Physics of the Ancient Universe                       Plato meets Planck

PLATO's          CAVE

'at present no theory in physics is able to calculate the fine structure constant or the electron mass' -wiki

The desire to explain the constants has been behind efforts to develop a unified description of nature, a "theory of everything". Physicists hope that such a theory would show that each of the constants of nature could have only one logically possible value. It would reveal an underlying order to the seeming arbitrariness of nature. -SciAm 2005

Plato's Cave

2015 edition online

The Ancient Universe: Axioms

Fritjof Capra's classic text 'Tao of Physics' looked at the modern universe through the eyes of the ancient philosophers, what I have done here is the reverse, to use modern physics to decode and re-construct the Ancient Universe. The premise being that, if the body of knowledge commonly referred to as the ancient mysteries, whether the writings of the Greeks, Christ, Buddha, Lao Tzu and so on… truly have substance, i.e.: that somehow, through contemplation of the natural world over the millennia a coherent picture of the universe emerged, then that picture should be able to correlate with the modern universe. In the following chapters I attempt to piece together the insights known collectively as the wisdom of the great philosophers, themselves built upon observations collected over the millennia; in particular I look at the 5 elements (quintessence, earth, water, fire, air ) read more...

the fifth element Q

We find a theorectical solution for a 5th element the fabric of the universe, only instead of using the 4 classical elements earth, water, fire and air...

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Physics of the tao

The mathematics behind the Yin-yang suggests a solution to the problem of wave-particle duality in physics. It would seem to be a universal law... 

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universe from zero

From the mathematics of the TAO and the sunyata or emptyness of Buddhism we can build an atom from zero. The question then is, what is zero...

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the matrix

Our dimensions of mass, space and time may be simple geometrical shapes, part of the elephant, if so then our universe is a gigantic dataset and we are the algorithms... 

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The videos

   This website accompanies Part I of the book Plato's Cave. I have tried to restrict the mathematics of this model to Parts II & III, however without a background to the physics we cannot build upon the concepts, for when there is no solid foundation upon which to construct a philosophy, then any argument can be correct for none can be challenged. And so in Part I, I first introduce the axioms of the Ancient Universe and then show how these relate to modern physics. Because any valid theory of the universe must potentially be able to explain the universe, I cover the main topics; from relativity, the big bang, gravity, atomic orbitals, dark energy, the fundamental constants etc, topics unfamiliar to most, and so on this site I intend to add more visual explanations, hence these videos are a start, and when time permits to improve the quality. For those who are familiar with basic physics I have set up a 2nd site with the formulas and articles (see physics). There I describe a solution to the Mathematical Universe.

plato's 4-D cave

If we replace 4-D spacetime with a 4-D motion hypersphere then we can eliminate relativity, but this suggests that mass, space and time are illusions, images on our cave-wall...

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pythagoras gravity

Issac Newton watched an apple fall and from this constructed the theory of gravity, but what if the apple wasn't falling, what if Pythagoras had the answer all these years...  

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the universe spiral

The cosmic microwave background data suggests that it is not the Fibonacci series (the golden ratio) but the spiral of Theodorus which is used by the universe itself...

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