Astronomy

What is Light?

Photons are simultaneously infinite and zero-dimensional Photons have no size. However they are also simultaneously waves that extend arbitrarily, possibly infinitely, across the entire universe. A photon is an elementary particle, the quantum of light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation. It is the force carrier for the electromagnetic… Read More »What is Light?
painting Belshazzar's Feast by Rembrandt (1635), slightly altered by the author. The disembodied hand on the wall writes the fine structure constant rather than Hebrew letters in this version.

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… Read More »Why 137?

Learning from CERN

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest, most complex and most expensive machine ever built on this planet. Over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries collaborated on its design and construction. The purpose of the machine is essentially to study the interrelation between the physics of the… Read More »Learning from CERN

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… Read More »Macrocosmic Harmony

Serpent Wisdom

Serpent wisdom from the Bible, Genesis Chapter 3, King James version: Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And… Read More »Serpent Wisdom

The Cosmic Sequence

The following set of numbers comprise what I call the cosmic sequence: 27, 54, 108, 216, 432, 864, 1728, 3456 Each successive term is double the value of the preceding term. The first term, 27, is equal to three cubed. Pythagoras said that three cubed represents the cosmos. In Buddhism… Read More »The Cosmic Sequence