Hackathon! The 2017 NASA SpaceApp Challenge!

Center for Perfection Studies • New Orleans • USA • April 27, 2017 •

The Question:  “How Do You Visualize The Data?”

by Bruce Camber, coordinator, The Big Boardlittle universe Project

Huntsville, Alabama: Our horizontally-scrolled chart of the universe — everything, everywhere, throughout all time — uses base-2 notation from the Planck units to the Age of the Universe. The chart has 202+ columns and currently ten rows per column. It is all just simple math.

NASA2017Visualization of that data is a key to understanding it. To that end, we have responded to the NASA Space App Challenge to make it all visual. It should be a significant event. With about 200 locations around the world, I chose Huntsville because of the Marshall Space Flight Center. We did a few episodes of our television series there and those people are among the finest in the world.

Anybody can register.  If you would like to join our team, please register within the Huntsville site. Be looking for the team within the challenge,  Ideate and Create, then within 1D, 2D, 3D – Go! The team name is, 81018 Team: Base-2! Plancks to the Universe. Please drop me a quick note that you would like to be part of the team. I’ll send the invitation code.  You do not have to be on location.  You can be working remotely from any part of the world. It’ll all be done online.

Base-2! Plancks to the Universe.  Initially we will be evaluating the scope of this project given the time limitations. Perhaps this initial focus will be to enliven just six sets of numbers from within the 202+ notations and assume that the visualizations will extend more easily from those six.

Big Bang Epochs. Regarding that data set, we will be adding a line “0” for each of the  Big Bang Epochs. The first, of course, is the Planck Epoch which begins with the Planck units. All the following epochs readily and easily map to notations 2 to 202, i.e. the Grand Unification Epoch to the current time, today or the Now,m  so there will be some designation within every notation.

Two more line items will also be added, one to push constants into the equations and another to use prime numbers as new starting points.

Constants.  We will track all the constants as they get pulled into action. We will begin with pi (includes Feigenbaum constant) in close-packing of equal spheres. Within that Wikipedia page there is an animation of close-packing lattice generation.  One of our first challenges will be to extend that dynamic gif with each doubling using the number of scaling vertices given within each notation, i.e. 134,217,728 by the 10th notation.

Primes. Another line item to be added will track the prime numbers to figure out the logic to be able to conclude that it is the most probable beginning of new sets with new constants. The challenge will then be to extend each new constant across all notations.

Programming. Regarding the programming, anything is possible, however, the NASA people encouraged us to use R and R Markdown for this type of data visualization. They used the RStudio’s R Markdown editor to develop an R-based elliptical orbit simulator. And, they have a tutorial with embedded interactive 3D models that might be usable. All the 3D plots are interactive, left-click-drag to rotate and “middle-button-click-drag” to zoom in and out of the models. One of their interactive 3D model includes a play widget to control their orbit simulator. While the orbiting “object” is  moving, we can rotate and zoom the view of the model.

We will use the free GitHub repository for sharing code. https://github.com/  There are references at the bottom of that webpage with links to the rgl package for the 3D graphics, the R Markdown reference guide, and  knitr package chunk options for formatting the areas that display the code. RStudio’s RPubs perhaps come closest to realizing Donald Knuth’s dream of literate programming. Wikipedia also has an article about the R programming language.  And, the official R website provides an introduction to the language.  Here is a free web-based course that teaches R.

Let’s talk and let’s get to work!

News / Research
• Open Letter to the editors of Science (magazine) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
• Stephen Hawking Abused
• Simple View of the Universe

An Integrated Universe View: What is your expertise? There are many blanks within many cells — over 2000 of them in the entire chart — so, we assume it will always be “under construction.”


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