creatures we are! Purely on hearsay do we accept, as factual,
concepts that are utterly incomprehensible to the senses we
experience this universe through. We accept that strangers have done
the research and if something sounds good then it becomes part of
years ago, while on sabbatical, I realized that DNA was one of these
concepts. Pure genius! We now have a tiny, incredibly complex
molecule in every cell of every living creature. Of course this
discovery had to be the result of countless scientists, all adding
to the diligent research of countless others before them. This
molecule now codes for every aspect of every organ in every
organism. We can now send a man to the death chamber because he
supposedly touched the clothing of a victim. Juries can now convict
purely on hearsay with this tool that they cannot even comprehend.
Sir Issac Newton described the laws of gravity. Proportional to
the square of the distance must have sounded very clean, because we
still have it to this day. E=mc≤ also has that crisp flavor. Thus,
classical physics is something we choose to live with.
Studying the small world, we needed something new. Quantum physics
filled the bill. For the time being we have two physics. We have
classical for the macro and quantum for the micro world.
Speaking of small, is there no limit? Based on their forebearís
work, todayís researchers bring us endlessly smaller micro
electronic components. Recently I attended a short lecture on porous
silicon. Through quantum tunneling of a silicon crystal, surface
area is vastly increased, opening new possibilities for the next
generation of semi-conductors. The interesting part of this is that
the porosity is measured in planck lengths. Look up planck lengths.
I'll bet, as a unit of length, it is beyond your comprehension. Itís
like less than nothing.
On the large side, there is the
universe. Estimated at 80 billion light years across with an age of
14 billion years. We are told that; from the original singularity,
space-time is expanding as a balloon expands. Presumably we are
somewhere on the surface of this space-time balloon.
Astronomers, using large telescopes peer back farther and farther
towards the Big Bang. Where on earth is that? For 14 billion years
the light from the Big Bang, traveling atÖat the speed of light
would have past us long ago. All we could possibly see would be
taillights. Wait! With a 40 billion light year radius, how did the
universe get here in 14 billion years? Iíve been waiting for years
to run into a cosmologist to get an explanation.
All of our
vast knowledge of the universe was gained from the cumulative work
of nameless others over time.
Time? What an interesting
concept. Thatís very presumptuous of a species incapable of more
than one thought at a TIME. A species living in the now with no way
to prove the past ever existed. I know. You think it did.
What queer creatures!