What I Know About String Theory

John T Jones, Ph.D.

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You all saw Jodie, Jodi, Jody Foster in Contact.

Oh, you missed it?

Lucky you?

Oh, you liked it!

Anyway, Jodie, Jodi, Jody doesn’t always take good roles.

Either that or she doesn’t always get good directors. (What, he directed Forest Gump!)

Either that or when I watch a technical movie the inaccuracies make me want to barf.

When Jodie, Jodi, Jody gets a good role and director, wow!

I like Jodie, Jodi, Jody when she lets her hair down like in Maverick. She was Mrs. Annabelle Bransford.

I loved that gal!

But this is not a gossip column. We are into serious science here.

Now, you did see Jurassic Park at least forty times, right?

Remember the dark haired guy that spoke of String Theory?

That was Dr. Ian Malcolm whom was played by Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum.

Jeff was born in Pittsburgh in 1952. He probably saw Roberto Clemente play for the Pirates. Clemente died tragically in 1972 when Jodie, Jodi, Jody Foster was about 10 years old. (Jodie, Jodi, Jody was born in Los Angeles in late 1962. ) When we lived in Pittsburgh we loved to watch those Pirates. Roberto could throw a man out at home from the right field fence!

Well, Jodie, Jodi, Jody didn’t just talk String Theory, in her movie. She got zapped off to another planet!

If that is not true, let’s make it our hypothesis. It won’t change the direction of this article much.

As soon as I know what the direction of this article is, I’ll let you know.

When I was a kid, we all knew the value of string. We collected it and hid it from our siblings. It was required for kite flying and for making play telephones from tin cans. What we knew about “string theory” was that if you ran out of string, you would lose your kite, have to run a mile to find it, and then have to throw rocks at the thing to get it to come down from the tree. If you broke a window, you had to run.

Also, for tin can telephones, the string must be held very tightly or no communications were possible. We had the basics figured out back then. Now string theorist use different shape strings but still require that they be tight.

I’m sure Albert Einstein would be against string theory. He always kept his violin strings very straight and tight as do my grandchildren. If violin strings were normally curving about and tight, he would have invented the theory.

I think it is about time to get to the meat of this article, so please stop distracting me.

To learn about string theory we must go to their official web site: http://www.superstringtheory.com/index.html.

I quote:

“Think of a guitar string that has been tuned by stretching the string under tension across the guitar. Depending on how the string is plucked and how much tension is in the string, different musical notes will be created by the string. These musical notes could be said to be excitation modes of that guitar string under tension.

”In a similar manner, in string theory, the elementary particles we observe in particle accelerators could be thought of as the “musical notes" or excitation modes of elementary strings.

”In string theory, as in guitar playing, the string must be stretched under tension in order to become excited. However, the strings in string theory are floating in spacetime, they aren't tied down to a guitar. Nonetheless, they have tension. ”

There are two kinds of strings described on the site. The first are those in closed loops that can break open and those that are closed and can’t brake open.

Well, I guess that about covers string theory.

John T. Jones, Ph. D. (tjbooks@hotmail.com)is a retired R&D engineer and VP of a Fortune 500 company. He is author of detective & western novels, nonfiction (business, scientific, engineering), poetry, etc. Former editor of international trade magazine.

More info: http://www.tjbooks.com

Business web site: http://www.bookfindhelp.com (wealth-success books / flagpoles)


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