More questions than answers

The Big Board–Little Universe ProjectNew OrleansUSA •  Spring  2017   •

The 2017 NASA SpaceApps Challenge

187 locations, 69 countries, 25,000+ participants

Huntsville, Alabama and Palo Alto, California: “How can we explore the deep space of the universe if we don’t know its deepest infrastructure?” asked Bruce Camber, talking with NASA scientists about space exploration.  “How can we explore the universe if some of our most basic assumptions are off?”  He continued, “This is a case of not knowing what we didn’t know.”  He then said, “Many of our intellectual elites want to throw out space-time and infinity.” Referring particularly to the work of  Nima Arkani-Hamed of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, Max Tegmark and Alan Guth of MIT, Roger Penrose of Oxford, and Stephen Hawking of Cambridge,  he said, “None of them have a clue about the first 67 notations; that’s out of 202 highly-ordered, totally-interrelated mathematical groups of numbers and geometries that define the universe better than any other groups of numbers and geometries. And, simple logic tells me that these are the foundations of the foundations of our physical world.” [1]

Camber’s focus has been on the Big Board-little universe project. [2] The first 67 notations are all  numbers that are based on the numbers initially defined by Max Planck. Camber extended those numbers to define a heretofore unknown part of an infinitesimally-small universe.

A new map of the universe using just Planck units

History lessons. Though Max Planck developed the basic math for these units between 1899 and 1905, it wasn’t until 2004 when Nobel laureate, Frank Wilczek of MIT  lifted these numbers out of the category of numerology. He had written a series of articles, Scaling Mt. Planck [3] (2001) and soon thereafter the Planck’s units began becoming part of the core of accepted scientific thought.

In 1957  Kees Boeke, a high school teacher in Holland, did a scale of the universe using base-10. [4] That slowly became an iMax movie, popular books, and a key dynamic within cosmological studies.[5,6,7] Albeit quite limited, this work was the first scale of the universe using known information from the smallest scale to the largest scale.

In 2011 Camber’s high school geometry classes were following Zeno inside their tetrahedrons and octahedrons. They had divided the edges by 2,  connected the new vertices, then did it again and again and again. In 45 steps they were at the size of the proton and fermion.  In 67 more steps they were down among the Planck units. The next day they multiplied the edges by 2 and connected those new vertices. Within another 100 steps, they were somewhere out in the range of the Observable Universe.  They created a five foot chart with 202 doublings (or steps, or groups or notations) and had a new map of the universe.

It was a first, but did not soon enough. Hawking, Alan Guth and so many others had hardened their positions around the big bang even when it contradicted commonsense and was a forced-fit for science.

Since 2011 their big-board chart, the ever-so-simple and all-natural process of multiplying and dividing by 2, has been taken to a new level. Called base-2 notation, the resulting map of the universe would open unknown territories, secret doors, and unexpected challenges.  Camber commented, “It appears that this Big-Board, base-2 model simulates the big bang epochs but without a bang. It’s a natural inflation, a quiet expansion. Everything is necessarily related to everything. It’s an integrative model and it flies in the face of our cultural nihilism encouraged by the big bang.”

Now, there is more to come. This is the first of several summaries about the NASA SpaceApps Challenge, April 29-30, 2017 in 187 Locations, 69 Countries, with over 25,000 participants.  Bruce Camber drove up from New Orleans to Huntsville to participate. Timothy Wang, a NASA systems analyst, and Charlotte Thornton, a Stanford Visiting Scholar, started the process with a focus on the Big Board-little universe data set and then their team grew and grew.  These reports will interview everybody involved and will review their expectations for the near future.  More to come…

Let’s get to work: