there will be no order, only chaos
Last weekend i've been to Berlin where i was at the "Deutsches Technikmuseum".
From November 2008 to July 2009 there's a special exhibition called mathema Is Mathematics the Language of Nature?
I can only very recommend it. If you and yours plan a trip to Berlin and you're interested in math and science, the museum is a must-visit!
Next to the special exhibition there's also to see the first mechanical computer from Konrad Zuse, the Z1
, and some of their bigger electronic brothers. They might be not very fast but they all can handle floating point arithmetics - pretty foresighting if you ask me.
But what was really new to me, was that digital processing is originated in the automation of weaving. Not that i try to build a bridge to the string theory
. But after i have watched "Wanted"
with Angelina Jolie i was now sensitized and got the hang that i did not notice when i was there for the first time back in my school days.
It was the weaving machines that introduced wooden punch cards and logical "computation" for weaving patterns into the fabric.
To understand the deepness of my thoughts think about this: In America the atoms of economy are little green sheets of paper with an eye in a pyramid on it. Their velocity is bounded by the speed of light, and when they approach it they behave relativistic. (look at the within-day-trades of banks which send their money many times around the globe within an instant). Imagine these "atoms" as material clusters of quantums (abstract states of probability). And don't forget that money is not real, it's an abstract human invention for the purpose of trade. Now also abstract from time and see how each "atom" displays as a swinging thread in space-time. If you now dare to apply some 'weaving-twists-in-the-fabric-of-space'-string-theoretical ideas to it you maybe get a glimpse of where i point this journal entry: Let's talk about paradigms!
Not really, i would rather like to talk about math and its implications to real life where the chaos is still dominating ... and as far as i know, hope & believe it will always do ...
so there will always be space to grow some order into it, it just might not be the space that we're familiar with. (If you ask me it goes inward)
but back to Berlin! i almost forgot to mention the "Spectrum Science Center" - it's a separate building which belongs to the museum. that means you can also enter it with your museum day ticket.
In the Spectrum you can do and touch hundreds of cool physics experiments. On the first floor is the visual illusions and on the other floors experiments are grouped to the topics mechanics, optics, thermodynamics, even radioactivity (there's a cloud chamber - this is really cool stuff!
), and so on ...
Go there! Really! "10:15, personal note: It's fair to say I'm stepping out on a limb, but I am on the edge and that's where it happens."
~ Maximilllian Cohen