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His(David Bohm) passion for truth carried him wherever it might possibly find nourishment, and his theories consequently reflect tremendous breadth and depth in accounting for a wide range truth that stems from a diverse spectrum of epistemologies.

The 3Ps blog is dedicated to exploring cosmology, quantum physics, and the domains of the very small and the very large with poetic expression of science concepts, philosophy, and history of ideas at the emergent consciousness level by using the "words of science."

Out from here
near the edge of the universe
clear of culture clutter
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Monday, June 20, 2005

Hyperdimensional Poetry

My attribution to the Library of Ialexandria for providing the links to the site.

James Clerk Maxwell, in honor of another great mathematician of his time, wrote, in a poem loaded with references to Hyperdimensional Physics and beyond:

“Oh WRETCHED race of men, to space confined!
What honour can ye pay to him, whose mind
To that which lies beyond hath penetrated?
The symbols he hath formed shall sound his praise,
And lead him on through unimagined ways
To conquests new, in worlds not yet created.

First, ye Determinants! In ordered row
And massive column ranged, before him go,
To form a phalanx for his safe protection.
Ye powers of the nth roots of - 1!
Around his head in ceaseless cycles run,
As unembodied spirits of direction.

And you, ye undevelopable scrolls!
Above the host wave your emblazoned rolls,
Ruled for the record of his bright inventions.
Ye cubic surfaces! By threes and nines
Draw round his camp your seven-and-twenty lines-
The seal of Solomon in three dimensions.

March on, symbolic host! With step sublime,
Up to the flaming bounds of Space and Time!
There pause, until by Dickenson depicted,
In two dimensions, we the form may trace
Of him whose soul, too large for vulgar space,
In n dimensions flourished unrestricted.”

-- James Clerk Maxwell To the Committee of the Cayley Portrait Fund -- 1887

Note that the “seven-and-twenty lines”, is a reference to one of his scientific mentors, Arthur Cayley’s hyperdimensional geometry (the “27 lines on the general cubic surface” problem). This is nothing less than the geometrical and mathematical underpinnings of the infamous “circumscribed tetrahedral latitude” of 19.5 degrees, the hyperdimensional quaternion geometry whose physical effects have been rediscovered all across the solar system and beyond!

The 27 shows up in my poetry quite often. See for yourself at the home of the Brigid Muse.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Microcosmic Moment

Morbidity? What is that?
Molecules? What are they?
Together in one body
We call that life
Searching out new affinity
Moving like the wind
Immortal and unseen:
Time, the space in between.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Constants of Nature

John Barrow has an article in the June 2005 Scientific American that is an update on his book. The graphics are outstanding. There is also an article in the same issue entitled " The Morning of the Modern Mind" which is right in line with consciouness beyond science fiction I posted a month ago.

About two months ago, I was in the middle of reading John Barrow’s book, Constants of Nature, and had written the following poem about cosmology and how a physicist like Brian Greene and a philosopher like Ken Wilber might take a differing views of a Theory of Everything (TOE):

Man on a Mission

or, . . . it only sounds like Kosmos

John Barrow used Fred Hoyle
as his cosmological foil.

Took the gas from The Black Cloud
and redefined life as less endowed.

Smaller than a quantum blip
for safe passage on Noah’s ship.

Sailing off to live forever
on the Final Anthropic space endeavor.

Not human life as we know it,
but what the cosmos will permit.

It falls just short of a superstring
umM . . . Theory of Everything.

"Indeed, irrespective of the consciousness issue, in my opinion, we are nowhere close to an accurate, purely physical theory of everything. I find it remarkable how many physicists will express the view that, despite some missing details and unifying concepts, we know virtually all we need to know to describe the fully detailed physical behaviour of systems — at least in principle. Yet, there is at least one glaring omission in present physical theory. This is how small-scale quantum processes can add up, for large and complicated systems, to the almost classical behaviour of macroscopic bodies. Indeed, it is not just an omission but an actual fundamental inconsistency, sometimes referred to as the measurement paradox (or Schrödinger's cat). In my view, until this paradox is resolved we must necessarily remain very far from a physical theory of everything — whether or not such a theory exists." Roger Penrose