I love science. In an alternate universe I’m a scientist. So when I read about new technologies, even if completely unrealistic, I tend to geek out.
New substances with amazing properties always interest me. That’s why frozen smoke (also called Aerogel) is so intriguing. Created in the 1930s on a bet it’s only recently that direct applications have been found. Some of these applications are pretty amazing, too.
Aerogel, one of the worldâ€™s lightest solids, can withstand a direct blast of 1kg of dynamite and protect against heat from a blowtorch at more than 1,300C.
Not too bad from a material that is so light and airy. They can also customize it to absorb oil and mercury spills, capture dust from a comet’s tail, and make bomb proof houses.
Something else that’s always interested me is the concept of multiple dimensions. Conceptualizing the first four is easy. After that it becomes… more difficult. That’s why this video called Conceptualizing the Tenth Dimension, a video based on the book by Rob Bryanton is so interesting. The first time I saw the ten minute video I was a little confused, but after that it started to make sense. One of the concepts I like is each dimension is a mere point for a higher dimension. It makes me wonder if all there is are points, and each point contains all the information for every other possible point.
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One Response to “Frozen Smoke and Ten Dimensions”
- Rob Bryanton says (April 24th, 2008 at 14:23:09 )
Hi Douglas, thanks for your kind words about Imagining the Tenth Dimension, I just discovered your post.
It’s been fascinating watching people’s reactions to my project. Some people call it mind-blowing, while some people aren’t comfortable with the different schools of thought that I’ve creatively blended together.
If you type tenth dimension faq into google you’ll find a blog entry linking to the many tangents my animation leads to.
I have posted a link to your entry in my Interesting Links section at the tenth dimension blog.