Hello Everyone,
Before I begin I would like to ask you a simple hypothetical question:
Q) Imagine the Earth is overwhelmed by a natural disaster of some description and our civilisation collapses. Over time, the few survivors have
resorted to a primitive existence. All knowledge has been forgotten - the priority is about feeding, clothing and shelter. Math, astronomy etc will
have to wait until we can get ourselves better organised.
So generations later we are better organised. We want to explore our environment once more, measure it. We need weights and measures to trade, to know
how far it is from London to Paris, to construct things to a particular standard so that we are all reading from the same script, so to speak. In
short - to organise our human lives.
So -
what measuring system do we use? That's my question to you.
This might, at first, seem a relatively simple question to answer but in truth the reality is quite different. If, for example, we use as our base
unit of measure the length of a man's elbow to the tip of his middle finger and call that 1 cubit, what we find is that - over generations - humans
have been (on average) getting taller. So, if we now compare the average length of a modern man's elbow to the tip of his middle finger it will be
slightly longer than ancient man's. If we wanted to replicate the GP, for instance, we would find our structure was slightly larger than the original
even though we are using 440 "modern" cubits. (We found in some ancient text that the cubit was the length of elbow to finger tip and that the GP
base used 440 of them).
How do we "fix" the unit of measure for all time so that if civilisation were to fall again (and perhaps again), new civilisations could use a
simple principle to arrive at a unit of measure for their use but one that was in use also by previous civilisation(s)?
The ideal unit of measure would require to be based upon some physical entity or process that is CONSTANT i.e. no matter how many generations of
humans come and go, the physical entity or process upon which the unit of measure is based remains the same - for all time.
If we look at nature we find that there is little if anything that could be regarded as producing a consistent unit of length that could become the
benchmark length. And yet the paradox is that the benchmark length requires to be a naturally occurring process and yet there seems nothing in nature
that can satisfactorily be used for the benchmark measure!
Enter GRAVITY and EARTH ROTATION.
Imagine you have a length of pole at the top of which is a small "drop platform - the length of the pole is immaterial at this point. From the drop
platform you release a small granite ball. The ball freefalls to the bottom of the pole and is collected into a "collecting tray". The moment the
ball hits the collecting tray, you release another ball from the drop platform.
Now imagine you start this process when the base of the sun's solar disc has just touched the Earth's horizon. Down goes the first ball, freefalling
down the length of the pole. You continue this process until the top of the sun's solar disc finally sets below the horizon. (See diagrams below):
At latitude 29.97*N (Giza), the sun will take 147.757 seconds from arriving on the horizon to having fully set below the horizon. In turn this will
produce x number of balls that have been dropped down the pipe. The pipe length times the number of balls dropped down it becomes the benchmark unit
length. This is what I have called, "The Gravity Cubit". It is a process that relies on the constant of gravity and the constant of the Earth's
diurnal rotation - two naturally occurring processes that can be used for all time to arrive at the same unit of measure.
Now, with
much thanks to Don Barone who did the calculations for this, 1 Gravity Cubit turns out to be equal to 66.5 miles! Now, if we
consider this number in terms of degrees then it represents the distance (in degrees) from the Earth's equator to the Arctic circle which is, in
turn, perhaps a reference to the Earth's obliquity of 23.5* (23.5 + 66.5 = 90).
Other curious things have been surfacing about this Gravity Cubit. For example, I have found that 1 second of the Gavity Cubit's length divided by Pi
(3.14) is equal to the base size of the Great Pyramid. Spiros Boutsikos also found a clear distance relationship between G1 (Khufu's pyramid) and G3
(Menkaure's pyramid) centres using the Gravity Cubit.
In summary then, the
Gravity Cubit allows us to create a standard benchmark unit of measure that is repeatable and simple to create. The
question now is - did the ancients conceive of such a relatively simple idea? Well, it certainly adds a new spin to the term "Khufu's Horizon".
Regards,
SC