Some More Thoughts on Relativity

I admit it, I’m a terrible blogger. At least I am when life happens. Which it kind of always does. Otherwise, I, you know, wouldn’t have one. But if I can’t keep up with a consistent posting schedule, the least I can do is follow up on a promised post. Unfortunately I haven’t done any of the math-work on the promised Special Relativity post (I’ve had enough school to do without calculating a new definition of motion), but I can update you on my discoveries about General Relativity.

As I mentioned in my last post (over two months ago…), I had a chance to talk to Korean physicist Min Seong Lee about my ideas on relativity, and what he had to say enlightened me in a few ways, both positive and negative.

First, it turns out that the problem I found in relativity is actually only a problem in the oversimplification of the theory that is used to explain it to high schoolers. To recap, my problem with the theory was that a simple warp in space time would cause particles to curve in observed space, but not at all in the way we see gravity behaving, and it would never accelerate a particle from a stationary position relative to the space-time. To solve this problem, I proposed that instead of mass warping space-time, space-time moves towards mass. What Min Seong pointed out to me is that, while a particle may be stationary relative to the three dimensions of space, no particle is ever stationary relative to time. Time is always flowing, providing the moving dimension that I proposed was necessary to create motion within space. I am still not sure entirely how this works, even though he showed me an equation that demonstrated how moving time acceleration (or if I did, I have forgotten my understanding in the months it has taken me to get this written down).

Now, the happy part of this is that, because of the moving time aspect and some of the math involved, my idea is basically just another way to say what already existed in the theory, so while I wasn’t the first to come up with this idea (though maybe the first to state it the way I did), my idea was, in fact, correct (or at least mostly so). While I may be merely following in the footsteps of minds greater than mine, it is still exciting to follow their footsteps with my own mind, rather than getting pushed along the path in a stroller. Textbooks are great for learning things, and I would never have been able to discover what I have without the foundation they gave me, but there is nothing like discovering cool science stuff for yourself.

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January Update and Science Video

Well, my prediction came true. I got no work done on this website this month, and barely kept up with family life. However, I was able to refresh myself (somewhat–I’m exhausted now), and I feel like I’m alive again. Also, this semester should, in theory, be easier on me than last semester. I will be working as much as possible, plus some school, but not much school, and the work will be in the evenings, so I can do school in the mornings, work in the evenings, and do website stuff in between. Because I will have less (and likely easier/more interesting) school, and will be working, I will likely feel more fulfilled and productive, which will make me more likely to get website stuff done instead of just taking naps, reading, playing games, and generally wasting my free time like I mostly did this semester.  All that is to say that I got nothing done this month, but I feel better, and should both get more done and continue to feel better next month.

Now, on to the fun stuff–this guy never disappoints. This video is from Thursday, and I got to watch it just a few minutes after he posted it. I think I put his original Prince Rupert’s Drop video in another update, but in case you don’t know what a Prince Rupert’s Drop is, or need a refresher, I put the original video below the new one (he also links to it in the new one before he goes into the main demonstration stuff). This thing is amazing. I should probably come up with some sort of science idea based on/inspired by it.

Anyway, happy new year, and God bless.

Matter Follow-up

I recently got a really cool confirmation on my matter idea. A Korean family stayed at my house last week, and the dad was a theoretician. He teaches quantum physics at a university in South Korea, and was here on a research trip. I jumped at the chance to get an educated opinion on my ideas, and had him read my Ultramatter, Gravity Shield, and Matter ideas. He was ecstatic to find a student that actually cared about school, instead of just being in it for the grade and degree, and he gave me his email address so we could keep in touch and he could give his input on my other ideas as he reads them, but the most exciting part was his response to my matter idea. As soon as he read the main concept about matter being a vibration, he said, “How did you know…?”

Apparently, one of the main concepts of quantum physics is the idea that matter, in its most basic form, is a vibration. On the one hand it’s slightly disappointing that I did not think of it first, but on the other hand, this means I figured out quantum physics (or at least part of it), which, needless to say, is really encouraging. One of my ideas was actually correct, at least to an extent! The Korean dad pointed me to the Grand Unity Theory, which is one of various Unified Field Theories, which attempt to explain all aspects of the universe except for gravity in terms of one field. I tried to read up about it, but it required too much back knowledge and would have taken way too long to research about it, but apparently it theorizes that matter in its most basic form is a vibration. My theory would be a Theory of Everything, because it includes gravity in the things it explains in terms of one field, and Scientists are ultimately hoping to come up with a Theory of Everything, but so far the only theories that are deemed plausible have been Unified Field Theories.

August Update and Science Video

I did no website work this month, but it was by no means an unproductive month. As some of you know, this was National Novel Writing Month, and Gabrielle at Write for the King used the month to go back over her novel and edit it. I am editing it for her, so this meant, in large part, incorporating my edits, but I had not finished them. So this month was spent exclusively on finishing the edits on her book. However, that has been the biggest competition for website work, so now that I am finished with that, I will have more time to devote to finishing this website. So here are my goals for this month:

  1. Decide on a new website name
  2. Purchase a domain in accordance with that name
  3. Get the forum set up

I really can’t project much further. I won’t likely get much website work done, because school will be starting back, and I will be doing several dual enrollment courses, teaching, working, and a few normal homeschool courses, but I should be able to work with the person who is helping me with the website to at least learn how to operate it all better.

I have some website name ideas, and I will try to get a post out about that soon, and I would really appreciate any feedback you can give me. I hope to base it on a quote from a Christian scientist about the linkage between God and Science.

In the meantime, I will leave you with one of my favorite Smarter Every Day videos to chew on.

July Update and Science Video

Thank you guys for your patience as I figure out how to work this whole thing.

My website development has taken a new turn. A friend got me in contact with someone who works with WordPress professionally, and who will help me navigate this new world of website administration for free. As a result of my work with him and another friend’s suggestions, I will be upgrading to the self-hosted version of WordPress–so no “.wordpress.com” at the end, and increased functionality, including plugins, so I can do a forum without linking to an outside website–and changing the name of the site while I’m at it. However, I will freely admit that I am not good at naming things (hence the current name), so I would love any suggestions you guys have.  Put suggestions in the comments for this post, and if I can’t decide between a few, I will make another post and poll you guys for my decision.

In the meantime, here is another science video. I can’t put them side by side, so you will have to open them in separate windows (they need to be side by side). Enjoy, and God bless.

Update and Cat Flipping Physics

In my last update, I said I would be back to posting by June.  June is here, and I am not quite ready to post.  Last month ended up being very…interesting with life happening all around me. Why does life have to happen? I don’t know when I will be back to posting, as it depends on a number of factors, but here is what is on my plate at the moment:

  1. Finish editing the last four chapters of a book for Gabrielle over at Write for the King
  2. Finish learning the admin console for the forum website I have set up, since a free WordPress account does not allow plugins, which are necessary for a WordPress forum
  3. Finish working on pictures for each of my posts so far
  4. I might be able to get in touch with someone who does website design professionally and get him to help me on this stuff for free, in which case I will probably do a bit more work revamping both this and the forum website
  5. Overcoming a debilitating apathy that has been hanging over me for the past few months, which varies in intensity and has been fairly bad recently

I will also be working this around farm work for my parents and my summer job, but hopefully I will be able to overcome those time suckers enough to post at least once or twice a month.

For now, while you wait for me to make a real post, enjoy this video from Smarter Every Day: