Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman

Not far away in a universe everywhere close to here is a world just like ours. This sister world and the laws that govern it operate in an almost indistinguishable way. If there was a multiverse, this world and its universe would be the most similar to ours than any other. But, the physics there isn’t the same.

So, what’s different and why? Those similarities and differences are in the lines below. Take this surrealist sci-fi out and let it challenge what you know about the mechanics of the universe we live in.

The Shape of an Atom

You might think that matter there is…


From Wiki

Anyone who has delved into the math and sciences has been introduced to the problem of finding prime numbers. It is one of the holy grails of mathematics and is featured along with the Riemann Hypothesis, Goldbach’s Conjecture, and several others.

With a little spare time and little curiosity many math, enthusiasts explore the problem with the drive to poke around more seriously. Unfortunately, too much free time with prime numbers and you might as well be flirting with madness.

Lately, I’ve been flirting with madness. The problem seems simple enough. How hard could it be to find numbers WE…


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Evil is a word people use to get other people to stop asking questions.

I have seen plenty of terrible things in my life. But, in every case, even the most horrible things came down to either bad timing or just being thoughtless about what is happening.

I grew up in a Christian home and became an atheist in my late teens and early 20’s after too many important questions piled up with no good answers. I remember one of those questions being about why God didn’t stop evil or take steps to prevent it. …


Could this be why we are having trouble with unifying theories?

I am a classical physics guy and so I’ve had to use a lot of dimensional analysis in my work. I have spent many hours staring at and manipulating these letters and their superscripts for years and have never questioned any of them. In my most recent look at our base dimensions, along with our Fundamental Physical Constants(NIST pdf), I saw something that I have never noticed before. None of our physical constants seem to have dimensions that could belong to something that is physically real.

Looking at them individually, no constant seems suspicious by itself. But, taken as a…


Part 2 of “Should √2 Be a Prime Number?”

In my last article, I discussed the difficulty of finding prime numbers with our modern eal number system. In this article, I am going to ignore √2 and talk about the deeper question of what it means for eal numbers to be uncountably infinite and how it is related to the problem of finding primes. I also want to talk about how these problems are connected to the most fundamental and biggest outstanding questions in modern mathematics, The Continuum Hypothesis. This is the first item on Hilbert’s list of 23 problems he published in 1900.

Let’s ask ourselves the following:


Welcome to Love R&D

I like to think of love as my most actively developed product for the people I care most about. I think they deserve my best, which is a combination of work and deliberate design. Of course, we all fall short. I once had to put the marketing department on “permanent leave” after dealing with a couple of ill-timed AD campaigns in my teens. Since then R&D has carried most of the weight and even has its own customer service hotline. Their sometimes precarious experimentation doesn’t always result in useful data initially, but keeping track and paying attention seems to always…


Introduction

In Part 1, I dove into a web of issues surrounding inertial and non-inertial reference frames. There we cast doubt on how our reference frames have been defined and discovered that our current definition of time was causing a variety of problems. It got pretty intense so I had to pull back a little to keep working on gravity. It’s still in progress.

Back in Statistical Mechanics, I was ready for my next assignment. If you remember from last time, Schrodinger used a cat (probably the most ethical option due to the many lives function) in a thought experiment to…


Introduction

Just a few weeks ago I dived into a research project about Schrodinger and uncertainty. I discovered that “Schrodinger’s Cat” was a thought experiment, devised by Schrodinger, to point out what was conceptually wrong with the accepted interpretation of the double-slit experiment. I looked around but never pinned down what the official error was so I decided to move forward with my research on uncertainty. So, I started with Newton and his 3 laws of motion and kept my eye out for anything suspicious.

It didn’t take very long before my plan unraveled along with the known universe. I’ve been…


Erwin (Schrodinger’s Cat) has an existential crisis

Erwin Schrodinger was a renowned physicist whose contributions to physics earned him a Nobel Prize. He is also famous, of course, for Schrodinger’s Cat, a thought experiment, and paradox. I recently learned that this thought experiment was devised by Shrodinger to highlight a problem in the accepted interpretation of quantum mechanics. But, what problem was Schrodinger trying to highlight, and was it ever resolved?

For as long as I have known about this thought experiment, I was surprised to see that it was supposed to point out a problem. With a second critical glance and something to look for the…


If creativity means creating something from very little or nothing then I don’t consider myself an especially creative person. I’m not sure I’ve ever had an interesting thought that didn’t start with someone else’s. Whether you call it creativity or strategic randomness, I want to share with you how I have improved my creative productivity and process. I have focused my efforts on the kind of creativity that describes how things work (engineer here). The proof is embedded in the lines and graphics below. You be the judge!

I can’t say for certain that my method will work for everyone…

Jaison Renkenberger

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