Tag Archives: DA14

The Plucked String Theory of Gravitation

In a Skype conversation with GaryK yesterday (one of the first in my planned series of conversations with smokers), I was trying to explain to him my new theory of gravitation. I’m not sure I succeeded. Over the past 20 … Continue reading

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Pure Geometry

Isn’t it a strange world that we live in? It’s one in which everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but nobody seems to know who shot JFK. Hardened veteran readers will know that the assassination of JFK is one of my … Continue reading

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The Futile Search for Planet 9

I got interested in Planet 9 a week or so back. Planet 9 is a theoretical planet, estimated to be 3 or 4 times the size of the Earth, in a highly elliptical 20,000 year orbit around the Sun. And … Continue reading

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Bandeirantes Beach

I’m a model builder. I build models of all sorts of things. And over the last 20 or so years I’ve slowly built a model – a computer simulation model – of the solar system, with all the planets going … Continue reading

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Reproducing Global Warming

A month or so back, in Strange Journey I described an experiment that I’d conducted with my orbital simulation model, where I’d dropped a ball bearing on the surface of the rotating Earth, and watched it roll (or rather, bounce) … Continue reading

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Strange Journey

This will seem strange, like something out of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. For the past few weeks I’ve been adapting my orbital simulation model to calculate the tidal forces at the surface of the Earth due to Sun … Continue reading

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Bitter Clingers

I got interested last month by the supermoon on the 14th of November, when the Moon came nearer to the Earth than it had for nearly 70 years, and a large earthquake in New Zealand coincided with it. Did the … Continue reading

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