Editor’s NOTE: Links often open a new tab. Many of the links in blue go to a Wikipedia page. Links in green go to a Small Business School page where many of these pages were initially published on the web. This page was the very first general introduction to the Big Board – little universe. It was published on the web in January 2012 (Small Business School) and then updated several times before being opened as a WordPress page.
Here is an exploration of 101+ steps from the smallest measurement, the Planck length, to the human scale, and then 101+ more steps to a measurement called the observable universe. Here you can see the entire universe in 202+ steps, all necessarily-related notations.
Going from praxis-to-theoria this working project was dubbed, Big Board for our little universe. It is part of a high school geometry class project to use base-2 exponential notation (praxis) whereby the entire universe, from the smallest measurement (the Planck length) to the largest (the edges of the observable universe), is represented in 202+ doublings.
This project started as a result of studying nested platonic solids. So from the very first notation, every point is seen as a vertex for constructions. From a point to a line to a triangle, then a tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, cube and dodecahedron, form-and-function builds upon itself and within itself. The board’s many blank lines will be filled with facts or conjectures (ideas and concepts, also known as theoria). Eventually real data will be added.
The original was created in just a week (December 12-19, 2011). The current version (just an image file) and the “working version” (without the background color) was posted on Saturday, September 15, 2012. That working version will continue to be updated within these pages. And all along the way, each notation will have links to some of the best research of scholars within each notation.
So, a warm welcome to you… this page provides access to a work-in-progress. Friends and family were the first to be invited to begin a critical review. Now, friends of friends are also being invited! The hope is that the project will be validated in its scope and logic. If the logic and scope are invalidated, the results of that process will be fully reported and analyzed. Is the Planck length the right place to start? Can a dimensionful number be multiplied by 2? What are the constants? Why are universals universal? To open these questions to discussion, more high school students will be invited to think about this model as a relatively simple way to organize information., graduate students, doctoral candidates, and post-docs will be invited to consider how base-2 exponential notation — praxis — can become the basis for theoria. Everyone is invited to consider if and how these concepts might be integrated within their own work.
Here are a few key links to the working pages for the big board.