became clear to me. The first necessary condition for perfection is order (sequences) and its operating condition was continuity, and it had something to do with time. The next condition was symmetry and it created relations, and it obviously had something to do with space. The next was harmony, two symmetries interacting, sometimes like an octave, creating a truly dynamic moment within time. I wasn’t able to get much further until December 2011.
December 19, 2011, New Orleans: My nephew had invited me to substitute for him on a few occasions. On a Monday, the final day of classes before the Christmas -New Year recess, about 80 high school students and I rather naïvely began to explore a geometric progression that first went down in size to the Planck Length then reversed to go back up all the way to the Observable Universe (most links open a tab or window and go to an in-depth Wikipedia page). Thinking that this simple math was already part of academic work, a two-year search did not find any references to base-2 and the Planck Length. In that time, asking around locally and then globally, many people were puzzled and asked, “Why haven’t we seen a base-2 scale of the universe before now?
Christmas Eve 2016. I began this reflection with Christmas music playing throughout our home. Most of us are aware that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, the son of Mary and Joseph. Most of us have heard tat least some part of the story that included his crucifixion and resurrection. Not many of us know the story of the emergence of the earliest church and the 2000 years that followed. It is a most remarkable story about belief systems and how these systems come to be.
Having grown up as a a bit of a skeptic — at least certainly one who was in search of a better path — I’ll come back to Christmas and religious beliefs throughout this reflection. But first, let me share a bit more of my personal history.
The power of an analogy and metaphor. In 1971-1972 I worked closely with William J.J. Gordon, the author of a little book, Synectics. He had an invention, problem-solving group just off Harvard Square in Cambridge. He had been associated with Harvard’s School of Engineering and held many patents to his credit.
(More to come about metaphor, analogy, homogeneity, isotropy, and our very simple structures and mathematics for our universe.)