Up & Down, Strange & Charm, Truth & Beauty (or Top & Bottom)- these are the 6 quark pairs that make up all matter as we know it..! We are talking about the `particles’ which make up protons, neutrons and so on.. It’s actually more particle physics than quantum mechanics…but hey…!
The diagram shows a typical interaction.. of a quark being scattered by an electron, with the force carrier (X). That’s where the real science ends..
But of course the whole thing is on a membrane…and a `light’ penetrates this side from the other side, through a `light-hole’. That’s just my art.. It’s a bit of graphics I created.. including the fake beard on my face, Sun (lots of photos of bonfire merged), and a `planet’. Enjoy.
So here we are, almost on the eve of Mid-Winter Solstice.. longest night – shortest day.. a time when the Sun-child is reborn, according to many Pagan beliefs. Quite an apt time for QuantumPhoenix to surface..again.
It was possibly my 2nd oldest internet username/handle.. way back in the days of telnetting . As the name suggests, it was a re-invention of the Self.. and an integration of Science, Magic & Myths…with me ofcourse!
So how do I see it..the name? The power of the magic and regeneration, lurking inside a Quantum of energy… undefined, yet full of possibilities, undulating as a probability wave in all dimensions…awaiting collapse into a single reality!!
What’s reality? Is that an esoteric question or a scientific one? Are you asking or am I asking myself? Am I asking me who is here, or the me in a multiverse? More on that.. another time.. But to get back to reality…it’s just i-squared. Well, that’s `i’ the imagnary number squared (equals r – the real number..) That’s the O/Level maths..
I like to think of it as `imagination-squared = reality manifest’ – after all it fits right in with the collapse of a probabiliy wave function, by the effect of an observer!