Yesterday something happened. Remember that feeling when what you have always believed in your life gets refuted by a new finding and suddenly the world doesn’t look the way it always did? That something happened.
The trigger was a mathematics professor of Santa Fe university through the online mooc on Complexity Explorer.
The birds chirp outside on a tree blossoming with red spring flowers. A tributary of the Ganges flows near my backyard. On the other side of the house,the Victoria Memorial is sometimes visible through the haze.
Till last week I was teaching students of my drawing workshop I hold, that there are three dimensions. Yesterday, a non integer dimension was proven by this professor. Sierpinski’s triangle, Koch curve and the snowflake. Imagine a dimension within two given dimensions, the monodimension (single dimension), duo dimension (2D) and the third somewhere in between.
While, I won’t get into the details of the explanation, he has provided quite well in this open mooc; things he said triggered further thoughts.
” ..imagine…” he said, “if I had a magic box and could blow up the cube to double its size….”
Things doubling up, or blowing up triggered interesting memories. Remember the movie, “Honey I shrunk the kids” or better still “Honey, I blew up the kids”?
Hasn’t every kid five years of age wished that the cake/icecream/chocolate in their hand would magically double its size? A table laden with goodies would “magically” appear from somewhere. If there is a Gulliver, can’t there be a Gulliver of matter?
So, have we tried blowing up anything? Maybe yes. Thermacol looks closely possible. A plastic. Maybe there are others.
What if we can add a fractal space into a cube? The cube would expand and blow up? What if we added a sierpinski triangle space into a gold bar? Would gold start floating in space? What if we expanded the space further and further and further? Can we make it so big that we can star living on a Gold planet. Maybe call it Gipinski or Gupitar.
What if we used a stronger material. Spider’s web? And created a planet out of that? Can we one day be actually staying there instead of on Mars?
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