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81. Btt And Surreality [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 93: May-Jun 1994 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Btt And Surreality If you think that Beloff's "rent" in the fabric of the cosmos is a bizarre concept, it's because you haven't heard about BTT. Named after S. Banach and A. Tarski, the Banach-Tarski Theorems (BTT) were conceived 70 years ago, and they have challenged common sense ever since. Of course, no one expects that all branches of mathematics will mirror physical reality; but BTT is definitely ultra-weird, so much so that we had to invent that adjective! Take, for example, this specific BTT result presented by B. Augenstein: "In particular, a solid sphere with unit radius can be cut into five pieces in such a way that two of the pieces can be reassembled into one solid sphere with unit radius, while the other three pieces are reassembled into a second solid sphere with unit radius. These are the minimum numbers of pieces required to do the trick ...
82. Monitor [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... rather fanciful. As he points out, Stecchini's fit of data (in SECRETS OF THE GREAT PYRAMID) is far more precise than Wilson's. Johnson's conclusion notes that Wilson has presented no proof of the advanced astronomical knowledge amongst the ancient Egyptians which his theory requires, and so "the arcane insights of pyramidology offer no test of the validity of Velikovskian astrophysics."- PURSUIT Fall 1980, p. 151-4 Saturn's Braided 'F-ring' These two reports, complete with diagrams, tell of the theoretical work being done in explanation of the bizarre shaped F-ring of Saturn, which has a "braided" appearance. S. F. Dermott of Cornell University, writing for NATURE suggests that the ring is produced by resonance effects with the two small moons that orbit on either side of the ring, producing wave effects in the ring particles and the appearance of clumping. His theory requires that the larger of the two shepherding particles should be the outer one: however, as the NEW SCIENTIST piece points out, the data so far from Voyager suggests the two moons are ...
83. Earth collision [SIS Internet Digest $]
... (maybe it's> the reason for the weak atmosphere as well) I would like> to hear your views on this. The Tharsis area is noted for volcanoes- Nix Olymipica is there, the largest one. The region "bulges" because of uplift from ancient volcanism. There is no corresponding impact scar on the opposite side of the planet from Tharsis. From: Ross Cunniff, email@example.com Date: 21 Sep 1995 15:51:31 GMT Although, interestingly, the Alba Patera (with all of its bizarre fossae, i.e. grooved terrain) is almost directly opposite Hellas Planitia- the lowest point on Mars, and quite possibly a large impact basin. And Alba Patera is "only" about 30 degrees or so from the Tharsis bulge. What does this mean? Beats me. could be a coincidence. Ross Cunniff, Hewlett-packard Graphics Software Lab. ...
84. Remarks from the Portland Symposium 3-5 Jan 1997 [SIS Internet Digest $]
... to help out on conference organisation, pitching his tent in our office up to the day we headed out to the conference. It gave us a splendid opportunity to compare notes, relating the historical argument of the Saturn theory to the domains of his own research. The results were stunning. Dwardu mentioned yesterday the remarkable accord between the plasma discharge illustrated by Wal and the global-historical imagery of what I've called the 'radiant Venus'. The ancient imagery of the "Great Star" involves a symmetry that will strike the observer as both bizarre and outrageous. In the real world, why would material stretching from Venus toward Saturn divide itself into three, then four, equally distributed streams (the 3- and 4-rayed star of Venus)? As Wal explained it to me, if we had not hypothesised such a symmetry, he would have suspected something was wrong. In fact, it was the observed symmetry that helped to convince him of the link to plasma physics. As clarified by Wal, it is in the character of the plasma discharge that, a ...
85. Plenitude of New Worlds Challenges Skills of Planetary Modelers [SIS Internet Digest $]
... (70 Virginis and HD 114762) have large planets that swoop close to their stars and then out again, almost like huge comets. In a paper to appear in the Astrophysical Journal, Lin and Shigeru Ida of the Tokyo Institute of Technology suggest that each star may have possessed a massive disk of gas and dust, spawning several large planets. Within a few million years, the pernicious effects of gravity could have perturbed the planets sufficiently to make their orbits cross. Then, inevitable collisions created a single enormous object with a bizarre orbital path. If this notion sounds vaguely familiar, it should: Immanuel Velikovsky proposed that similar events in our own solar system could explain certain oddities in the rotations and positions of planets. Velikovsky's 1950 book Worlds in Collision went way off the deep end, but Lin acknowledges that the basic premise has merit-- if not here, than elsewhere. "Dynamics among planets and within a planetary disk is a very rich game," he says. For instance, our outer solar system is "marginally stable." ...
86. Martian Metamorphoses [SIS Internet Digest $]
... aeon/mars.htm Martian Metamorphoses: The Planet Mars in Ancient Myth and Religion. A Book by Ev Cochrane Earthlings have long been fascinated by the planet Mars. Well before modern science fiction speculated about advanced civilizations upon Mars and the dire threat of invasion by little green men, the red planet was regarded as a malevolent agent of war, pestilence, and apocalyptic disaster. In an attempt to appease the capricious planet-god, various ancient cultures offered it human sacrifices. What is there about this distant speck of light that could inspire such bizarre conceptions culminating in ritual murder? And how do we account for the fact that virtually identical beliefs are to be found around the globe, in the New World as well as the Old? The present book will seek to address such questions. In Babylonian astronomical texts, for example, the planet Mars is routinely identified with the war-god Nergal. We will have reason to examine the cult of Nergal in great detail, arguing that it is impossible to understand the traditions surrounding this god apart from ancient conceptions surrounding the red planet ...
87. German Conference: from Gunnar Heinsohn [SIS Internet Digest $]
... the Dark Age of Greece abolished by Velikovsky in 1945. The finest papers were on scientific dating. The most original was given by a forest botanist-- Menting-- who tried to explain how his field sees the reforestation of Europe after the end of the Ice Age 12,000 or 13,000 before present. The botanists know that today it takes 60 to 100 years to cover a certain space with forests as we know them in Europe. They discard this knowledge when dealing with the post-glacial past by invoking wonderfully bizarre ad hoc hypotheses why, then, the same biological processes had required 1,000 to 2,000 years. When, in Wie Alt Ist Das Menschengeschlecht? (How Ancient is Man?, 1996, p.112), I brought down the date for the appearance of homo sapiens sapiens from -30,000 to -2,100 I had none of this expertise. Of high interest to me was a talk on Chinese chronology which-- according to the Russian scholar Morozow-- was built in the 17/18th ...
88. More on Ancient Astronomy [SIS Internet Digest $]
... since omens were not written to glorify the king, an historical reliability superior to that of other forms of cuneiform literature can be expected (Finkelstein, 1963, 463; cf. Biggs, 1967, 117ff.). As it turns out, the amount of specific information contained in celestial omens which might contribute to, say, political or economic history, is miniscule. But the numerous descriptions of celestial phenomena are an important chapter in the history of science, and my approach in this paper is that, regardless of how bizarre a description may be, the omens are treated first of all as descriptions of real events. It is beyond my capabilities to assess completely the historical reliability of every text. Nevertheless, the following would seem to indicate that actual events are described in most cases. The fact that omens relating to meteors, etc., are few in number, compared to omens pertaining to the sun, moon, eclipses, fixed stars, etc., compares well with the realities of nature. Almost all of the phenomena described fit ...
89. The Bible Through a King James Filter [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... immediately after the statements: "The waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled..." (vv. 6-7), this line is not difficult to fit to a context. We have only scratched the surface of the examples we might have chosen to support Velikovsky's contention that "the words of Isaiah and of other seers and penmen of the Old Testament do not leave any room for doubt that by 'stones falling from the sky' were meant meteorites" (8) and that other references of a bizarre nature should likewise be taken literally. If only we could be more confident of reading the texts with the meanings and allusions they were intended by their authors to have! It should be remembered, further, that the Hebrew texts of the Old Testament are the most familiar and accessible material to us. Translators have far more knowledge of ancient Hebrew usage and idiom to draw upon than they have of the comparable Egyptian, Babylonian, Ugaritic, Hittite, etc. It is still clearly presumptuous to hope for a Catastrophist Version of ...
90. Eros so Much Rock So Little Gravity [SIS Internet Digest $]
... Eros is so weak "that intuition and calculation tell you that most of the debris produced in a collision would have escaped-- but the surface is full of it." Veverka explains: "We have several possibilities. One is that we simply don't understand cratering events on small objects, and somehow the debris gets thrown out at very low speeds. Or the ejected material ends up in the same orbit as Eros, and over time the asteroid runs back into its own debris and gathers it up, which is equally bizarre. We simply don't understand this." Veverka, professor of astronomy at Cornell, is the principal investigator on the multi-spectral imager (MSI), or camera, and the NEAR infrared spectrometer (NIS), two of the five instruments on board NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft (known as NEAR Shoemaker),which has been in orbit around Eros since Feb. 14. Between that date and April 1, the four teams managing the instrument packages probed the elongated asteroid for its mass distribution, elemental composition and topography ...
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