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Old 09-09-2002, 01:55 AM
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What is Grand Unified Theory?

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Old 09-09-2002, 02:06 AM
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I'm glad you asked!

There are actually multiple "GUT's" but none have been fully proven. (not enough data I guess....) I have not read much about it in several years but it's essentially an attempt by physicists to "unify the weak and strong electromagnetic interactions" It's basically an attempt to explain every interaction in nature. i.e. - A "theory of everything".

Anyone else care to elaborate or correct my glaring errors...I can't remember if GUT is the same as Unified Field Theory or a part of it... ??
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Old 09-09-2002, 02:14 AM
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Ughhh.. my head is already spinning. You are lucky that you can mix those left and right brain functions. My dad (the NASA meterologist ) is opposite me (the artist) and neither one of us venture very far to "the other side", though I am better at it than he.
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Old 09-09-2002, 02:21 AM
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I tried once to venture a little too far over to the "other side" and found my head spinning as well! My days learning computer languages were very brief...but I do like to read about all types of science and get a lot of inspiration for my art, even if I do not always fully understand it all!
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Old 09-09-2002, 02:22 AM
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You don't live in Roswell, do you?
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Old 09-09-2002, 02:23 AM
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No, worse...Los Alamos!
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Old 09-09-2002, 10:23 AM
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Los Alamos... we almost moved there a while back for a job. How do you like it? Didn't you just move there from somewhere else?
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Old 09-09-2002, 01:47 PM
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I moved here from North Carolina...it's a very long story but so far I love New Mexico. Los Alamos on the other hand is a bit strange...it's like living in the "Truman Show", were everything is a bit too perfect. No crime, everyone seems very much the same and you always get the feeling you are being watched... I personally can't wait to move to Albuquerque or Santa Fe!
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I tried once to venture a little too far over to the "other side" and found my head spinning as well! My days learning computer languages were very brief...but I do like to read about all types of science and get a lot of inspiration for my art, even if I do not always fully understand it all!
I don't think that science/math/physics are the "other side." Quite the contrary. I am a math teacher, and have always been extremely interested in the nature and origins of the universe. And I am an artist. I don't see any conflict at all, since to me, math concepts and scientific intuitions are also right hemisphere abilities, just as art.

I follow the theory that EVERYTHING is math, which itself is basically "pattern." The great physicist Archibald Wheeler once said of the universe, "All is geometry." Yes, fractal geometry to be specific. As another physicist more recently put it, the "universe is a giant growing fractal."

Fractals are cool. They underlie everything: Life, geology, economic systems, human relationships, human bodies, galaxies...everything you can name has math, fractal math, at its most basic level. Fractal graphs as you know make those wonderful endlessly zoomable designs, so their attachment to art is there as well. More importantly, they allow us to see the world/universe as the glorious whole that it is. Fractal patterns, on vastly different scales, from cosmic galaxies to sub-atomic particles, are the real "grand unification" in the universe.

Don't make the mistake of confusing science and math with strings of computations...that's just the busy work...like cleaning the brushes is to an artist. That's not what math/science are at their fundamental level. Look deeper and you will see the most beautiful art ever created. The entire universe is a zoomable fractal of endless color and form and meaning.

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Old 09-09-2002, 03:17 PM
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Interesting post Phyliss!

I do agree that math, science and art all share some common ground but not everyone has the capacity to fully understand each area. I like math but I know that I will never be able to comprehend the more advanced concepts...at least not on a purely mathematical level. I can understand things on a general or philosophical level but ask me to write code or solve a complex equation and my mind goes blank. On the other hand I can carry on a conversation about art or philosophy and maintain logical arguments even when dealing with the most complex concepts. I guess some people reason and learn better on a verbal and/or visual level than a numerical one. It's like being given one of those math problems where Joe gets on a train going one direction and Jill gets on one going in the opposite, traveling at a different speed. Some people would solve it using just numbers but I used to draw little pictures and diagrams of trains and try to visualize the distance! 9 times out of 10 I came up with the right answer (got all A's in college math!), it was just a different method of arriving at the answer.

Fractals are fascinating! I see them as just being representations of a more profound underlying theory...like "GUT". There has to be some sort of basic pattern that describes why pattern can exist even in chaos. I think part of the problem scientists are having at arriving at that theory is that things DO NOT make sense when you get to a subatomic level. You can only go so far before conventional math and science fall apart and particles begin behaving in a seemingly random and contradictory manner. The universe is, as you say "a zoomable fractal" ...but only up to a point and then things start to fall apart. Maybe we have just not developed a complex enough math to solve this enigma or maybe it really is pure randomness...there are a lot of philosophical and religious questions this raises!

You sound like a cool math teacher! My geometry teacher did not even know what a fractal was and had convinced herself that you could somehow explain the structure of nature using only Euclidian geometry! ...it was somewhat hard to pay attention in class...
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