Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Taking a Hammer to Symmetry


“Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art.”
George Bernard Shaw

Symmetry is akin to religion in science. 'The Universe is perfect, God is perfect, God made a perfect intellect in man, Thus God made a symmetrical universe.'

Where do we find symmetry? Let's look to the atom. "Three quarks for Muster Mark! "(Joyce). When you have 3 of anything you have stability not symmetry. Now there can be 1 of 8 gluons for any 2 of Muster Mark's quarks. Now we have enormous combination of differences in gluon/quark pairing. Add to that gluon length, color changes and the amount of different expressions a baryon can have is chemistry and everything defined by chemistry.

Just a note, on this blog I will be referring to T quark as Truth and the B quark as Beauty. I feel top and bottom are too close in wording with up and down and may cause confusion in descriptions. Their expressions will be referred to as Truthiness and Beautiness.

So I don't find symmetry in atoms. If I were to hire a crew to drop a billion bags of sand. Each bag of sand has exactly the same number of grains of sand in them. 1 billion counted by a computer(ha ha). Each bag is dropped from the same height. Every bag would have a different disbursement. This asymmetry stems from the asymmetrical baryon.

I would love to see an example of symmetry in the universe.