Raft to the Future:
An article about the weirdness of physical models of the universe, how that weirdness correlates to the inherent incompleteness
of mathematical systems, and how time itself can emerge
at the fringes of these incomplete models.
posted by knave
on Nov 6, 2006 -
Alright, ruling out the ice caps melting, meteors becoming crashed into us, the ozone layer leaving, and the sun exploding... we're definitely going to
blow ourselves up
figure out a way to transform ourselves into strings
and plunge through a black whole into the next universe
posted by MzB
on May 3, 2004 -
The elegant universe.
A 3 hour PBS NOVA documentary on string theory [in 24 ~5-10 minute chunks of real player or quick time video]. Welcome to the 11th dimension.
posted by srboisvert
on Nov 14, 2003 -
String and Knot, Theory of Inca Writing
An article today in the NY Times (you know the drill, I think it's metafi/metafi, no?) regarding a new theory to do with the decoding of the "cryptic knotted strings known as khipu".
If khipu is indeed the medium of a writing system, Dr. Gary Urton of Harvard says, this is entirely different from any of the known ancient scripts, beginning with the cuneiform of Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. The khipu did not record information in graphic signs for words, but rather a kind of three-dimensional binary code similar to the language of today's computers.
Dr. Urton, an anthropologist and a MacArthur fellow, suggests that the Inca manipulated strings and knots to convey certain meanings. By an accumulation of binary choices, khipu makers encoded and stored information in a shared system of record keeping that could be read throughout the Inca domain.
More information about Urton's book, which is to be published this month, here
; more information about the Khipu themselves and further linkage here
(note: this link is to an angelfire page, popups and limited bandwidth are to be expected). From Cornell, detailed descriptions
of 200 Khipu, with photographs.
posted by jokeefe
on Aug 11, 2003 -
One of the things I like best about the internet is the inherent asynchronousness of communication. I could never come up with a witty comeback about string theory
off the top of my head.
Of course, before I was on the internet, I never had a reason
to make a witty comeback about string theory...
[special thanks to Matt for his dictionary.com
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Mar 4, 2000 -