Zeroes & ones

Endlessly beautiful

Emerge from logic gates

Turning on Turing lights.

Electrons zing

Hard drives sing

Life replicates.

# Monthly Archives: February 2014

# The Theory of Relativity

When you throw a ball across a train

the ball moves with its own speed,

but if you watch from the ground

the ball travels at greater speed,

for it moves with the train

and sums two velocities.

Velocities are added depending upon

the observer’s reference-frame,

and all is as expected

until light enters the foray,

for the speed of light

on the ground

or the train

never seems to change.

But if the speed of light is constant

something else must give.

Could it be that space and time

are not definite?

To preserve D=RT

Einstein says they’re relative.

Scientific experiments have confirmed

time and time again

that space contracts

and time dilates

when you measure them.

The Theory of Relativity

holds true

for as long as light has been.

# Relative, Or Not

If I fly

away in time

near the speed of light,

then I will live

longer than

people who do not.

For they remain

locked in space

with motion

all in time,

while I move

toward new space

where their time is naught.

# Ancient Egyptian Astronomy

Glowing eyes

follow the rise

of Sirius,

brightest star

portending the sun,

heliacal rising

on the summer solstice

marking the days

when the Nile will flood.

Prediction of heavenly bodies

illuminate day and night,

unity of solar and lunar revolutions

every 1460 years,

enough to return

several times

through Egyptian dynasties

celebrated by magnificent feasts

in honor of the gods,

bright lights

of heaven,

precise patterns

ordering time.

Division of the celestial sphere

into Egyptian constellations.

Worship of lights

suggesting immortality.

Great monuments built

in honor of the sun god

Ra

allowing his light

to penetrate the interior

during midwinter times.

Great Pyramids

rise toward the heavens,

their bases perfectly aligned

with the four global corners

with remarkable precision,

open shafts

pointing toward stars

to eject dead Pharaohs

among the gods

where they belong.

Hieroglyphic stars

survive archaeological finds.

Tables of stars translate

heliacal risings.

365 days counted

in twelve months

of three weeks

of ten days

with five days

of endless celebration.

All astronomical predictions

bound by

the rising of the gods

the flooding of the Nile

the powers of the Pharaohs

who watched over

the first civilization

geometrically proceeding

from these lands.

A dream reflected

in the glowing eyes

watching Sirius,

a dream manifested

in the greatest wonder

of the ancient world,

tombs of starlight

pointing toward

the celestial north pole,

the rising and setting

of Ra

inspiring symmetry

where gods, geometry

and limitless minds

conspired to build a future

where predictions persevered

and the heavens reigned.

# Trigonometry’s Rise

Dropping right triangles

in unexplored skies,

charting distances

from the center of the world,

constructing compass-generated lines…

“Let no one ignorant of Geometry

enter here,”

wrote Plato

at the academy’s entrance.

Similar triangles,

Pythagoras’ Theorem,

deriving the unknown

from the known,

distances given to measurements

that humans could never traverse.

The procession of logic,

the triumph of triangular skies,

the ratios and angles

of right triangles

so frequently used

their names emerged

from mystical minds

who ardently believed

that everything was number:

Sine

Cosine

Tangent,

Cosecant

Secant

Cotangent,

Arcsine

Arccosine

Arctangent,

right triangle ratios

filling up pages

in the academies of Earth

whose simplification of puzzles

precisely determined

the circumference of the Earth,

our distance to the Sun,

and other marvels

requiring no technology

simply rapt brains

astute eyes

and proficience

in trigonometry’s rise.