Thursday February 11th 2016Tim
Candler9
Spacetime simplifies, or brings beauty to a problem in
mathematics of the simple three dimensions. The
Euclidian geometry of up down backwards and forwards,
sometimes round and round works well here on earth for
the construction of such things as Pyramids, Skyscrapers
and classrooms. But out there in the great beyond the
galactic equivalent to Pyramids and Skyscrapers do not
last long, they hit brick walls of observable and
testable phenomena which sort of stand there and sneer
at the Headmaster. And true, no one likes to be sneered
at, so to make a theoretical understanding through math
last longer theories about how to manage the survival of
Pyramids and Skyscrapers in the great beyond became
increasingly complicated with bigger and bigger fluffy
bits, what in the old days we used to call Detention.
Then when Einstein and others added time to the up down,
backwards and forwards of space, we got the New
Incomprehensible Math, but the equation for the universe
needed fewer blackboards and a great deal less chalk to
write it all down.
Past

For some, and I put
myself in this number, a theory is no more than the joy of
its expression. It touches a part of the mind in the same
way that a well scrambled egg might. It curves in the space
of a person's being, it looks out and it smiles cheerfully,
and soon enough it disappears into the day to day where a
scrambled egg is just a scrambled egg. But for many, the
whole point about a theory is that it can predict what
happens next, and this apparently is a most useful thing.
Trickle Down, for example, is a well considered theory of
Economics, one of the Political Sciences, and frankly
there's not much sign of the theory living up to its name,
so probably better to go with Marx and call it Trickle Up.
Either way, by assuming that time is a constant, that time
doesn't change, it always ticks by at the same speed, the
mathematics of the universe and the classroom stumbled into
smartarse problems with the observable. And if there is a
point about observing a Gravitational Wave, it's not so much
a better understanding of Gravity, which remains a wonderful
mystery, rather it's the observation of a phenomenon
predicted by a theory. Great news of course, because it
means my own Unified Theory of Being currently titled "Slope
In A Random Place" remains completely untouched.
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