Questions of the Universe

questions-of-universeWhen I began to write Believe Me I was amazed at how little I knew about the physical world around me. My main character, Lucy Delano, is an astrophysicist at the University of Maryland so I had to know something about stars and the universe, right? I started, as I often do when I begin research on a subject I know very little about, in the children’s library. I like books with big writing and lots of pictures.

I would bring these books back home and delve in. A great by product of this ritual was that my children would delve in too. We would sit down and wonder at the pictures and marvel at the facts.

We learned:
Why the sky is blue.
How far away we are from the closest star outside our solar system.
How old the universe is.
The location of Mommy’s car keys.

One of our favorite books was Merlin’s Tour of the Universe by the director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil de Grasse Tyson. Only when I had tackled the basics was I allowed to move onto some great books like:

A Brief History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking
Big Bang by Simon Singh
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
The Canon by Natalie Angier

All of which reminded me how little I knew and, even more, how little I know. Sometimes I don’t even know what questions to ask. But as that great brainy dude, Einstein, once said, The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Even if the answers sometimes make your head ache!

It’s Believe Me’s publication day today. Wish me luck….

photo by rAmmoRRison (flickr)

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  1. Joe Nahhas

    E=mc²/2
    2009 is the end of Einstein’s space-jail of time and Fraud symbol E=mc²
    Joenahhas1958@yahoo.com
    Time is not a structure like space to allow space-to time-back to space jumping claimed by Physicists regardless of what physicists have to say about it because Physics is a business and not necessarily science or scientific and like every business it comes with fraud and fraud is Einstein’s space-time (x, y, z, it) continuum that led to fraud symbol E=mc² and yes I am saying that 109 years of Nobel prize winners physics and physicists are all wrong and space-time physics is based on scientific fraud. When “results” expected and “No” discovery, Physicists rigged Physics for grant money since the start of the industrial revolution. Physics today is at least 51 % fraud!
    r ——————>>Exp (ì w t) ———->> S=r Exp (ì wt) Nahhas’ Equation
    Orbit——–>> Orbit light sensing——>> Visual Orbit; Exp = Exponential
    Particle —->> light sensing of moving objects———— >> Wave
    Newton———>>light sensing———->> Quantum
    Quantum = Newton x Visual Effects
    Quantum – Newton = Relativistic = Optical Illusions
    E (Energy by definition) = mv²/2 = mc²/2; if v = c
    m = mass; v= speed; c= light speed; w= angular velocity; t= time
    S = r Exp (ì w t) = r [cos (wt) + ì sin (wt)] Visual effects
    P = visual velocity = change of visual location
    P = d S/d t = v Exp (ì w t) + ì w r Exp (ì w t)
    = (v + ì w r) Exp (ì w t) = v (1 + ì) Exp (ì w t) = visual speed; v = wr
    E (visual energy= what you see in lab) = m p²/2; replace v by p in E = mv²/2
    = m p²/2 = m v²/2 (1 + ì) ² Exp (2ì wt)
    = mv²/2 (2ì) [cosine (2wt) + ì sine (2wt)]
    =ì mv² [1 – 2 sine² (wt) + 2 ì sine (wt) cosine (wt)];v = speed; c = light speed
    wt = π/2
    E (visual) = ìmv² (1 – 2 + 0)
    E (visual) = -ì mc² ≡ mc² (absolute value;-ì = negative complex unit) If v = c
    w t = π/4
    E (visual) = imv² [1-1 +ỉ] =-mc²; v = c
    wt =-π/4+ỉln2/2; 2ỉ wt=-ỉπ/2 – ln2
    Exp (2i wt) = Exp [-ỉπ/2] Exp [ln(1/2)]=[-ỉ (1/2)]
    E (visual) = imv² (-ỉ/2) =1/2mc² v = c
    Conclusion: E = mc² is the visual Illusion of E = mc²/2 joenahhas1958@yahoo.com. All rights reserved.
    PS: In case of E=mc² claims to be rest energy claims then
    E=1/2m (m v + m’ r) ² = (1/2m) (m’ r) ²; v = 0
    E = (1/2m) (mc) ²; m’ r =mc
    E=mc²/2

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