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The Big Board - little universe: The First Year

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We started wondering why the academic community had not written definitive articles about the place of base-2 exponential notation and the base Planck units. When we couldn't find anybody doing that work, we began to understand how idiosyncratic our initial findings were. Yet, right from the beginning, there was a deep sense that there was something profoundly right about this nascent model.

December 2011: The first edition of the Big Board-little universe.  There were many discussions and emails about the first chart. Some of those emails will be included and linked from here. The abiding question was, "Where are we going wrong?" "What's wrong with our logic?" The first online article was an email from December 28, 2011.

January 2012: Our first two postings on the web about our work:

March 2012: Preparation of two articles for Wikipedia.

  • The first article was provisionally accepted in early April. By mid-April there were protests from specialist-editors within the categories of Numeral systems, Measurement and Notation. Prof. Dr. Stephen Johnson (MIT) was the lead bouncer. Within the first week of May the article was deleted as "New Research" because it did not have peer-reviewed, published references to the use of base-2 exponential notation as "scientific notation" and it too closely paralleled the work of Kees Boeke's Cosmic Vision, base-10 scientific notation. The discussions are still posted on Wikipedia.  We will return to those discussions at some time, hopefully in the near future.
  • We never got an opportunity to submit the second article.  It was the chart of the numbers starting with the Planck Length, multiplied successively by 2, to the Observable Universe.

May 2012: Our first bit of help came from a NASA scientist.

September 2012: Version 2 of the Big Board - little universe

The numeration now begins at the Planck Length and goes to the Observable Universe.

December 2012:  Finally we discover an expert, an MIT physicist who has written extensively about the Planck base units. In 2001 Wilczek's work, Scaling Mt. Planck is published in Physics Today.  In 2006 Wilczek with Max Tegmark (MIT), Anthony Aguirre (UC Santa Clara), Martin J. Rees (Cambridge) focus on 31 dimensionless constants.  Max Planck and his base units have finally come of age.


The play between the universal and the particular, the infinite and the finite, is poetry's quest for meaning. Yet, how can we truly find meaning if our universe has no boundaries and within it, we lose our self?   - Bruce