Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Smarty pants

I've almost stopped reading industry bulletin boards. They used to be informative but lately most of the conversations are by people with something to sell. Others apparently try to impress folks with their intelligence. An example is the following post on a cleaner's bulletin board which is of no help to anyone in the cleaning business:

    String Definition: String is textile space and time, plus the smallest essence of all forms of matter and all forms of energy with ten dominant dimensions. There were five competing theories, all with different suggestions on how many dimensions there are. It turned out they were all saying the same thing.
    Edward Witten resolves those issues with the M Theory. The M theory showed an eleventh dimension leading outside our universe. This explains why gravity appears to be weak. Therefore there has to be 10 dimensions for there to be a relation between gravity and light. Since gravity and electromagnetic energies or equal in strength, there has to be an eleventh dimension for gravitons to escape.
    The actual comparison between gravity and electromagnetic energy is approximately 10 to the minus 39 power. Knowing how gravity and electromagnetic energy are related is one of the essential quests of the string theory. It was the one thing that Einstein died trying to understand.

I haven't figured out what he was talking about and don't think it had anything to do with the real world and daily trials and tribulations associated with the cleaning industry. But since he said that Albert Einstein didn't understand it, I don't feel so bad.

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