Saturday, September 26, 2009

CERN, Rap Music and Higgs Boson!!!!


Many of you know what a Geek-Freak I am for particle physics and the CERN super-collider project. I just had a friend of mine from Mexico send me this video that was done by the crazy physicists and geeks up at CERN and just had to share. It warms the cockles of my scientific heart to see folks not taking themselves seriously, but taking the Science and Math seriously. Lovely stuff! It's only four minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xgaVbOjwUE

This is the kinda stuff we did all the time in the lab when we were waiting for centrifuges to slow down, HPLCs to equilibrate and the CRAY to crunch. Where was YouTube when I was working? LOL.

Enjoy it as much as I did. It totally made my day.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lecture #2-The Monad-Schneider's "Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe"



I am departing from my normal blog posts on money to assist some students in a math class I'm teaching for a local homeschooling co-op. Here are the lecture notes I promised all of you. Enjoy!


"confusion endurance" is the most highly distinctive trait of creative people.

Mathematics-the study of patterns of structure, change and space.

What is literalism?

  1. a doctrine of realistic portrayal in art or literature.
  2. a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense.
  3. a style of art portraying a subject as accurately as possible.
  4. a literalist-a person who translates text literally.

What is archetypal? Schneider used it at least 5 times in the introduction.

  1. an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype after which others are copied, patterned, or emulated.
  2. a symbol universally recognized by all.

3 Levels of Mathematics

  1. Secular Mathematics- the math of business, reckoning of quantities, taught as a servant of commerce.
  2. Symbolic Mathematics-symbols of patterns in nature (Fibonacci)
  3. Sacred Mathematics-the awareness our consciousness brings to the meaning of numbers.

Why does a circle have 360 degrees? This answer is around 4,400 years old.

The Monad-

  1. a singular metaphysical entity from which material properties are said to derive
  2. (chemistry) an atom having a valance of one
  3. (biology) a single-celled microorganism
  4. (Greek) "monas: unit "monos" alone
  5. (Pythagoreans) term for God or the first being
  6. (music) a single note or pitch
  7. an ultimate atom or simple, unextended point
  8. something ultimate and indivisible

3 principles of a circle

  1. circle is parent to all shapes
  2. circle has rotary motion (cycles: life cycles, carbon cycle, water cycle)
  3. circle encloses the most space by the smallest perimeter

The Circle represents zero as well as one. The Egyptians, Chinese, and Mayans all used the same glyph for "Light."

"Everything seeks unity. We have no need to return to a state of oneness because we are already integrated in it." -Schneider

Make sure to do the exercise on page 17 with the Pencil and can on graph paper.

Homework for next week.

Read chapter two (The Dyad) pp. 21-37, do all the exercises in the book as well as turn in your paragraph on the Fibonacci sequence.

Have fun and I'll see you on Thursday!