Thursday, May 28, 2015

astro pictures for the day

Image credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS/SPIRE/Ke Wang et al. 2015

interstellar clouds are known to be light years in length, but I can't help sharing some of this interstellar gas clouds stats - contains 80,000 solar mass worth of material, 280 light years in length . . . it's diameter is only five light years! This particular gas cloud is 18,000 light years away.

Image Credit: ESO

ESA/Hubble & NASA

Image Credit: Nasa/ Dawn spacecraft of Ceres

- May 28 latest of Ceres,

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA


- some thought for the day extra,

How did the Cartesian plane come about?  Not until the end of section 1 of Descartes "The Geometry"(which is actually an appendix to Descartes "Discourse on the Method", hence it's the only reason to by Descartes 'Discourse'!) does he hint at a Cartesian plane. The majority of what he presents just uses two lines.  When he considers possibly doing his algebraic geometry(not to be confused with modern mathematicians meaning of 'algebraic geometry') to three dimensions, he points out making normals at every dimensional extention from a point of a curve. A normal is a perpendicular line.  He uses normals often to set up his equations, which are quite a bit more than what even today's 'college algebra' students or even Calculus 1 and maybe even two ever see!

It's just interesting how the full general idea didn't come into view till he considered the three dimensional case!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

astro picture for the day/latest of Pluto / absolute disproof of the existence of Jesus Christ?

Image credit: New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) photos, taken May 8-12, 2015

Epistle of James(James the Just?), says 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord." and " 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. "

If Jesus Christ had already existed, then why is James the Just here saying to be patient for Jesus Christ to come?  Because Jesus Christ never did come; in fact, he never existed!  This is proof that Jesus Christ never existed.

And remember, at the end of Revelation, it is said that if a person adds to or takes away from what's written in this bible, he will be destroyed! "
22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life,"

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

thought for the day/ Mythology and Riddles / Note for the day

Image credit: ESA/NASA Hubble Space Telescope

Note for the day edit . . . I have updated my 5/14/11 post about Greek mathematics; just the Thales mathematics posted in the replies section . . . and 'Tuesday, August 7, 2012' post about the ancient mathematics of the circle.  The post originally linked to a mechanical universe episode about circles.  Unfortunately, the mechanical universe series has been taken down from youtube . . . again! You'll have to pay 500 dollars to watch it on your own(yes, I have it . . .).  Hopefully, I can figure out my side and diagonal numbers to those mysterious Archimedes numbers!

- more note for the day, I posted even more mathematical connections in Wednesday, May 11, 2011, my post about Babylonians.  I once again choose to leave the original post as is, and post the new material in the replies section.

- Mythology and Riddles  section -

In Clash of the Titans, the Greek gods deform a prince(Callabus) for hunting down unicorns to where there's only one left. This prince casts a spell on a princess he loves.  He makes  a puzzle for any other would be suitor of this princess. And, if they don't solve it, they get burned at the stake(in the movie is  a scene where a previous suitor gets burned at the stake).

Jacob Bronowski talks about how mathematics and poetry for one share a common property - analogy.  In poetry, that's called similie/metaphor.  In mathematics, it's called abstraction. When I learned of astrotheology, I saw that mythology is poetry, and I hoped to find some connection/evolution from mythology to numbers.  But, I've never found any.

The mythological description of the universe certainly preceded the mathematical(or did it?  archaeologists have found tally sticks dating to tens of thousands of years).  Well, I've found the human conscouse of science/mathematics in mythology in another way now! 

Basically, I've found a certain amount of mythological puzzle testing. The Clash of the Titans example above is of course a contemporary dramatization.

In 1Kings10, a Queen Sheba comes from Kingdome of Saba(contemporary Yemen which is the news lately).  She comes to test King Soloman with puzzles/questions. Unfortunately, the bible doesn't specify what those questions are.  It just says Queen Sheba was enthralled and thouroughly satisfied with King Soloman's answers, and gives him tons of gold, jewels and so on.

Another place mythology poses questions is Greek Sphinxes.  They ask their questions, and if the poor Greek doesn't answer it correctly, the sphinx inevitably kills 'him.'  Appears someone else has beaten me to this idea, so i'll just link to this article I found, which shows that this testing appears awkwardly in a Greek drama! link --> The Riddle of the Sphinx
I like this one picture, because it's of a Sphinx and its riddle on a Greek vase(one of the great cultural hallmarks of that culture back then),
Jesus Christ is also made to pose lots of riddles.  His use of riddles is no better; they're use to hide the truth.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

astro picture for the day

Image credit: NASA/Curiosity rover

Can you guess what planet it is? Lol!

Monday, May 4, 2015

astro picture for the day

Image credit: Nasa/Cassini space probe.

Saturn moon Mimas

Always known as the Death Star planet due to its resemblance to the Star Wars Empire space station; o.k. I'll post a picture of that here also!

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Saturn moon Tethys

Image credit: NASA/CASSINI probe