Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Geometry & Soap Bubbles

Picture from www o exo o net thanks to Bee @ Backreaction blogspot

Everyone knows that human societies organize themselves.
But it is also true that nature organizes itself, and that the principles by which it does this is what modern science, and especially modern physics, is all about.

from self organization of matter by Plato
more from fortunecity - what lies beneath

Harmonic Oscillations
Can harmonic oscillators serve as a bridge between quantum mechanics and special relativity.

The quantum harmonic oscillator has implications far beyond the simple diatomic molecule. It is the foundation for the understanding of complex modes of vibration in larger molecules, the motion of atoms in a solid lattice, the theory of heat capacity, etc. In real systems, energy spacings are equal only for the lowest levels where the potential is a good approximation of the "mass on a spring" type harmonic potential. The un-harmonic terms which appear in the potential for a diatomic molecule are useful for mapping the detailed potential of such systems.

further reading: harmonic oscillation by Plato
original text from hyperphysics from gsu edu

Wavelengths of elecromagnetic radiation
According to the basic laws of physics, every wavelength of electromagnetic radiation corresponds to a specific amount of energy.
The NIST/ILL team determined the value for energy in the Einstein equation, E = mc2, by carefully measuring the wavelength of gamma rays emitted by silicon and sulfur atoms.

At what point does the universe make itself known by Plato
NIST National Institute of Science & Technology Public Affairs

The Standard Model of Fundamental Particles and Interactions Chart
From stillness born by Plato
Image: Cosmologicalcomposition
wikipedia: Dark Matter
wikipedia: Bullet Cluster
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