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The fact that the laws of physics are not unchanged under a change of scale was discovered by Galileo. He realized that the strengths of materials were not in exactly the right proportion to their sizes, and he illustrated this property that we were just discussing, about the cathedral of matchsticks, by drawing two bones, the bone of one dog, in the right proportion for holding up his weight, and the imaginary bone of a ‘super dog’ that would be, say, ten or a hundred times bigger – that bone was a big, solid thing with quite different proportions. We do not know whether he ever carried the argument quite to the conclusion that the laws of nature must have a definite scale, but he was so impressed with this discovery that he considered it to be as important as the discovery of the laws of motion, because he published them both in the same volume, called ‘On Two New Sciences’One can easily see that Galileo's reasoning is not quite free of logical fallacies here: the scaling is not applied consistently at all levels of fractal structure of material universe. But let us take a look at Feynman’s own arguments against the principle of relativity of scale:
Suppose that we ask: ‘Are the physical laws symmetrical under a change of scale?’ Suppose we build a certain piece of apparatus, and then build another apparatus five times bigger in every part, will it work exactly the same way? The answer is, in this case, no! The wavelength of light emitted, for example, by the atoms inside one box of sodium atoms and the wavelength of light emitted by a gas of sodium atoms five times in volume is not five times longer, but is in fact exactly the same as the other. So the ratio of the wavelength to the size of the emitter will change... Today, of course, we understand the fact that phenomena depend on the scale on the grounds that matter is atomic in nature, and certainly if we built an apparatus that was so small there were only five atoms in it, it would clearly be something we could not scale up and down arbitrarily. The scale of an individual atom is not at all arbitrary – it is quite definite.From the logical perspective, Feynman’s reasoning is not much better than Galileo’s. Indeed, how does Feynman know that “the wavelength of light emitted, for example, by the atoms inside one box of sodium atoms and the wavelength of light emitted by a gas of sodium atoms five times in volume is not five times longer, but is in fact exactly the same as the other”? Did he, or someone else for that matter, conduct an experiment with enlarged five times atoms? He says: “matter is atomic in nature” and “scale of an individual atom is not at all arbitrary – it is quite definite”. How so? All our experience suggests otherwise. First we have discovered molecules, then atoms, then nucleus, then quarks (not entirely sure about quarks though - this could be a bogus theoretical construct). On what grounds is based Feynman’s belief that there is an end to that process? Does not Feynman know that the hypothesis of ‘elementary’ particles that occupy mere mathematical points in space without extended structures of any kind invariably leads to all kinds of nonsense and irreconcilable contradictions? It seems logically more consistent to conjecture that there is no such thing as ‘elementary’ particle in nature at all, that the distribution of matter is inherently fractal both up and down.
Scaling in turbulence. Taking a path-breaking intellectual step, Richardson 1922 adapted [Jonathan] Swift as follows
Big whorls have little whorls,
Which feed on their velocity
And little whorls have lesser whorls,
And so on to viscosity
(in the molecular sense).
The next step after Richardson was taken in Kolmogorov 1941. In a class only with Lévy, Kolmogorov (1903 – 1987) was the greatest probabilist of this century. I barely knew him personally, but greatly admired his extraordinary range of achievement. At the mathematical end of his range of interest in probability theory, Kolmogorov 1933 seemed to me too close to comfort to the work of the ultimate decorator who rearranges existing material. But Kolmogorov’s papers on turbulence were filled with novelty and daring.
If the laws of nature are the same at all scales, than an inescapable logical conclusion follows: Quantum effects should manifest themselves at the level of human scale, as well as at the level of Kolmogorov’s cigar-smoking businessman and, in fact, at any other scale. Evidently we don’t have much of empirical data to talk seriously about quantum effects in Kolmogorov’s unimaginably slow and big world. Such empirical data is simply impossible: long before Kolmogorov's imaginary businessman even contemplates making the next puff, the human kind will disappear without a trace as far as that businessman's perception goes. But why don’t we observe quantum effects in our own macro world, like the Solar system? My answer to that is: Maybe because we are not looking, or looking in the wrong places.
It is quite reasonable to think of the empirical Titius-Bode law as a manifestation of quantization of planetary orbits in the Solar system . Quantization is the final result of the drive to acquire more or less long lasting stable orbits via chaotic transition which is so short (relatively, of course) as to appear as a jump. The mechanism behind this quantum “jump” is the non-linear effects of orbital resonance that exist on the scale of atoms as well as on the scale of Solar system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbital_resonance).
One could object to this line of reasoning by saying that it is highly speculative. True, but so is the theoretical speculations about big bang, black holes, dark matter and other highly exotic and doubtful things. For example, what is the basis for expecting that the speed of gravitational waves is the same as that of electromagnetic waves? If anything, common sense suggests quite the opposite. Indeed, all of human experience tells us that the speed of wave propagation is a function of the properties of the medium in which it propagates. The speed of sound is not the same as the speed of waves in a liquid water, or in a bar of steel. Call it ether, or whatever you like, but electromagnetic wave also needs some medium to propagate in. So does the gravitational wave (assuming its existence to begin with). Taking into account enormous differences between gravitational and electromagnetic phenomena, it doesn't seem reasonable at all to believe that the speed of wave propagation in two such different mediums as gravitational and electromagnetic fields would be the same. In matters like this, it is preferable to rely on common sense judgments rather than on mathematical implications of highly speculative theories like the general relativity.
Here is what Laplace had to say about the speed of propagation of gravitational action: That’s what I call common sense.
But what you accept shapes what and how,when and where you perceive. It shapes who you perceive, but says nothing about why you perceive. This is because why is a mystical hypnogogic trigger in every language system. . The question why is the last language control any person can impose on another or on oneself. "Why" in this regard becomes the way we can shift between paradigms or free ourselves from sets or systems of acceptance. "Why" enables us to choose or others to choose for us without us ever realising quite how!!
The child's question" who made god?" is fundamentally the key that reveals the scale invariance that we naturally assume. That natural thought process is driven out of some of us by social and religious pressure or adaptation, but in terms of evolution, it is absolutely vital that one can adapt to changes of scale implied in that mental process.
Where do we stop? The principle of exhaustion is the only acceptable answer. This gives each individual the choice. Most stop way too short. A few are burned out because they cannot stop! The way of all is freedom to know one can stop whenever one chooses. The consequence of stopping is the simple acceptance of where your limitations are and then the rigorous synthesis of a connection between your perceptions and the consensus of others around you( providing you accept the independent existence of others).
I will pass on its message when it comes again to be written. But almost self similarity is the key constraint Mandelbrot introduced into what is an ancient conception of scale invariance.
All that is required for quantitative realization of this qualitative program is the extension of the Newtonian concept of material point (which is characterized fully by its mass and its translational mode of motion) by supplementing it with attributes that would properly characterize the spinning mode of motion of material point.
I too am curious about universal scalability and have a similar intuition that it must be infinite it both directions. Further, along these lines I'm interested in spin effects that are, apparently, perpetual at quantum and cosmic scale and how they may me harnessed.
How fast is moving the electron (counterpart of the Earth) on its orbit around the proton (counterpart of the Sun)? That's an easy question to answer. According to the Coulomb law and the second law of Newton we have:
ke^2/r^2 = mv^2/r
k ~ 10^10 (Nm^2/C^2) constant
e ~ 10^(-19) C (electric charge of electron and proton)
r ~ 10^(-10) m (radius of electron orbit)
m ~ 10^(-30) kg (mass of electron)
So, v (the orbital velocity of electron we are looking for) is given by
v = e√[k/(rm)] ~ 1000000 m/s, i.e. around one thousand kilometers per second.
Therefore the electron rotates around the proton with a frequency, v/(2πr), in the order of 10^15 per second.
Velikovsky says, and I quote: How many is "many times"? It depends, of course, on what is happening around the atom - it can be anywhere from almost none (at temperatures close to absolute zero) to millions or, perhaps, even billions of jumps per second. Let it be in the order of billion jumps per second. Then the electron will, before it makes the next jump, circle the proton one million times. Now, in accord with the principle of scale invariance of the laws of nature, let us replace the word electron in the previous sentence with its counterpart Earth, and proton - with its counterpart Sun and see what we get:
Then the Earth will, before it makes the next jump, circle the Sun one million times.
Is it any wonder now that "we do not read in the morning newspapers that Mars leaped to the orbit of Saturn, or Saturn to the orbit of Mars". From the perspective of an "atom" in the scale of solar system, humans - and all other species on Earth for that matter - are creatures with unimaginably short lifespan. We are mayflies, at best, brothers and sisters. That's why it seems to us that our solar system is rock-solid stable structure - an illusion that goes back to Laplace.
Tell me about bogus, inherently acausal Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics now. Absolutely fascinating!
This is irreconcilable with patterns we see in our solar system. Perhaps there is more to understand in the way of universal fraciticality or atom and cosmic theory.
For example, we can apply this idea to us as creatures. We're made of organs, which are made of cells, which are made of molecules, etc. And in the opposite direction organs make people, which make families and companies, which make neighborhoods, communities, cities, states, etc. Any one of these levels represents a different order of magnitude with the same general pattern (albeit this is very crude). As in the atom/solar system analogy they are not quite identical in their physical manifestation from level to level (they perform very different functions for example, RNA transcription is very different from going to work and typing on a computer) but perhaps on some other level of abstraction these patterns are not all that different.
My point is perhaps it doesn't make sense to say that an atom is a solar system or vice verse, especially since we know they behave differently in the physical sense. But in an abstract way are similar. I believe these lines of thought will bring us close to a sound magnetic base.
I see life as organized and ordered form of energy, while death – as disorganized and disordered form of it. I imagine that there is a certain amount of both at every given moment, both being strictly conserved across the borders of the fractal layers of the universe.
Life must be eternal – just like the energy is. Life cannot be created and it cannot be destroyed – just like the energy is. And – just like the energy – life can only be transformed from one form to another, the transition taking place across different scales of the hierarchical structure of the universe.
Death, i.e. the disorganized and disordered form of energy, is nothing but a transient state of energy undergoing a transition from one form of life to another across the embedded fractal layers of the universe.
The law of equipartition has no place in life forms of matter, which is almost everywhere. And by life forms I do not necessarily mean biological forms. The Earth taken as a whole – with its intricate interplay with the surrounding medium in the framework of the solar system – is clearly a life form.
The law of equipartition can hold true only in conditions of thermal equilibrium which is basically impossible in a structure which is fractal in nature, i.e. composed of imbedded layers of vastly different scales.