[Paleopsych] Re: Big bang in mm sizes
HowlBloom at aol.com
HowlBloom at aol.com
Fri Jun 10 05:03:14 UTC 2005
As always, we are on the same wavelength, Joel. This article has Ur
Patterns written all over it--patterns that show up on multiple level of emergence,
patterns that metaphors can capture.
Why are these patterns so easily graspable by metaphor? Because metaphor is
one concrete example of an Ur Pattern that repeats itself on multiple
levels. Meaning that metaphor is not just a literary trick. It is a way of
capturing something deep and repetitive in this cosmos--a deep structure if you
prefer to use Noam Chomsky's vocabulary.
Not all metaphors are valid. But when you find the right one for the
phenomenon you're watching, you've hit gold.
And never forget, math is metaphor in disguise. Onward--Howard
In a message dated 6/9/2005 2:23:17 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
isaacsonj at hotmail.com writes:
Plasma in reactors echoes distribution of galaxies
11 June 2005
NewScientist.com news service
NUCLEAR fusion reactors could be used to study what the universe was like
just after the big bang. So claims a physicist who noticed that the plasma
created inside these reactors is distributed in a strikingly similar way to
galaxies in today's universe.
Nils Basse of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology does not normally
concern himself with events in the early universe. Instead, he studies
turbulence in the plasma created in fusion reactors. But when he chanced
upon the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) - which is mapping a quarter of the
sky in detail - he noticed something uncanny. The mathematical equation
governing the distribution of voids and galaxies looks remarkably like the
one describing the millimetre-sized knots and clots of plasma in the
Wendelstein 7-AS "stellarator" fusion reactor in Garching, Germany (Physics
Letters A, vol 340, p 456).
Basse argues that the distribution of galaxies today could be the result of
variations in the density of plasma after the big bang. "I think it all
comes from turbulence in the very early universe," he says. "[The galaxy
distribution today] is just a blow-up of what was going on at that point."
This suggests that stellarator reactors could serve as models of the early
But cosmologist Daniel Eisenstein of the University of Arizona in Tucson,
who works on the SDSS project, disagrees. He points out that the kind of
plasma that Basse describes existed only for the first millisecond after the
big bang, and that epoch ended too soon to influence the large scale
structure of today's universe. Eisenstein calculates that the largest
structure that could have arisen because of any such primordial density
variations would only stretch a few light years across today.
“The plasma created inside fusion reactors is distributed in a strikingly
similar way to galaxies in today's universe”Eisenstein also says that
Basse's claim is difficult to reconcile with the results of the Wilkinson
Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which has mapped the distribution of the
oldest light in the universe dating back to some 380,000 years after the big
bang. This "baby picture" of the cosmos yields markedly different density
fluctuations to the SDSS map. "I don't see any way to get turbulence into
this mix without throwing out all the [WMAP] data," Eisenstein says. "And
that's very powerful data."
>From issue 2503 of New Scientist magazine, 11 June 2005, page 8
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