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Category: Mathmatics

The devine language.

I consider myself to be somewhat of an amateur scientist.  By this, I mean that when I look at the world around me, it is with a sense of wonder, but also with a urge to figure out WHY things are the way they are.  It is not enough to merely accept that nature created something, there has to be a way that it was created.

I also believe in a supreme being.  What ever name you have for it, I think that it is out there, somewhere.  This is not to say that I think that he or she is watching our every move, judging our every thought, action or word, deciding what should happen to us in some afterlife.  In fact, I do not believe in an afterlife other than the fact that when we die, the matter and energy that makes you and I up, along with all other living creatures, will be returned and reused by the universe, and through that, our lives have, in their passing, helped to give life to others.

In my pondering of a G-d, I often wonder what it would be like to meet such an entity, and in these thoughts, it occurs to me that there is really only one language that a truly supreme being could speak that would be recognized throughout the universe.  The language of mathematics.

When you look at the universe, all the way out to the furthest star on the edge of the known universe, to the inner universe and the smallest pieces of the atoms that make you, me and the ground we walk upon… it can all be explained, at least in part, with mathematics.  There is, or will be, some equation that will explain in whole or in part, why things work.

So… at least in my way of thinking, the only logical language for G-d to speak, would be in a language based primarily on mathematics.  When you look at the combination of the apparent simplicity of the universe which hides the complexities of it’s substructure, it implies the work of an artist that not only wanted to show the potential beauty of all things, but then, for those that need to see more, like the scientists and dreamers, there is the superstructure of the universe.  The underlying details that make up everything that we are and everything we know.

I know that there are those out there that are going to be upset with my take on this, but remember…  Religion, Spirituality and Faith are all three very personal and unique things to each person.  Two people may say they are Jews or Catholics, but they may not have exactly the same concept of what G-d or heaven is.

Our personal relationship with G-d, the Universe and everything is our own.  Personally, if I had to put a face to G-d… it would have to be something like Albert Einstein or Johannes Kepler.

The Metric System – Isn’t it about time?

This debate has been going on for a long time, but when most of the world is using the metric system, why are we one of the last hold-outs?

When you look at the world, especially from a scientific point of view, it is obvious that the old English system that we presently use is out of date and out of touch with the rest of the world.

The US is joined by only two other countries, Myanmar and Liberia, that have not adopted the metric system.  This is not to say that there is anything truly WRONG with the english units of measurement, but when the rest of the world has moved to a more fine tuned way to measure everything from the very large to the very small, you have to think about the wisdom of holding onto something as antiquated as the old English system.

Another demonstration as to this point is that here in the US, even the scientific community has adopted the metric system for their use, soas to keep in parity with the rest of the world.  This does not always work, however, since there are a few hold outs.  This miscommunication can cause issues and even disasters… who can forget the Mars Climate Orbiter back in 1999?  Two teams and two separate measuring systems, equals one pile of aluminum and titanium with an American flag on it, somewhere on the surface of mars… maybe. I am sure that also been other errors and mistakes that have been made due to the conversion from and to the English system.

So…  if we were to buck up and switch to the metric system, would it be easy?  Not for us older folks that are used to the English system.  We will be the hold outs, the ones fighting it all the way and not wanting any part of it.  But for the children, it will be simple.  They will no longer learn fractions, inches, feet, etc…  it will be meters, liters, etc.  Everything will be different for us, but the world will not end.

The fact is that the we are actually holding out from a system that is leaving us behind.  Metric is the way the world is going and we will need to follow in the footsteps of the world this time.

Here are some interesting links regarding the topic:

US Metric Association

Helium article on the Metric system

xkcd – A Webcomic

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