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Last Update: Monday September 20, 2021

This page and all pages linked from this page are seriously under construction and all await the feedback of students

and professors and many other people who are interested in the foundations and first principles of life and of the sciences. As soon as possible, this project will be moved to a wikipedia-like environment so we can more readily develop it together. -Bruce Camber

A Big Board To Gain Access To Our Little Universe

In Search of Knowledge, Insight & Wisdom to Define a Paradigm
To More Fully Integrate the Sciences --Biology-Chemistry-Physics --
As Well As Astronomy, Mathematics, Philosophy, Theology, and
all of the Arts, including Entertainment and Sports.

Vision: How do you answer a basic question about yourself such as  "What makes me human?" There are thousands of related questions, "What makes me happy? What gives me meaning and hope for the future?" That search is every person's search for meaning. Usually answers are seated deep within first principles.  So much of this type of thinking evolves around the concepts of space and time.  In this effort, instead of space and time being the container of who we are, we posit three forms (and their corresponding functions) to become the precursors of space and time and beget all therein. The first form is order and its function, a simple perfection creates continuity. The second is a relations, and in its perfection creates a symmetry. The third is dynamics, and in its perfection actually creates a moment of time that is experienced as harmony.   More...

Purpose: The challenge is to discover your gifts and talents and open your eyes in the morning refreshed and anxious to learn something new that can enhance those gifts and talents. That is what schools and teachers suppose to strive to do. There are the future GREATS sitting to your left and right. They will do great things in science, literature, and in every discipline known to humanity. The job of the teacher is to champion your greatness.  More...     Even a little bit more...

Overview: This class is a one-hour workshop to discover the universe quite unlike you have seen it in the past. First, you will learn about the five basic solids. You will touch them and think about them in new ways. Second, you will be introduced to scientific notation unlike any you have seen in the past. The smallest is necessarily related to the largest, and they all fit inside a tetrahedral-octahedral structure. And, third, you will be introduced to a new branch of geometry that is being introduced as a branch of this study today: Imperfect Geometries. You will also be introduced to an old discipline, Integrative Studies, in a new way because you'll have the whole universe in your hands. More...   Teach your children well...

Background History: This project began in 1971 with a friend and physicist who was asking questions about basic structure. It then involved many teachers and mentors: Arthur Loeb (Harvard, Philomorph Study Group), Bucky Fuller, the fellows of Synectics, Thomas Kuhn, Sheldon Glashow, Victor Weisskopf, John Findlay, Austin Farrer, David Bohm, and many others. Their books will be referenced throughout of this workshop. This effort all but died in 1980. It was enliven in 1994 upon learning of the death of Bohm. As a result of reflecting on his work, the first model of the simple interior structure of the tetrahedron was created. In 1995 a model for the interior structure of the octahedron was made. On March 29, 2010, for the geometry classes of the Curtis School, the model of the icosahedron of 20 loosely-fitted tetrahedrons was constructed and a paper model of the dodecahedron was made. On April 2 and 3, the first hexacontagon was made and throughout the week, the parts were discerned from filling the void with PlayDoh and carefully cutting them out with imagination. A center icosahedron and the idea of imperfect geometries began to emerge. Then on Sunday, December 11, 2011 the Big Board with scientific notation was started in earnest. There was no notation that could be found that started with a basic structure and divided it in half and multiplied it by two. On December 19, 2011, the geometry classes of Steve Curtis were the first to see the Big Board and provide critical review of this workshop.  More...  More initiatives...

Brief Table of Contents:

•   Page 1 - Basic Structures and the Human Scale   Discussion and Worksheet

•   Page 2 - At the limits of the Human Scale      Discussion and Worksheet

•   Page 3 - Approaching the Edges of Knowledge    Discussion and Worksheet

•   Page 4 - Beyond the known: The Frontiers of Science    Discussion and Worksheet

•   Page 5 - Open discussions    Discussion and Worksheet

•   Page 6 - Open discussions      Discussion and Worksheet

•   Page 7 - Open discussions    Discussion and Worksheet

•   Page 8 - Open discussions      Discussion and Worksheet

Credits: The first credits will go to the students who provide critical review and ask thoughtful questions. Some will be invited to collaborate. None will be turned down who ask.