Mike Ivsin has written a book that challenges current thinking about the nature of matter. And while the author is thoroughly familiar with theories put forth by modern physicists to explain the weirdness of our universe, he reaches back in time to the creative and often misunderstood ideas of Pythagoras, a Greek who lived circa 500 BC, and who gave his name to the Pythagorean Theorem. But Pythagoras was much more than a dabbler in mathematics; he saw numbers as key to the understanding of everything and he founded a mystical school whose teachings were imparted in secret to initiates. His greatest influence was on the study of geometry and his symbol was the ten-dot tetractys
You'll get plenty of new ideas about geometry in this book. Especially fascinating is the information on planetary movement forming geometric shapes, and the results obtained when you combine the orbits of more than one planet (for instance Venus-Earth). In turn, these relate to the musical scale. It seems the "music of the spheres" is encoded into our universe in mathematical relationships.
If numbers are the key to understanding, then one must understand numbers. In this book, you'll learn about those numbers now called "irrational" but called "unspeakables" or "incommensurable" by Pythagoreans. The "transcendentals" are numbers that cannot be written, as they would be of infinite length. Some irrationals represent shapes that have special meaning for human consciousness. For instance, irrational numbers form the Golden Ratio (1.61.. to 1) used since ancient times in formal architecture that is especially pleasing to the eye. The Great Pyramid incorporates this ratio and, interestingly, it is also frequently found in nature (seashells, pinecones, etc.).
Applied to musical notes, some irrationals are pleasing and some not, but all are incredibly rich in timbre, for they belong to the virtual world. Pythagoreans believed numbers come alive when they manifest in objects, but irrationals cannot be expressed with mathematic precision in the material world. Irrational numbers are intractable, which Ivsin equates with being not computable. Even a supercomputer cannot calculate intractable numbers, and simulations soon become inaccurate.
Plato was a Pythagorean who founded a school that lasted 900 years. He attempted to explain the mystery of dual realities by a metaphor. The Cave of the Shadows was a theoretical place where prisoners had to learn of objects, not by seeing the thing itself, but by seeing its shadow. When faced with the real object, how would they regard the shadow?
Reality, we learn, is dual - real and virtual, or, one could say, visible and invisible. Both electrons and light are particles that can spread and become virtual. Free electrons pass easily from real to virtual, their energy transformed into "vivibration" (virtual energy). Is the virtual world the world of irrational numbers? Where do electrons go when the waveform collapses?
In this book you will learn about hyperstates based on mass, force and distance, each with the possibility of zero to three degrees of independence. This is complicated, but the book provides illustrations and tables that help clarify the concepts.
Throughout the book, there are small poems, quotations and stories. Some seem a bit mysterious, but that is the point. Reality is mysterious and understanding does not come only from looking at equations. Mike Ivsin skillfully weaves in these snippets as well as imaginary conversations with Newton and, at the end of the book, with the Creator. Throughout the book are tantalizing tales from the lives of the sages who shaped our modern ideas about the universe. We meet Euclid, Plato, Newton, Kepler, Planck, Schrodinger and many others during this journey that begins with the meaning of momentum and ends with an understanding of balance between real and virtual reality.
The author is highly critical of some of the ideas that have become accepted by modern physicists. He does not believe in black holes and he does not believe light can exert pressure on a mirror. He is adamant that experiments could prove that light is virtual (meaning it cannot exert pressure) if only scientists would do the experiments. Ivsin weighs in on the double-slit experiment and other milestones of physics, providing fresh ideas about the concepts that have shaped current thinking about the nature of reality.
This is not your usual book about physics. It is filled with original and thoughtful ideas, blended with ancient ideas that have survived and continue to reveal hidden meaning. You may agree or disagree with this modern Pythagorean, but on every page you will be challenged.