|Asunto:||PAN- Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions / Sphereland // Gaia Love Day / 13:13|
|Fecha:||Domingo, 13 de Enero, 2002 15:30:16 (-0700)|
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From: Ricardo Ocampo-Anahuak Networks <anahuak@...>
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 15:26:43 -0700
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Subject: Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions / Sphereland
flatland (flàt´lànd´, -lend) noun
1. Land that varies little in elevation.
2. flatlands. A geographic area composed chiefly of land that varies little
- flat´land´er noun
_Flatland : A Romance of Many Dimensions/Sphereland : A Fantasy About
Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe_/2 Books in 1 Volume (Everyday
by Edwin A. Abbott, Dionys Burger, Isaac Asimov
Paperback 2 Bks in 1 edition (January 1994)
HarperCollins (paper); ISBN: 0062732765 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x
7.99 x 5.33
Unless you're a mathematician, the chances of you reading any novels about
geometry are probably slender. But if you read only two in your life, these
are the ones. Taken together, they form a couple of accessible and charming
explanations of geometry and physics for the curious non-mathematician.
Flatland, which is also available under separate cover, was published in
1880 and imagines a two-dimensional world inhabited by sentient geometric
shapes who think their planar world is all there is. But one Flatlander, a
Square, discovers the existence of a third dimension and the limits of his
world's assumptions about reality and comes to understand the confusing
problem of higher dimensions. The book is also quite a funny satire on
society and class distinctions of Victorian England. The further
mathematical fantasy, Sphereland, published 60 years later, revisits the
world of Flatland in time to explore the mind-bending theories created
by Albert Einstein, whose work so completely altered the scientific
understanding of space, time, and matter. Among Einstein's many challenges
to common sense were the ideas of curved space, an expanding universe and
the fact that light does not travel in a straight line. Without use of the
mathematical formulae that bar most non-scientists from an understanding of
Einstein's theories, Sphereland gives lay readers ways to start
comprehending these confusing but fundamental questions of our reality.
Over a hundred years ago, Edwin A. Abbott wrote a mathematical adventure
set in a world on one plane, populated by a hierarchical society of regular
geometrical figures--who think and speak and have all too human emotions.
Since then _Flatland_ has fascinated generations of readers, becoming a
perennial science-fiction favorite. By imagining the contact of beings from
different dimensions, the author fully exploited the power of the analogy
between the limitations of humans and those of his two-dimensional
characters. A first-rate fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and
multiple dimensions of space, the book also will appeal to those who are
interested in computer graphics. This field, which literally makes higher
dimensions seeable, has aroused a new interest in visualization. We can now
manipulate objects in four dimensions and observe their three- dimensional
slices tumbling on the computer screen. But how do we interpret these
images? In his introduction to the volume, Thomas Banchoff points out that
there is no better start on the problem of understanding higher-dimensional
slicing phenomena than reading this classic novel of the Victorian era.
* 604 track _Two-D_ by Noma off of _Order Odonata 6_ compilation
on Dragonfly (2001)
* track _Flatlands_ MP3 by Delerium off of _Semantic Spaces_ CD on
* sound: one of the first electronic cd's i ever got into around 1994 at
the same time as _U.F.O.rb_ by The Orb. Deep ethno trance and dub that
lifts from Dr. Patterson as well as more commerical stuff like Enigma.
somehow, it works.
* track _Flatlands_ MP3 (160k) by Steve Roach
* track _Flatland Farming_ MP3 by Pitchfork off of _Eucalyptus_ 12" on
* members Rick Froberg and John Reis of Drive Like Jehu
Parable of the Gemstone
To understand the intense controversy surrounding superstring theory, think
of the following parable.
Imagine that, at the beginning of time, there was once a beautiful,
glittering gemstone. Its perfect symmetries and harmonies were a sight to
behold. However, it possessed a tiny flaw and became unstable, eventually
exploding into thousands of tiny pieces. Imagine that the fragments of the
gemstone rained down on a flat, two-dimensional world, called Flatland,
where there lived a mythical race of beings called Flatlanders.
These Flatlanders were intrigued by the beauty of the fragments, which could
be found scattered all over Flatland. The scientists of Flatland postulated
that these fragments must have come from a crystal of unimaginable beauty
that shattered in a titanic Big Bang. They then decided to embark upon a
noble quest, to reassemble all these pieces of the gemstone.
After 2,000 years of labor by the finest minds of Flatland, they were
finally able to fit many, but certainly not all, of the fragments together
into two chunks. The first chunk was called the "quantum," and the second
chunk was called "relativity."
Although they Flatlanders were rightfully proud of their progress, they were
dismayed to find that these two chunks did not fit together. For half a
century, the Flatlanders maneuvered these two chunks in all possible ways,
and they still did not fit.
Finally, some of the younger, more rebellious scientists suggested a
heretical solution: perhaps these two chunks could fit together if they were
moved in the third dimension.
This immediatelyset off the greatest scientific controversy in years. The
older scientists scoffed at this idea, because they didn't believe in the
unseen third dimension. "What you can't measure doesn't exist," they
Furthermore, even if the third dimension existed, one could calculate that
the energy necessary to move the pieces up off Flatland would exceed all the
energy available in Flatland. Thus, it was an untestable theory, the critics
However, the younger scientists were undaunted. Using pure mathematics, they
could show that these two chunks fit together if they were rotated and moved
in the third dimension. The younger scientists claimed that the problem was
therefore theoretical, rather than experimental. If one could completely
solve the equations of the third dimension, then one could, in principle,
fit these two chunks completely together and resolve the problem once and
We Are Not Smart Enough
That is also the conclusion of today's superstring enthusiasts, that the
fundamental problem is theoretical, not practical. The true problem is to
solve the theory completely, and then compare it with present-day
experimental data. The problem, therefore, is not in building gigantic atom
smashers; the problem is being clever enough to solve the theory.
Edward Witten, impressed by the vast new areas of mathematics opened up by
the superstring theory, has said that the superstring theory represents
"21th century physics that fell accidentally into the 20th century." This is
because the superstring theory was discovered almost by accident. By the
normal progression of science, we theoretical physicists might not have
discovered the theory for another century.
The superstring theory may very well be 21st century physics, but the
bottleneck has been that 21st century mathematics has not yet been
discovered. In other words, although the string equations are perfectly
well-defined, no one is smart enough to solve them.
This situation is not entirely new to the history of physics. When Newton
first discovered the universal law of gravitation at the age of 23, he was
unable to solve his equation because the mathematics of the 17th century was
too primitive. He then labored over the next 20 years to develop a new
mathematical formalism (calculus) which was powerful enough to solve his
universal law of gravitation.
Similarly, the fundamental problem facing the superstring theory is
theoretical. If we could only sharpen our analytical skills and develop more
powerful mathematical tools, like Newton before us, perhaps we could solve
the theory and end the controversy.
Ironically, the superstring equations stand before us in perfectly
well-defined form, yet we are too primitive to understand why they work so
well and too dim witted to solve them. The search for the theory of the
universe is perhaps finally entering its last phase, awaiting the birth of a
new mathematics powerful enough to solve it.
Imagine a child gazing at a TV set. The images and stories conveyed on the
screen are easily understood by the child, yet the electronic wizardry
inside the TV set is beyond the child's ken. We physicists are like this
child, gazing in wonder at the mathematical sophistication and elegance of
the superstring equations and awed by its power. However, like this child,
we do not understand why the superstring theory works.
In conclusion, perhaps some of the readers will be inspired by this story to
read every book in their libraries about the superstring theory. Perhaps
some of the young readers of this article will be the ones to complete this
quest for the Theory of the Universe, begun so many years ago by Einstein.
- Dr. Michio Kaku - _Hyperspace_
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---------- From: cecilia rouvrais <cecilain@...> Reply-To: cecilia
rouvrais <cecilain@...> DaThu, hu, 10 Jan 2002 18:15:33 +0100
GAIA LOVE DAY
13 January 2002, 13:13 pm
On 12/12 at 12:12 hours, the Ultraviolet Ray, activated on 11/11 to assist
us to take off our cuirasses and reducing our ego and personal importance to
the minimum, will open the way to the Ruby Ray until its transformation into
the Golden-Silver-Pearly Ray, that is, the Ray of Pachamama, of Mother Mary,
which will be directed straight to Planet Gaia. GAIA is the name of the
being that lives into the body of planet Earth. 12/12 is the date of the
beginning of the falling of the Golden-Silver-Pearly Ray during one month,
until the 13 January 2002, at 13:13, as well as the beginning of the Age of
Beloved Love, Light and Earth workers,
We offer now the final meditation of this Elohim Gateway activation, GAIA
LOVE DAY for 13:13 pm on 13 January 2002.
We ask all to gather in sacred circle upon the earth this day to assist
Beloved Divine Earth Mother Gaia to complete her vibrational shift into the
higher resonance. All may begin by creating a beautiful Earth altar within
their hearts or in a place upon the earth that calls. Ground and earth
one's being into the core of Gaia, her Beloved Heart and breathe up the
rainbow pink silver light of her heart through all one's chakras, connecting
then to Source through the central sun Alcyone and central moon Maldek.
Call now to Beloved God, the Goddess, Gaia, all Earth spirits and the
company of the heavenly realms in invocation, to join one in circle.
Breathing deeply now, connecting one's body fully with the body of Gaia,
beginning to move slowly and sounding the mantra GAIA MA until one feels
one's body merged with her. See before you or in the centre of your circle a
glowing, pulsating, golden rainbow heart, the One heart of All That IS upon
this planet and send a ray from your heart connecting to this heart,
expanding one's heart, allowing it to grow and grow and grow until it
encompasses the entire Earth.
Each being gathered may offer songs, words of love, gratitude, blessings and
peace to Gaia and all her kingdoms, the crystalline, elemental, deva, plant,
rock, animal, angelic earth, inner earth, faerie, aquatic, nature spirits
for their unconditional love over eons of time.
Visualise now from within the chalice of one's holy heart flame, pink, peach
and opalescent light tinged with rainbow gold and silver, flow out to every
heart upon the planet, connecting in one enormous matrix of Divine Love.
Breathe now with this pulsating matrix as the new encodements from Source
are brought forth flowing through Gaia's chakra, meridian, leiline system.
Hold this visualisation until one feels a completion with this.
Find within the heart a way of completion through celebration in
gratefulness to Earth Mother, a love song to the ocean, a mountain, the
birds, dance, play with Gaia and the earth spirits, go for an earth walk in
honour of the sacred environment of earth, plant flowers, a tree, knowing
that all upon the earth and beyond celebrates with you.
Our love and gratitude flows to the many hearts who join us at these
activation times in acknowledgment of the divine service and love all offer
to the soul family of humanity, to Mother Gaia and her kingdoms and to
Blessings of Divine Love on each of our journeys into the One Heart,
Amaya, One of Twelve of ASCEND.
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