Finally got a new `theme’ sorted for my WordPress blog `quantumPhoenix’ – This theme has flexibility for background pic and banner…and here it is – a backdrop of `Stars’ that I created (from scratch), and the newly created `quantum phenix’ banner.. Just what I had always wanted it to look.. 🙂
It’s go the Phoenix bit (created from photos of a bonfire in garden), a cosmic `magic wand’ (that has stars, earth, Sun and moon) and of course the Quantum / atom bits..
Particles & Bubble chambers:
The spiral/lines are what comes up in bubble chambers in particle detection systems – bit old – and the tracks are where high pressured `steam’ condenses ..as sub-atomic particles pass through them (and a magnetic field). Some particles – charged curve this way or that.. some that have no charge go straight…so we get straight lines.. 🙂 Actually this is a subject so close to my heart (particle physics , quarks, quantum, Higgs boson etc) that I’ll be writing on that in another post – when I have the time to enjoy writing it.
DrWho language of squiggle
My one annoyance on this matter is – ever since the `new DrWHO’ came back, they have been `using’ these symbols as the `language’ of planet Gallifrey. While it’s possible that such symbols can be used as a created language, I think if you are in a hurry, you’d write quick squigles…not complex particle decay patterns to express your thoughts, especially if Daleks etc are chasing you..right? Hmm. Ok, there ya go, I’ve got it out of my system.
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!