TO: MANY OF THE EDITORS OF MAGAZINES NEWSPAPERS & JOURNALS:
Dear Editor / Writer / Journalist:
Our little world is getting increasingly brittle, frail and confused.
How much time do we have before it totally breaks down? Let’s not find out.
Could the simplicity for which Princeton physicist, John Archibald Wheeler, yearned1 possibly have come out of a high school geometry class in New Orleans? I think you should find out.
Here is the concept in quick summary: Put four equilateral triangles together; you have a tetrahedron. It’s a simple extension of a circle (more later). Divide the edges of that tetrahedron in half, connect the new vertices. There is a half-sized tetrahedron in each of the four corners and an octahedron in the middle. Now, attach the two square bases of two equal pyramids and you have an octahedron. Divide its edges in half; there are six half-sized octahedrons in each corner and a tetrahedron in each face. Now repeat the process just 45 times and you are at the size of a fermion (or proton) assuming the original edge was 3″ long. Repeat the process another 67 times and you are at the Planck scale. Back up the original tetrahedron, multiply by 2 about 88 times and you are out to the Observable Universe (Planck Length) and the Age of the Universe (Planck Time).
You’ve just put the universe in a 200 notation box. Apply the Planck scale. Analyze.
It works. The math is simple. It’s logical. It opens doors for inquiry. It gives Hawking’s big bang with all its inherent nihilism a well-deserved rest.
We started thinking about this little model in December 2011. It has taken time to believe and interpret the numbers. We are making progress. Thank you.
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More later: https://bblu.org/2016/01/08/number/
1 John Archibald Wheeler, 1911-2008, physicist,
How Come the Quantum? from New Techniques and Ideas in Quantum Measurement Theory, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 480, Dec. 1986 (p. 304, 304–316), DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1986.tb12434.x