Friday, April 27, 2012

Figuring out divine thoughts


The most objective of sciences, abstract, strictly logical, a world in itself - the Queen of Sciences without which no natural science could proceed, no Imhotep build Pharaonic tomb and no Pythagoras compose music!

Experimental science is just that. It makes experiments in order to verify theories, to see if a carefully planned test provides the results expected by the hypothesis.

Knowledge only by observation?
It is definitely wrong to claim that all knowledge is experimental. That is a claim that belongs in the field of Theory of Knowledge which is a truly deep branch of human thinking.

It is wrong because humanity has gained correct knowledge about nature even when they could in no way test these theories by experiment.

Classic case is the work of Greek nature Philosophers in the First millennium before the birth of Christ. Outstanding example is the theory of atoms developed purely in mind by Leucippus and his student Democritus (460-370 BC).

They figured out divine thoughts and it took more than two thousand years before those ideas could be tested. They worked and we all talk about atoms today as something so self-evident.

God thinking
Because He says so we believe that God of Israel has created the universe and also all of us with it. The Bible tells us that we have been created in the image of God

And God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.
Genesis 1:26-27 KJ21

Accordingly, if we like to see some attributes of God of Israel who is the only real God there is we can look at ourselves. For we are made in His image.

BTW the creation story itself in the beginning of the Bible does not use the expression "God thinking". It goes a step further and talks about God speaking words. This is a point that is worth thinking, but we can only do so by using words.... or can we think in non-verbal ways, maybe we can?

Humans thinking
Talking about catching God's thoughts in the way Nature is build sounds rather religious but it actually works in our daily life and in practice.

We have the ability to find out truth by thinking because everything has been made by a Great Thinker.

However, this is not a Philosopher's god and we will never learn to know Him just by thinking. More is needed from His side and we have the possibility of not believing in any god and also to reject the real God. Or to worship false gods, as we all know.

But we can figure out the logic in the handiwork of the Thinking God, for His works are marvellous regardless of whether we give Him the glory or not.

Divine thoughts
I do not know how Leucippus and Democritus reached the atom theory but I could imagine that they were playing with ideas on the basis of what they know and started to figure out What if? What if everything is made of fundamental elements that bounce in space and stick to each other giving matter its attributes?

Similarly, I do not know how Wofgang E. Pauli reached the Law of Nature we call Pauli's exclusion principle. But I do know that in 1925 he could not figure it out using some decisive atom smashers or other equipment scientists have built to study particle physics. They came later.

I could imagine that he was playing with ideas on the basis of what he knows and started to figure out What if? What if we accept that no two identical fermions (particles with half-integer spin) may occupy the same quantum state simultaneously?

Similarly, I do not know how Oscar W. Greenberg reached the math of color charges. But I do know that in 1964 he could figure it out using some decisive atom smashers or other equipment scientists have built to study particle physics. They came later.

I could imagine that he was playing with ideas on the basis of what he knows and started to figure out What if? What if we accept Pauli's exclusion principle and imagine that sub-particles have not one on/off but three charges - say, like red, blue and cyan? Nope... better red, green and blue as in RGB!

Let's imagine some more ...
And we could imagine, with due respect, naively as children of God how our Heavenly Father would have been thinking "Well now, I would like to create something... one thing I need for this is matter. This electrons around nucleus seems to be a good solution but how can I handle this negative/positive challenge to make those legos stable for constructing matter?

The nice thing about this is that with our human logic and mathematical reasoning we obviously are catching the ideas of the One who has made everything.

And even nicer is that there is still so much more to be learned about this and other matters in His creation.

Even if you are crippled by some serious decease and tied to a wheel-chair unable to speak normally, you can use your brilliant mind to imagine, play with ideas and ... most importantly ... calculate!

With such brain even the Black hole does not remain all that black forever to our enquiring curious minds.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Who invented color charge mathematics?

© 2012 The Particle Data Group, LBNL
This is an important reminder to humanity as we are experiencing right now such an upward spin of scientific exploration and discovery.

Professor Benoit Mandelbrot did not invent fractal geometry.

God did.

Professor Mandelbrot understood the principles of fractal geometry and realized that it is the Geometry of the Nature.

Professor Oscar W. Greenberg did not invent the color charge math described in the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD).

God did.

Professor Greenberg figured out how the Standard Model could work without breaking the Pauli exclusion principle which is a fundamental law of Nature.

Pauli principle and Color charge

Wolfgang Ernst Pauli (1900 – 1958)

Wolfgang Ernst Pauli was an Austrian theoretical physicist and one of the pioneers of quantum physics. In 1945, after being nominated by Albert Einstein, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his "decisive contribution through his discovery of a new law of Nature, the exclusion principle or Pauli principle," involving spin theory, underpinning the structure of matter and the whole of chemistry. wikipedia

The Pauli exclusion principle is the quantum mechanical principle that no two identical fermions (particles with half-integer spin) may occupy the same quantum state simultaneously.

A more rigorous statement is that the total wave function for two identical fermions is anti-symmetric with respect to exchange of the particles. The principle was formulated by Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli in 1925.

Color charge
Professor Oscar W. Greenberg (1932) University of Maryland
Shortly after the existence of quarks was first proposed in 1964, Oscar W. Greenberg introduced the notion of color charge to explain how quarks could coexist inside some hadrons in otherwise identical quantum states without violating the Pauli exclusion principle.

O.W. Greenberg, Spin and  Unitary-Spin Independence in a Paraquark Model of Baryons and Mesons, Phys. Rev. Lett. 13, 598-602 (1964)

The theory of quantum chromodynamics has been under development since the 1970s and constitutes an important component of the Standard Model of particle physics

In particle physics, color charge is a property of quarks and gluons that is related to the particles' strong interactions in the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD).
Color charge has analogies with the notion of electric charge of particles, but because of the mathematical complications of QCD, there are many technical differences.

The "color" of quarks and gluons is completely unrelated to visual perception of color. Rather, it is a name for a property that has almost no manifestation at distances above the size of an atomic nucleus.

The term color was chosen because the abstract property to which it refers has three aspects, which are analogized to the three primary colors of red, green, and blue.

By comparison, the electromagnetic charge has a single aspect, which takes the values positive or negative.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Glory to God the Highest and Peace on Earth

Smashing atoms! (ref)

God who has created everything and who patiently and lovingly maintains also us humans has given us enough brain power to figure out these things, including the Standard Model decays and annihilations and even the military potential of an anti-matter bomb.

So let us do two things - first of all, give glory to His name and then use this extremely powerful knowledge also for peaceful purposes as a blessing of humanity.

(For you can take the military use as granted...)

They go together, you know, to whom we give glory in heavens and whether or not we have peace to people upon Earth.

Gloria in excelsis Deo
et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.

The Genius of Standard Model in Creation

When I look at the fundamental particles that are used to build protons and anti-protons among other things I cannot but gasp in wonder at the deep wisdom and creative thinking that is involved in those six quarks, six leptons and force carrier particles.

Even the scientists got inspired by the divine creativity and named the particles in a funny and memorable way instead of the usual incomprehensible coded jargon.
  • Up - Down
  • Strange - Charm
  • Top - Bottom
There is a wonderful educational Web site The Particle Adventure of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that is caught in the same youthful spirit of creativity and brilliance when introducing the tiny marvels of Creation - in a strictly non-religious manner, of course.

To make Reality Stew you need these incredients!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Fractal Geometry of Nature

Professor Benoit B. Mandelbrot (1924-2010)

"Mandelbrot was a modern Leonardo, a man who showed the beauty in nature. He was a prophet of the curving universe and gave us, in the endlessly playful geometry of fractals, a visual lexicon for our complex world."
Jonathan Jones on Art

The Fractal Geometry of Nature (1982)

"More a reference than a read, Mandelbrot was the first mathematician and naturalist to embrace fractals, second citizen equations that turned out to be elegant expressions of much of the patterns, sequences, arrangements we can see in molecules, simple life forms, organ systems, complex life forms, environments, ecosystems.... Some of it is user friendly, some needs to be skimmed by those who don't care about the math, but Mandelbrot is supportive of both kinds of readers."

Friday, February 3, 2012

Grandfather's clock

Watch made by Jaakko Könni (1775-1830) 
House of Yli-Laurosela Ilmajoki, Finland 

This valuable watch was about as expensive as a cow when it was purchased around 1825. Today it is a priceless art treasure surviving from the handworks of one of the most famous watchmakers in Finland.

It clearly has a purpose. Top of the white wooden casing is Empire style and bottom Rococo. Carefully constructed system of wheels, rockers, springs and a mathematically tuned pendulum have been ticking minutes and showing hours ever since it was located in the main living room of Yli-Laurosela house.

The design of the clock engine shows careful planning, measurement and there is a pleasing combination of functionality and beauty. The historical Könni watches are famed for their accuracy and endurance.

The watch has been signed by Könni so the experts in the Antiquities Service of Finland have been able to assign it to its makers and date it quite accurately.

God of Israel has signed His work - the entire Universe - for us humans in a very special signature called the Bible.

He knows that not everyone believes in Him. That is how He has made us. With freedom to sin against His will (Genesis 3) and obviously also free not to believe in Him (look around).

The Book even says that the functionality, beauty and intelligence of deep thinking in the nature does not make humans to believe in God (Romans 1:18-23).

So who nevertheless believes in God of Israel?

There are some people who do have faith in Him.

Grandfather's Cow