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 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.




    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 smart-arse 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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