Saltzberg, David

Screenshot 2018-10-15 15.51.29David Saltzberg
Professor, Chair
High Energy Experiment
UCLA Physics & Astronomy
475 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1547

YouTube  (scientific advisor to the television series, The Big Bang Theory)_

First email: 15 October 2018

RE: A cry in the wilderness!

Dear Prof. Dr. David Saltzberg:

We are high school people who are still struggling with an extra-curricular project that began in December 2011. It came out of our geometry classes, but quickly involved our physics classes, and even our 6th grade AP classes! Net-net, we encapsulated the universe from the Planck scale to the Age of the Universe in just 202 base-2 notations or steps or groups. We initially thought it was a great little STEM tool. Then we got stuck trying to figure out the place of the first 64 doublings or notations.

The students enjoyed this tour de force of our universe, but… most scholarly people just think our project is idiosyncratic. And, we know that! So, we are trying very hard to find some scholar to tell us where we have failed to understand first principles somewhere along the way.

You certainly have been thinking about these things for awhile. Maybe you can help. Essentially we backed into a Kees Boeke-like scale of the universe by going deeper and deeper into embedded geometries (octahedron and tetrahedron particularly). His scale is a base-10 scale. Our scale applies base-2 to the Planck scale and goes to the age and size of the universe in 202 steps or doublings or notations. Our chart is here: Because so much of scientific growth is about doublings, we thought we had something worthy of being explored further. Until we know for sure that we are not leading the students astray, we’ve begun to hold back on this project.

Again, can you help or might you know somebody who can advise us? Thank you.

Most sincerely,


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