Thursday, 1 August 2019

Born to do Math 130 - Newton Limited By Era

Born to do Math 130 - Newton Limited By Era
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
August 1, 2019

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How was Newton limited by his period, his time?

Rick Rosner: One was observational limitations. Newton as in the 17th century. We didn't know there were other galaxies until the 1910s or 1920s. It was 250 years away until we knew about other galaxies.

Thing two, he was building an entire cosmology in the absence of any other reasonable cosmology, any other mathematics based cosmology. You had the Copernican system and Kepler's laws. They were not a cosmology.

They were some rules for planets. Newton came up with Universal Gravitation, which includes his assumption that in an infinite universe; all of the stars spanning across infinity would keep each other from collapsing into a point because the local stars would pull on each other and the other stars would be keeping you stable.

But if you the universe can contract even if the universe is infinite, you can imagine an infinity shrinking. I guess that argument there. Given all Newton had to do, he didn't have time for that shit. He didn't have time to consider the greater implications of his cosmology. 

To simplify stuff to the point where he was comfortable with it, he assumed a fixed space against which his physics played out. I read that he considered the idea of space and the entire world as determined by the matter within it. 

It just wasn't a fixed space that did shit within but that matter had something to do with the structure of space. I guess that's possible. If he had considered it, I think he backed away from it because it was too much (!) for him to deal with at the time. 

Because there was no precedent for what he was doing. He made simplifying assumptions. It was a lack of information and history of building cosmologies that worked against him. If you gave me time, I could come up with 2 or 3 other limitations. 

He didn't know about atoms. Would have knowing about atoms have helped him? He did work in optics. Atomic knowledge would have helped him there. Light rays are emitted when an electron drops an energy level orbiting around an atom, which means he could have been helped by knowing quantum physics.

All that stuff was more than 200 years in the future. So there you go. Newton.

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According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America's, North America's, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main "Genius" listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the "World’s Smartest Man." The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named "Best Bouncer" in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

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