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## Sometimes The Simple Concepts Elude Us |

EDITOR'S NOTE: Initially written by Bruce Camber in April 2012 with the most recent update being: January 2015 Most links open a window within Wikipedia. ____________________________________________________________________ Would you agree that two of the most simple parameters of science and mathematics are: (1) smallest-to-largest and (2) multiplying-and-dividing by-2? Then, why, as a well-educated general public, do we not know the smallest and largest measurement of a length (space) or of time? To remedy that situation, let us first establish that there are the smallest-and-largest length and the shortest-and-longest time. Then, let us multiply these two exceedingly small numbers by 2, and each result by 2, until we reach the largest-possible length and the longest-possible time. It may sound simple, albeit a bit tedious, but the process has many surprises as we begin to explore this simple base-2 exponential notation of our seemingly complex universe.
You would think it is a rather straightforward conversion, yet, even those calculations (converting years to a length) are diverse. With their
That process is called base-2 exponential notation and the answers are quite surprising: - NASA physicist, Joe Kolecki, calculated 202.34 notations or doublings. So, let us start with his figure.
- Others calculate it a bit differently. Halpern's calculations give us about 204+ notations.
- Jean-Pierre
*Luminet*of the*Observatoire de**Paris*suggests around 205.1 notations.
Notwithstanding, that range, 202.34 to 205.1, is a very small number of doublings (notations, layers or steps) from the smallest-to-the-largest measurement of a unit of length and the shortest-to-the-longest units of time.
Big Board - little universe is to encourage students to do the following: - Explore each notation to see what is unique within it
- Grasp the parameters and boundary conditions that could define each notation
- Consider possible transformations between notations
- See if they can discern how the constants and universals work within each notation
- Grasp as many new concepts, ideas and insights as possible
- Attempt to relate those insights to its smaller notation and then to its larger notation.
There is a lot of work to do. The On Friday, May 17, 2013, back in front of the high school geometry classes, we were using the It was during those lessons that it became apparent that the Periodic Table took its form for a reason. Knowing that we would not get it right the first time, it was decided to reduce the We have posted these pages here to invite you to explore the universe in the simplest ways possible, then ask, "What difference does it make?" Editor's Note: This page was last updated on Friday, June 14, 2013. |