Thursday, January 6, 2011
Conversion Tables #1
The answers to many of the mysteries of the universe can be found on the inside flap of your PeeChee. The tables printed there list all the conversion factors needed for grade school arithmetic. Imperial into metric, teaspoons into tablespoons, multiplication tables, etc. This is only a small sampling of what is an endless list, and science tells us that less intuitive conversions are possible.
For instance, E=mc squared. Einstein and the atomic bomb tell us that matter can become energy. Taking relativity to a whole new level, Wun-Yi Shu at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan has proposed a model of the universe where the speed of light is the conversion factor that can change space into time and mass into length. This theory says that there is no beginning or end of the universe and there is no need for over 75% of our universe to be Dark Matter (which always seemed like an illogical eraser smudge pointing out the faults of the currently popular universal models.) According to Shu, what we see as space expanding is actually one basic element of reality changing into another.
Perhaps there is a conversion factor to be found for the relationship between any two measurable quantities. That would be elegant. Maybe any unit of any force or mass or distance or charge can be equated with any other. To properly understand our reality, all we need is a notebook large enough to list the cheat sheets.
Posted by Richard Penner at 10:00 AM