On following the work of Jennifer Ouellette…

Jennifer Ouellette, Senior Reporter at Ars Technica, Los Angeles, CA

ArXiv: Inspiring Sean Carroll: Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? (Feb 2018)
Books: Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self. (2014) New York, NY: Penguin Books
YouTube: It Takes a Phase Transition: Communicating Science and Changing Minds

References within this website:
•  Could The Planck Length Be The Next Big Thing? Could Planck Time Be A Gateway To The Universe?  Is it true that everything starts most simply? If it is, then let us be studying the Planck Units.
Most recent email: 22 April 2019

Hi Jennifer,

I recently posted a record of my correspondence to you over the years. At my age it is too easy to forget the “who, what, why, when and where” and most importantly the how it happened that I wrote in the first place!

My page about your work is here:  https://81018.com/2019/02/13/ouellette/
You are also listed on the primary reference page just under Obama!
My current study circles around the Standard Model for Particle Physics.

There is so much to learn. Catching up with the work of so many is a fascinating chase. A rather unique spin juxtaposes the work of Prof. Dr. Emily Nurse of CERN/Fermilab with our chart.

BTW, if you would like me to change anything on that page, your request is my command.

I hope you and your family and extended family are all well and doing fine.


A note through LinkedIn: 13 February 2019, LinkedIn

You gave us critical information and pointed us in the right direction (Hubble) back in 2012 when we were looking for a figure on the size of the universe.  We’re still at it: http://81018.com  It still hasn’t been critically reviewed. Perhaps the universe of writers is telling me something!

I hope your life is good.


Third email: 24 March 2015

Jennifer –

You may find this “note” just below of some interest.
It is a little update of the work of that high school geometry class
who used your Hubble data back in 2012.



Editor’s Note:  This page from the website was included!

Second email:Sun, Feb 15, 2015, 5:17 PM

Space and time are joined at the hip. We know that.
It is a Planck length per Planck time.
We kinda-sorta know that.
Today you can know it in slightly more visceral way.

Take a look:
First, see doublings at lines 143 and 144.
Essentially just a little shy of 144th doubling,
one second equaled (and equals) the distance light travels in a second.

Double the Planck time, and each result over and over again
and in 143+ doublings you have a light second.

Going up, it is consistent for an hour, a day, a week, a month, and of course, a year.

Sweet. Very cool. Really.
We are still a little dazzled by the basic four Planck Units:
Maybe you can help tell us what we are looking at.

All those other doublings teach us something about the order in the universe:



First email: 13 October 2013

Hi Jennifer –

Our first attribution to your writing was the “Most Precise Measurement of Scale of the Universe” (Discover Magazine, April 6, 2012).  It was in the text of a NASA physicist who describes how he helped us calculate the number of base-2 notations from the Planck Length based on that BOSS measurement.

There were 202.34.

It all started when my nephew, a high school geometry teacher, asked me,”Uncle Bruce, will you take my five classes and introduce them to the Platonic solids?” I did.  We were especially looking at nested geometries, when the question was asked, “How far inside can we go?” Great question. No easy answer.

So, we reviewed Zeno, Max Planck and his Planck Length, and base-2 exponential notation.  Our results were  fascinating and opened so many more questions, we began looking for the experts, but we couldn’t find any.

I told the students that I would continue researching it and report in on occasion. To that end, I wrote it up as best I could in WordPress.  You are also cited within that piece (Footnote 3). Once on that article,  the “About” opens to many other ruminations over the past year and nine months.

Interesting?  What do we do with it?


PS. In January 2012 we learned about Kees Boeke’s work from 1957 and the Powers of Ten with Phyllis and Phil Morrison and the Huang twins’ wonderful scale. Base-10 is not granular enough and has no inherent geometry, albeit we realize that ours is instantiated.

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