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TOPIC: Nature's Information and Harmonic Proportion by Michael A. Sherbon [refresh]
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Author Michael A. Sherbon wrote on Feb. 15, 2011 @ 12:15 GMT
Essay Abstract

The history of science is polarized by the debates over Plato and Aristotle's holism versus the atomism of Democritus and others. This includes the complementarity of continuous and discrete, one and the many, waves and particles, and analog or digital views of reality. The three-fold method of the Pythagorean paradigm of unity, duality, and harmony enables the calculation of fundamental physical constants required by the forces of nature in the formation of matter; thereby demonstrating Plato's archetypal viewpoint.

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Michael A. Sherbon is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University interested in the history of mathematics, science, and philosophy.

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Malcolm Macleod wrote on Mar. 6, 2011 @ 11:41 GMT
Hi Michael,

I see you have 3 variations for alpha, would there be 1 which seems intuitively the most intriguing?

Cheers,

Malcolm

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Michael Sherbon replied on Mar. 6, 2011 @ 19:47 GMT
Hi Malcolm,

The first approximation of the fine-structure constant is primary and has several confirmations from the same geometry of the Cosmological Circle (from previous work), and is perhaps more significant to the classical geometry of the Pythagorean unity-duality-harmony progression. The next two approximations are more related to the regular heptagon, which also has approximations to the dodecahedron geometry. Still, all three are related to the unity-duality-harmony progression.

We probably would not have found these approximations without your initial discovery of quintessence from your geometry of momentum model, and our subsequent geometric approximation from the regular heptagon and its various connections with the dodecagon and dodecahedron of the Cosmological Circle. While the first approximation may be qualitatively "primary," the quantitatively "most intriguing" might be the fourth approximation included in the text at the bottom of page four, as it has both the silver constant and the power of twelve that is so prevalent in the other harmonic equations for fundamental physical constants.

Thanks, Michael

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