Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Fri Feb 11, 2011 4:44 pm

In the various discussions this site has been linked to on occasion. It has tons of formula with many ready for-you-to-add-values and compute results. Click on the many links and get familiar with the site.

When you have a Math problem, find the formula that makes sense and start entering values.

HyperPhysics is an exploration environment for concepts in physics which employs concept maps and other linking strategies to facilitate smooth navigation. For the most part, it is laid out in small segments or "cards", true to its original development in HyperCard. The entire environment is interconnected with thousands of links, reminiscent of a neural network. The bottom bar of each card contains links to major concept maps for divisions of physics, plus a "go back" feature to allow you to retrace the path of an exploration. The side bar contains a link to the extensive Index, which itself is composed of active links. That sidebar also contains links to relevant concept maps. The rationale for such concept maps is to provide a visual survey of conceptually connected material, and it is hoped that they will provide some answers to the question "where do I go from here?". Whether you need further explanation of concepts which underly the current card content, or are seeking applications which go beyond it, the concept map may help you find the desired information.

Part of the intent for this exploration environment is to provide many opportunities for numerical exploration in the form of active formuli and standard problems implemented in Javascript. An active exploration in physics will typically lead you to something which needs to be quantified, and it is hoped that the many Javascript-enabled calculations will provide many opportunities to answer "What if .." type questions.

New content for HyperPhysics will be posted as it is developed. The intent is to maintain the entire HyperPhysics project on the Web with stable locations so that links to it may be established with confidence that they will be there for an extended period of time. As the basic phase nears completion, the author is interested in extensions to specific applied areas. If you are interested in developing specific material for a specialized course, you might consider building it upon this framework with links to HyperPhysics to provide the basic conceptual background. The entire HyperPhysics project can be made available on a cross-platform CD ROM since it will remain compatible with the standard web browsers.

The site lists the references they used to generate the models. ... ef.html#c1
Mechanics References

Barger, V. and Olsson, M., Classical Mechanics, A Modern Perspective, McGraw-Hill, 1973

Bascom, Willard, Waves and Beaches, Doubleday, 1964.

Beiser, Arthur, Perspectives of Modern Physics, McGraw-Hill, 1969

Bernoulli vs Newton, NASA,

Blackwood, O.H., Kelly, W.C. and Bell, R. M., General Physics, 4th Ed., Wiley, 1973

Blatt, Modern Physics, McGraw-Hill, 1992

Brett, Jennifer, "Facts counter fears about big rigs", Atlanta Journal, June 29, 1999, B1

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Eastlake, Charles N., "An Aerodynamicist's View of Lift, Bernoulli, and Newton", The Physics Teacher 40, 166 (March 2002).

Fowles, G. R. and Cassiday, G. L., Analytical Mechanics, 5th Ed., Saunders College Publishing, 1993. Used for rocket example.

Gonzalez, Guillermo and Richards, Jay W., The Privileged Planet, Regnery Publishing, 2004.

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Gustafson, Daniel R., Physics: Health and the Human Body, Wadsworth, 1980.

Halliday & Resnick, Fundamentals of Physics, 3E, Wiley 1988

Halliday , Resnick, Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, 5E,Extended, Wiley 1997

Hobbie, Russell K., Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, 2nd Ed, Wiley, 1988.

Jones, Edwin R (Rudy) and Childers, Richard L, Contemporary College Physics, Addison-Wesley, 1990. 2nd Ed 1993. A well-illustrated non-calculus introductory physics text.

Klarreich, Erica, "Navigating Celestial Currents", Science News 167, 250, April 16, 2005.

Lowell, J. and McKell, H. D., "The Stability of Bicycles", Am. J. Phys. 50, 1106, 1982.

Macdonald, G. A., Shephard, F. P. and Cox, D. C., Pacific Science, 1:21-37, 1947.

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Mayo, Ned, "Ocean Waves-Their Energy and Power", Physics Teacher 35, 352, September 1997.

Nave, C R and Nave, Brenda, Physics for the Health Sciences, 3rd Ed., W. B. Saunders, 1985

Sears, Zemansky,Young and Freedman, University Physics, 10th Ed., Addison-Wesley, 2000

Serway, Raymond, Physics for Scientists and Engineers,with Modern Physics, 3rd Ed, Saunders College Publishing, 1990.

Snow, T. P., The Dynamic Universe, West Publishing, 1983

Tipler, Paul A., Physics Third Edition Extended, Worth Publishers, 1991

von Arx, William S., An Introduction to Physical Oceanography, Addison-Wesley, 1962.

Watts, Robert G. and Ferrer, Ricardo, The lateral force on a spinning sphere: Aerodynamics of a curveball, American Journal of Physics 55, 40, Jan 1987.

Young, Hugh D., University Physics, 7th Ed., Addison Wesley, 1992.

Notice, that the books are older editions. Basic Science hasn't changed that much, so buy the older editions and save.
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:55 pm

I need to mention a video that ETSubmariner posted up in another thread that you simply have to watch.

Double layers . . . in water

This is the video.

Water, Energy, and Life: Fresh Views From the Water's Edge

The video is also available from the UWTV page, with the option to download an audio or video copy.

Water, Energy, and Life: Fresh Views From the Water's Edge ... ?rID=22222

Please download the video from either YouTube or UWTV, and watch it many times. It allows for modeling plasma behavior in a visible way. Using water and the micro beads that Pollack mentions, it should be possible to duplicate, at the particle level, the classic Birkeland terrella, and the Langmuir sheathe effect, and have it be visible to video. Also, it gives a way to model the aether and explain the results found in Dayton Miller's Ether-Drift Experiments.

Here is his website.

Pollack Laboratory

There are links to a huge number of published papers, and there are books available from Amazon. This is gold. Thanks to ETSubmariner.
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:05 pm

I've just harvested all of the pdf files that are on the Pollack site, forty so far, and this one caught my eye.


Abstract - This paper considers problems with the scientific culture and granting systems, the most important of which is an aversion to risk. Grant awards tend to be "safe" rather than bold. This discourages the fresh approaches that may bring important breakthroughs. The paper then suggests remedies that could restore the scientific enterprise to one that is friendlier to fresh thinking.

Key words: Grants, reviewer conservatism, risk taking, scientific culture, remedies


The thoughts contained herein arise in part from my experience as a frequent dissenter from prevailing orthodoxy, and in part from my experiences attending workshops convened to address problems with granting systems. Inevitably, such experiences generate ideas. In this case, they have brought modest insights into how granting systems might better serve transformative approaches that challenge the status quo. At present, such approaches have little chance of success. Yet they are the very ones that could bring spectacular advances.

Here, I outline the problems as I see them with today’s system of doing science, and their etiology. I also suggest remedies that could enhance scientists’ natural proclivity to seek the truth. Some of these thoughts have been passed on to the funding agencies in the context of campaigns designed to make the peer-review system more responsive to highly innovative, "out of the box" approaches. Others are new.

If you do nothing else, you need to read this paper. I was on the other side of this equation during my time at the NMDOT. I paid out the grants to the professors who then produced nothing for that money, and my bosses wanted it that way. The discussion starting on page three hits too close to home.
In short, the culture has deflected scientists from their singularly noble goal of pursuing truth. Just keep it safe, and get your funding. We have evolved into a culture of obedient sycophants, bowing politely to the high priests of orthodoxy.
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:45 pm

I found this series of links along the way. This is another example of the fundamental moment when Astronomy took the wrong path.

Harlow Shapley

The Great Debate

The Shapley - Curtis Debate in 1920
The Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe
What the Great Debate was, how it was resolved, and why it was important.
A subjective abstract in three short paragraphs.
Published version of the 'Great Debate.' This is a reprint of the texts of Great Debate published in 1921 in the Bulletin of the National Research Council by Shapley and Curtis.
The 'Great Debate:' What Really Happened by Michael Hoskin, editor of the Journal for the History of Astronomy. This is a reprint of an article appearing in the Journal for the History of Astronomy discussing reality and myths about the 1920 event. The article includes text from the actual notes used by Shapley and slides used by Curtis. ... 07%2E1133T
"The 1920 Shapley-Curtis Discussion: Background, Issues, And Outcome". This excellent review of the historical context, personalities, and scientific issues relevant to the Great Debate is the written version of the presentation given by noted astronomer and author Virginia Trimble as part of the 75th anniversary debate program.
A long bibliography for the 1920 Great Debate. This collection of over one hundred articles and books was compiled by Robert W. Smith, a historian working at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
A short bibliography for the 1920 Great Debate. Five key books and articles about the Great Debate.
A lesson plan for teaching undergraduates about the Great Debate. The lesson plan consists of an outline, a lecture, suggested classroom uses for the plan, and 10 review questions.
A Glossary of terms used in the Great Debate.

This is one of the books on Google that you should download as well.

The scale of the universe, Issue 11 By Harlow Shapley, Heber Doust Curtis ... &q&f=false
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:26 am

The following DVDs are now available.

Wonders of the Solar System

- Brian Cox is the new Carl Sagan. 99.99% of everything he says in the episodes are unsupported by actual facts.

The next two are pure SciFi, not reality.

Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking

Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (2010)
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Thu May 05, 2011 12:45 pm

Watch this episode of Charlie Rose to start coming up to speed on Math, etc...

Salman Khan of

Then watch the TED video:

Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education ... ation.html

Then go check out for his video lessons.

Bookmark the site and use it to come up to speed on anything. There is no reason to not know stuff anymore. We have the resources.

I'm going to try and finally learn Differential Equations. I failed the course twice in college. HA!

The point of the videos is not just to learn, but as examples of how the Team can teach EU/Plasma Cosmology. The guy started from home posting on YouTube. He is still essentially doing all of the videos himself.

If the EU guys can't make coherent ten minute lessons based on these examples, then oh well....
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:15 pm

Another Velikovsky book reissued from Paradigma Publishing.

Peoples of the Sea
Vol. III of Ages in Chaos
Immanuel Velikovsky
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:47 pm

More fun Science Fiction on PBS. HA!

The Fabric of the Cosmos ... -of-cosmos

It is amazing to watch the show now that I'm aware of EU theory. I keep shouting, "No, Dr. Greene! That's Dogma, not Science."
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:15 am

For those people who have been tracking Clif High and his website HalPastHuman, he recently started reading the books about the New Chronology by Fomenko and has created some interest in the books.

This is the interview he did November 1st.

(11-1-11) Webbot Clif high with mystery interviewer...

The books are available on Amazon.

Thanks to Piper for finding the books on Google, so you can read them before buying.

History: Fiction or Science? Chronology 1 ... CC4Q6AEwAA

History: Fiction or Science?: Volume 2 ... CDMQ6AEwAQ

Bookmark the pages for easy access.
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:15 pm

I found some great posters. The EU guys should think about coming up with something similar for sale.

Contemporary Physics Education Project

Fundamental Particles and Interactions
poster-fun-lg1.jpg (36.9 KiB) Viewed 18161 times

Plasma Physics and Fusion
poster-fus-lg1.jpg (37.36 KiB) Viewed 18161 times ... -Front.PDF

The History and Fate of the Universe
poster-uni-lg1.jpg (35.77 KiB) Viewed 18161 times

Nuclear Science
poster-nuc-lg1.jpg (31.49 KiB) Viewed 18161 times
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby mharratsc » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:46 am

That's not a bad idea at all, but I would suggest that they firstly be aimed at higher education to begin with, and then allowed to 'trickle down' to more elementary education levels after some time has passed.

The reason I say this is - I have children in elementary school (North America) and I can tell you that no teacher in their right mind is willing to step outside of sanctioned curricula in this job market. In my opinion, the most rudimentary form of the dogmatic form of the sciences can be found at this base level. It is not directly taught to the children, but they are exposed to it daily for years, and I think it slowly imprints into their brains that 'this is the way things are' in the sciences.

Hell, it's where their little imaginations start to get squashed in the first place! They get the message that it's okay to believe in fantasy, sorcery, magics of all sorts, but it's not okay to be imaginative in the sciences!

Mike H.

"I have no fear to shout out my ignorance and let the Wise correct me, for every instance of such narrows the gulf between them and me." -- Michael A. Harrington
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:40 pm

Remember, the posters are for us. Wouldn't you like to have a series of posters on your wall showing the various EU stuff. I bet that they would sell like hotcakes at the various conferences going on. HA!
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:29 pm

This is another great example of a video/animation that the Team can create.

Ignore the consensus science, and visualize doing this kind of video on a regular basis.

Why Can't We See Evidence of Alien Life? ... 2apGYUX7Q0

Why Can't We See Evidence of Alien Life? ... 2/apr/25/1
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:22 pm

Here's more great examples.

Just How Small is an Atom?

How Many Universes are There?
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Re: Caltech: The Mechanical Universe

Unread postby allynh » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:01 pm

Watch the video and then download the program. It is a web based emulator that pulls the data from the web, so that it takes less space on your system. It does require a high speed hookup.

These are the videos, on TED and YouTube.

Jon Nguyen: Tour the solar system from home ... _home.html

TEDxSanDiego 2011 - Viet (Jon) Nguyen - NASA Eyes on the Solar System

This is the web site.

Eyes on the Solar System
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