## Tuesday, November 27, 2018

### Sol 0: Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC)

This image was acquired on November 26, 2018, Sol 0 where the local mean solar time for the image exposures was 14:04:35. Each IDC image has a field of view of 45 x 45 degrees.

See: Sol 0: Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC)

## Sunday, November 04, 2018

### Gravity Waves

Additional resources from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration:  http://ligo.org/detections/GW170817.php

## Wednesday, August 22, 2018

### Hey LIGO

 Hey LIGO

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# Members of the public can use Hey LIGO; they just might be disappointed if they’re looking for the kind of quippy, vocalized replies we’ve come to expect from our digital assistants. Hey LIGO is more likely to spit out links to technical reports and schematics. But for researchers, that’s just fine

08/21/18
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory has a new digital assistant. Symmetry Magazine

## Wednesday, August 01, 2018

### Cohl Furey on the Octonions and Particle Physics

Video by Susannah Ireland for Quanta Magazine

See: The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature by Natalie Wolchover

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## Wednesday, June 13, 2018

### Dimensions Inbetween

"Yet I exist in the hope that these memoirs, in some manner, I know not how, may find their way to the minds of humanity in Some Dimensionality, and may stir up a race of rebels who shall refuse to be confined to limited Dimensionality." from Flatland, by E. A. Abbott -  Flat Land: A Romance of Many Dimensions

See: Analysis and Assessment of Gateway Process

There has been a lot of talk over the years about extra dimensions. It has never been totally clear to me how to define that rigorously and effectively. A matter dominated world,  it becomes scientifically accredited when it is repeated, or,  it has been falsified.

The concept of dimension is not restricted to physical objects. High-dimensional spaces occur in mathematics and the sciences for many reasons, frequently as configuration spaces such as in Lagrangian or Hamiltonian mechanics; these are abstract spaces, independent of the physical space we live in.

The thinking here in regards to the scientific explanation, is that in place of space-time, consciousness becomes capable. The brain,  in context of this article,  is functioning with regards to how consciousness amplifies it's use of energy?

Albert Einstein

The surface of a marble table is spread out in front of me. I can get from any one point on this table to any other point by passing continuously from one point to a "neighboring" one, and repeating this process a (large) number of times, or, in other words, by going from point to point without executing "jumps." I am sure the reader will appreciate with sufficient clearness what I mean here by "neighbouring" and by "jumps" (if he is not too pedantic). We express this property of the surface by describing the latter as a continuum. http://www.bartleby.com/173/24.html

It always nice to have a smile on your face while you debunk.:-)

### A Model for Science

Science is growing more complex, and so are the problems scientists face. A growing number of researchers argue that changing not just how we do science, but how we share it as well, would unlock vast new opportunities. A recent conference at Perimeter Institute asked: Is the time right for open source science? See:Can open-source software be a model for science?

## Friday, May 04, 2018

### The Tao of Life

The understanding that I gained from looking at the approach to Taoism was from Jung initially and the Book of Changes Jung talked about. Similarly the hexagrams alone and in part demonstrate an active and passive recognition of the lines, as broken and unbroken. While thought to be gender specific, these are not, and represent active and passive attributes within the whole system.

Wholeness implies a circular function and integration of these active and passive forces within the individual them-self. Active and passive features in the way we objectively and subjectively interact with the world around us and within us.

While bold in the application of active and passive forces the degrees of this participation is represented. Hard and soft, movement and resistance. While in opposition these are never apart as wholeness implies.

These do have psychological associations in mind, as represented in the active and passive understanding of information access and transmission. These are also represented in the eeg associations of an active and passive mind. Heart like, these can be rated in pulse.(see Mandelbrot and Seth Cohen) These are bio-metric markers, much as cell phone antenna's are specific to your phone. Algorithmic written as a debit card signature.

The range and application of the understanding here in relation to the processes of science was a development characteristic I gained over the years while developing an understanding of the nature of the active and passive features within our world.  Superconductors, the nature of viscosity in the science processes and active transmission of information within that science development. These were developed as an understanding of energy particulates that make there way into earth's medium environment. AS well as, an understanding in the nature of crystallization,  as represented in the idea of sound as cymatics.

The intuitive framework has to recognize that you have already worked the angles and that such intuition is gathered from all that has been worked.......I am not saying it is right just that I have seen this perspective in development with regard to scientists as they push through the wall that has separated them from moving on. This then details a whole set of new parameters in which the thinking mind can move forward with proposals. Fractals and Antennas and The Economy

## Thursday, April 12, 2018

### Artificial Intelligence and the Complexity Frontier - Public Lecture Trailer at Perimeter

Watch live online May. 2 here:

### A Tour of the Moon

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/David Ladd

This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4619

## Monday, March 26, 2018

### "Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death"

Hear intimate stories of nine men and women changed by their encounters with mortality.

## Thursday, February 22, 2018

### Illustris Simulation

See: Illustris Simulation

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This movie shows the formation of one of the Aquarius halos we simulated, over nearly the full age of the Universe from redshift z~50 to z=0. The camera position moves slowly around the forming galactic halo, pointing towards its centre at all times. The movie is based on our Aq-A-2 simulation. See: Aquarius Project Visualizations
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### Time Travelers

 By Unknown - Netflix, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62395143
Travelers is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright, starring Eric McCormack, Mackenzie Porter, Jared Abrahamson, Nesta Cooper, Reilly Dolman and Patrick Gilmore.[1][2] The series is a co-production between Netflix and Showcase. The first season comprises 12 episodes and premiered on Showcase on October 17, 2016; the entire series premiered globally on Netflix on December 23, 2016.[3] On February 8, 2017, Netflix and Showcase renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on Showcase in Canada on October 16, 2017. The second season was then released worldwide, outside Canada, on Netflix on December 26, 2017.[4][5]
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Can We Change The Past? by

## Tuesday, February 20, 2018

### What Reality Is.

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The Necker cube is used in epistemology (the study of knowledge) and provides a counter-attack against naïve realism. Naïve realism (also known as direct or common-sense realism) states that the way we perceive the world is the way the world actually is. The Necker cube seems to disprove this claim because we see one or the other of two cubes, but really, there is no cube there at all: only a two-dimensional drawing of twelve lines. We see something which is not really there, thus (allegedly) disproving naïve realism. This criticism of naïve realism supports representative realism. Necker cube -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necker_cube#Epistemology

The Necker cube is a paradigmatic example for bistable perception where pattern reversal obeys a particular probability distribution. Atmanspacher, Filk and Römer (2004) discussed this switching dynamics in terms of the quantum Zeno effect where “observation” (here attending to a percept) increases the dwell-time of an otherwise fast decaying unobserved state. Quantum Cognition, Bistable perception
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## Friday, February 09, 2018

### Simulation Theory 2018 What is the Truth?

Testing Simulation hypothesis physically
A long-shot method to test one type of simulation hypothesis was proposed in 2012 in a joint paper by physicists Silas R. Beane from the University of Bonn (now at the University of Washington, Seattle), and Zohreh Davoudi and Martin J. Savage from the University of Washington, Seattle.[11] Under the assumption of finite computational resources, the simulation of the universe would be performed by dividing the continuum space-time into a discrete set of points. In analogy with the mini-simulations that lattice-gauge theorists run today to build up nuclei from the underlying theory of strong interactions (known as Quantum chromodynamics), several observational consequences of a grid-like space-time have been studied in their work. Among proposed signatures is an anisotropy in the distribution of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, that, if observed, would be consistent with the simulation hypothesis according to these physicists.[12

## Thursday, February 08, 2018

### The Riddle of the Quantum Sphinx: Robert Spekkens Public Lecture

In his Feb. 7 public lecture at Perimeter Institute, Robert Spekkens will explain why he believes that many quantum mysteries are a result of a category mistake concerning the nature of quantum states.

## Wednesday, February 07, 2018

### Sack's and Ulam Spiral

Numbers on the marked curve are of the form

x2 + x + 41,

the famous prime-generating formula discovered by Euler in 1772. http://www.numberspiral.com/index.html

Riemann discovered a geometric landscape, the contours of which held the secret to the way primes are distributed through the universe of numbers.

It seemed the patterns Montgomery was predicting for the way zeros were distributed on Riemann’s critical line were the same as those predicted by quantum physicists for energy levels in the nucleus of heavy atoms. The implications of a connection were immense: If one could understand the mathematics describing the structure of the atomic nucleus in quantum physics, maybe the same math could solve the Riemann Hypothesis. http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/prime_numbers_get_hitched/

Sack's spiral-a version of the Ulam spiral

 Sift the Two's and Sift the Three's,
The Sieve of Eratosthenes.
When the multiples sublime,
The numbers that remain are Prime.

Anonymous[5]

## Tuesday, February 06, 2018

### Albrecht Durer's Magic Square

Albrecht Dürer (/ˈdʊərər, ˈdjʊərər/;[1] German: [ˈalbʁɛçt ˈdyːʁɐ]; 21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528)[2] was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints. He was in communication with the major Italian artists of his time, including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, and from 1512 he was patronized by emperor Maximilian I. Dürer is commemorated by both the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches. The Expulsion From Paradise by Albrecht Dürer Dürer's vast body of work includes engravings, his preferred technique in his later prints, altarpieces, portraits and self-portraits, watercolours and books. The woodcuts, such as the Apocalypse series (1498), are more Gothic than the rest of his work. His well-known engravings include the Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours also mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium. Dürer's introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, has secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatises, which involve principles of mathematics, perspective, and ideal proportions.

Melencolia I 1514

### Albrecht Dürer's magic square

Detail of Melencolia I

The order-4 magic square Albrecht Dürer immortalized in his 1514 engraving Melencolia I, referred to above, is believed to be the first seen in European art. It is very similar to Yang Hui's square, which was created in China about 250 years before Dürer's time. The sum 34 can be found in the rows, columns, diagonals, each of the quadrants, the center four squares, and the corner squares (of the 4×4 as well as the four contained 3×3 grids). This sum can also be found in the four outer numbers clockwise from the corners (3+8+14+9) and likewise the four counter-clockwise (the locations of four queens in the two solutions of the 4 queens puzzle[36]), the two sets of four symmetrical numbers (2+8+9+15 and 3+5+12+14), the sum of the middle two entries of the two outer columns and rows (5+9+8+12 and 3+2+15+14), and in four kite or cross shaped quartets (3+5+11+15, 2+10+8+14, 3+9+7+15, and 2+6+12+14). The two numbers in the middle of the bottom row give the date of the engraving: 1514. The numbers 1 and 4 at either side of the date correspond respectively to the letters "A" and "D," which are the initials of the artist.

## Monday, February 05, 2018

### Memories of a Theoretical Physicist

By The original uploader was Lumidek at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Magnus Manske using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, Link

While I was dealing with a brain injury and finding it difficult to work, two friends (Derek Westen, a friend of the KITP, and Steve Shenker, with whom I was recently collaborating), suggested that a new direction might be good. Steve in particular regarded me as a good writer and suggested that I try that. I quickly took to Steve's suggestion. Having only two bodies of knowledge, myself and physics, I decided to write an autobiography about my development as a theoretical physicist. This is not written for any particular audience, but just to give myself a goal. It will probably have too much physics for a nontechnical reader, and too little for a physicist, but perhaps there with be different things for each. Parts may be tedious. But it is somewhat unique, I think, a blow-by-blow history of where I started and where I got to. Probably the target audience is theoretical physicists, especially young ones, who may enjoy comparing my struggles with their own. Some disclaimers: This is based on my own memories, jogged by the arXiv and Inspire. There will surely be errors and omissions. And note the title: this is about my memories, which will be different for other people. Also, it would not be possible for me to mention all the authors whose work might intersect mine, so this should not be treated as a reference work.See: Memories of a Theoretical Physicist by Joseph Polchinski

### Simulation Hypotheses

The simulation hypothesis proposes that all of reality, including the earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation, most likely a computer simulation. Some versions rely on the development of a simulated reality, a proposed technology that would seem realistic enough to convince its inhabitants the simulation was real. The hypothesis has been a central plot device of many science fiction stories and films.

## Sunday, February 04, 2018

### Are We living in a Virtual Reality

Here is the referenced paper in the video.