I call this 'The Stiff String Theory' because it has to have a name (Or how you can reach Light Speed in space with a big watch)
Please can you answer this simple mathematical conumdrum for me:
Imagine a turning watch hand of gigantic proportions somewhere out in space where there is no RESISTANCE (or an imaginary laser of fixed length or long piece of stiff string) (Impossible I know - but use your imagination ! )
- Say it is 10 miles long -
Fixed at one end to a central pivot
The hand / laser/ stiff string starts to turn like a big clock hand
OK up to now? (Hope you can imagine that)
Turning at say 1 Revolution Per Minute
The free 'end' will travel 1 entire circumference of the 'Turn' in the same time as a point along the 'Stiff String' just 1 metre from the pivoted end , but it will travel much further in doing so and, importantly, at much higher speed:
THE QUESTION IS: How long would the imaginary hand / laser / Stiff String' have to be for the free end to theoretically be travelling at the speed of light? (299,792,458 m/s)
I think as an example;
The point along the 'Stiff String' that is 1 metre out from the pivot, traverses a circumference of 3.14metres at the speed of 3.14m per minute, or .052333 m/sec - While the free end will rotate in the same time (1 minute) but covering a distance of 31.14 miles in 1 minute, or 921.5 m/sec
- THE QUESTION IS:
(Working with Pi, on Speed = Distance travelled / Time taken etc I assume it should be possible to calculate the length of the pointer the end of which, at 1 R.P.M, reaches theoretical light speed ( but my calculator runs out of zeros! ) I assume turning the pointer at higher R.P.M (Say 20,000 R.P.M) would reduce the length of pointer required to reach light speed by 20,000? It's beyond me but I feel I need to know the answer (If you ask 'Why?' I would probably answer 'Because it's there' -But then it's not 'There', it's actually in my imagination!)
(I do actually like working with big numbers but my calculator doesn't)
So, if you can work it out and leave the answer in a comment here - I would be very grateful to you
Thank you for coming to look at my poetry - You will see very quickly that my poetry doesn't conform to any of the traditionlly accepted styles of verse and if you happen to find a poem that does, well it must be down to pure coincidence!
My poems are built on my thoughts, dreams, memories and experiencesof this life, scribbled down primarily for myself, as part of a lifetime search to find outwhat I am, where I am, and what the hell I'm here for.
I believe that wordsare very inadequate tools we have developed for summarising and communicating the much more complicated images and emotionswe experience in our lives. After all, wordsare at best merely a pencil sketch of the image or emotion we associate with them.
When I write my poetry I am sometimes just using several words to describe that image, or emotion in greater detail,
The main themes that my poetry is exploring (philosophically) are;
The relationship between ourselves and our chemical , visual and physical environment
The true nature of our collective conciousness (God)
The emotions we experience
Our control over our behaviour
Our relationships with one another
Key elements of the descriptions of things we visually experience and how we remember them.
Their content comes from every conceivable direction of perception and you may for that reason alone find some of them contradicting one another.
But then is that not life? - You have to look at the whole picture - and sometimes beyond the whole picture.
For that reason you may read any one of my poems and take away a totally different understanding of it than that I intended - or you may not understand them at all.
That is entirely down to your own understanding of the images my words are conveying to you.
I do hope however that you can find at least one moment of significance amongst them if you do have the inclination to read them.
I would ask that if you do read them however that you remember just one very important thing - they were all written to myself, to help me remember my thoughts at the time I wrote them, no more than that.
I hope you enjoy them and come back again and I would like to say that I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about my poetry.
If you like you can also read my poetry on Poemhunter at:
Just an ordinary man experiencing life and trying to work out what its all about, wanting not to upset anyone in the process, wanting to help where he can, wanting to listen when he needs to and above all wanting to learn. So if after reading my poetry you can help me - here I am