Why 137?

“Why 137?” was the question Nobel Prize winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) was preoccupied with throughout his life. You see the fine structure constant, a dimensionless fundamental constant of physics, has a value nearly equal to 1/137. Here’s an overview: In his Nobel lecture delivered in Stockholm on 13 December 1946, Pauli expressed his goal […]

Location, Location, Location

It has long been known that the three most important factors determining real estate value are: location, location, location. I notice that this aphorism is true not only for residential and commercial properties, but also somewhat unexpectedly for sites having great symbolic and/or spiritual significance. My research reveals a previously unknown system of non-monetary valuation […]

Hidden Universal Symmetry

For millennia philosophers, mathematicians, architects, artists and mystics have been interested in the divine proportion, but its understanding has been highly fragmented. My recent work attempts to show how the divine proportion is a hidden universal symmetry worthy of comprehensive study and understanding. Euclid’s book Elements (300 BCE) contains the first known written definition of […]

Cosmic Lottery

Physicist Max Tegmark has identified 32 dimensionless ratios that are basic properties of reality in his though-provoking book, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality. These are 32 pure numbers from which every other fundamental constant of nature can be theoretically derived. In this illustration I depicted these parameters and added […]

Macrocosmic Harmony

The best temples serve as bridges between human scale and the macrocosm. When Beverly Spicer sent me the following image, something clicked and I understood the human body, the Sphinx and the Pyramids in a new way. I’m not sure which book this black-and-white geometric analysis of Pharaoh Rameses II was scanned from—it appears to […]