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"The negative pole of sound is the tenebrous force which attracts us to this valley of bitterness."
"Such music is literally about staring into the abyss and finding no bridge, when in fact, the true works of spirituality always depict the path that leads out of suffering."
"The positive pole of sound is the miraculous force which attracts us towards the unmanifested Absolute where only happiness reigns."
Originally posted by AugustusMasonicus
Excellent thread my friend.
I have always been curious about quantum mechanics and cosmology and large part of my physics reading has been devoted to string theory as of late. Shing Tung-Yau has calculated the specuataed physical shape of 4th to 10th dimensional figures and along with Eugenio Calabi devised the Calabi-Yau Manifolds. Yau's book about the work The Shape of Inner Space is a brilliant piece on the developement and explanation of these intriguing multi-dimensional shapes. You may find similarities between your Star-Convex and other proposed designs that they have calculated.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTravelerAh my brilliant Nephew, I have to confess in large part I posted the thread to see who would come up with the most fascinating answers you or Josh Norton, and I certainly have not been dissapointed so far.
Sounds like an incredibly interesting and insightful read. There sure seems to be an amazing wealth of information on this topic.
Thanks for joining in my friend.
It's interesting that music through it's vibrations and mathematics may indeed not only manifest quantum building blocks of not just abstract geometrical shapes but scenes and acts like in a play, perhaps merging primordial elements and matter together using the vibration as a form of energy to rearange the molecules and vibrate them together like a form of glue, while at the same time creating more or less a script or equation for the repeditive use. This of course would give new rise to the saying "Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art".
Salt is sprinkled onto a metal plate. The plate is strummed with a violin bow and set into vibration. The salt crystals vibrate about the plate until they settle onto positions of nodes (points of no despacement). Several patterns can be obtained, each associated with a unique frequency of vibrations. These standing wave patterns are known as Chladni patterns, named in honor of a 19th century German physicist who advanced our understanding of acoustics and the physics of music.
Chladni patterns show the geometry of the different types of vibration of violin plates. This site has an introductory explanation of modes of vibration and a library of photographs of the Chladni patterns of the bellies and backplates of two different violins (one mass-produced and one hand-made). It also has photographs of plates with regular geometries which assist in understanding the violin modes. For some related history, see Chladni's law. For some Chladni patterns on metal plates, with sound files, see Acoustics of bell plates. To make your own Chladni patters, try this site.
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I have a relatively recent curiosity in conch shells after discovering some very intriquing things about the one that took up residence in my home a decade ago. The more I discover about them the more I am intriqued about them. Some believe they are capable of playing host to dieties and demons and spirits and are almost impossible to beat at Gin Rummy! While others believe that their musical notes can drive off demons and evil spirits and align the major and minor chakras into personal harmony. Still others believe that they can actually be used for divining answers to universal questions! Who would have thought they are useful for so much more than paper weghts and book ends?