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illustration of the earth with a great circle arc connecting the north pole to the equator, passing through Paris. This is labeled with 10,000 km distance, by definition.

The Metre

The metre (spelled meter in United States) was introduced by the First French Republic in 1799. It was originally defined to be one ten millionth of the distance (10,000 km) between the North Pole and the Equator through Paris. Since then the metre has been defined variously as the length… Read More »The Metre

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?

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… Read More »Location, Location, Location

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… Read More »Hidden Universal Symmetry