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This idea came up while creating reading aid on Periodic table and how best to teach it to kids. The number of rows in Periodic table is 7. What it means is that there are at most 7 sibling elements that exhibit similar characteristics.
For example there are seven noble gas elements: Helium (He), Neon (Ne), Argon (Ar), Krypton (Kr), Xenon (Xe), and Radon (Rn). They are siblings and exhibit similar characteristics. From electron configuration of one element one can formulate electron configuration for the other sibling elements. Further, from existence of one element we can predict existence of its siblings even if they are not yet discovered. That is what Mendeleev, the creator of Periodic Table did. He knew some elements but not their sibling elements because they were not yet discovered. He left spaces for them in his table and three of them, gallium, scandium, and germanium, were found during his life time.
There is also a myth in India about there being potentially 7 copies of each person.
Could biologists, working on Human Genome database, explore this question: are there at most seven siblings of any particular gene? Knowing one, can we construct the sibling genes?
Could there be Periodic Table of Human Genes if the higher order (the God!) used same rules for life building blocks ( cells and their genes) as he did for non-life building blocks (elements and their atoms)?
Could rules around arrangement of electrons inside atoms and periodicity of elements be same for configurations of amino acids in genes and periodicity across genes?
Will biologists be able to discover new genes based on periodic law for siblings?
There are seven types of anxiety, so the scientific community claims. Could the number seven be related to the column height in periodic table or the group number (I,II, III,… VII)? Or could there be more types of anxiety if scientific community takes clues from d-group of periodic table?
Some topics interesting to write or read about :
Vyas : is he the most prolific fiction writer of all times?
Vyas is credited with creating Mahaabhaarat, the great Indian Epic. He used several concepts in his fictional works. One concept used in the story of Jaraasanda can be seen in Matrix. Air transport and war equipment concepts can be seen in modern-day warfare and space exploration – Helicopters, Cluster bombs, drones, Space shuttle and so on.
He created a complex story with hundreds of characters and side stories without getting lost. The story is several thousand pages, packed with numerous bed time stories, entertainment, and serious philosophical concepts and diatribes.
It is written using Sanskrit, a language used only for writing and one that is not spoken! That is why it is called vikruti (un-natural) language. The prakruti (natural) languages of India are ones such as Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Bhojpuri and many others. In ancient India Sanskrit was used merely for inter group communication in writing while each group used their own local language. A Sanskrit scholar would translate and read out, in local language, messages from distant kings or pundits. Today the place of Sanskrit is taken over by English.
Only Rowling could rival him in terms of volume of output. But then she had access to lot more previous works to get inspiration and synthesize and more importantly access to writer tools – typewriter and computers. Vyas didn’t have such luxury. He supposed to have lived on an island near Yamuna River in current day Uttarpradesh province. An island area that one can only be reached by swimming or by boat. Several things worth talking about Vyas and his main work – Mahaabhaarat purely from creativity of individual human spirit.
Jiddu Krishnamurthy: the World Teacher that decided not to teach at the end
Second Law of Thermo Dynamics – one that means so much without saying so much
is there some message in this simple physical law so well articulated by scientists?
Does the concept of over governance defy this law?
What about young theologies that enforces order and civil behaviour against this simple physical law? Aren’t they up against the natural law?
Does this law foretell what the world might be in few thousand years from now ?
Will there be country borders and governments in future?
Some one associated with Ayn Rand institute, recently opined that western civilization is on decline and that some of the government policies are setup against the spirit of free markets. Is that expected anyway from the 2nd law?
Did Karl Marx knew of the 2nd law? How did he think social economic order can be enforced against the will of nature as the 2nd law states.
Too many questions but very few answers. Could be worth multiple PhDs in social and economic sciences?
A great mind and thinker of 20th century. For many of us she is the most recent classic author that we know and can relate to. She uses unique and time-tested style to get her message and philosophies across. There is not many that come to our mind in terms of using story style to get powerful philosophical views across. May be Chānakya (c. 370–283 BCE) from Ancient India used similar approach? Or could it Vyas, the ancient India scholar credited with creating the most complex story called Mahaabharat about 5000 years ago ?
History of Telugu Language : does it need correcting?
Is Telugu, a language considered Italian of the East for its suitability for singing, littered with pseudo Telugu literature from the likes of Nannaya , Tikkana, Errapragada,Viswanatha Satyanaryana and others ? Did they use Telugu script to merely transcribe poems and literature from equivalent Sanskrit works? How much of their works is original and written in achha Telugu? Should Telugu language history reclassify Nannaya, Potana, Viswanatha Satyanaryana and many others as great Sanskrit scholars and provide rightful appreciation and credit for those who actually contributed original compositions in acha Telugu?
Thyagaraja, Annamacharya, Chalam, Gantasaala, Srinatha, Sri Sri, Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Atreya, Arudra, C . Narayana Reddy and others contributed lot more to Telugu using local character, cultures and spoken words than the Sanskrit copiers. Did other authors, and in particular ones from Telangana., contribute more to acha Telugu literature than the traditional Sanskrit scholars that lived in AP in the 12-18 centuries? Are these old sanskrit pandits Aryan descrents of north who happened to live in AP?
Should Telugu historians, besides removing linkage with Nannayya and other Sanskrit copiers, even remove some Telugu letters / suffixes created by the pseudo Telugu scholars as part of their transliteration of Sanskrit work?
Gita: manas, budhi, atma
In Mahabharat, in the final battle between the two clans a warrior of one side refuse to fight fearing blood shed and family destruction as both sides of the armies are of his own race and blood. In here, Krishna, the charioteer to the unwilling warrior, has some words of wisdom to the warrior.
Vyas creates this fictional scene to present his metaphysical concepts. The whole dialogue between the frail fighter (the passenger) and the charioteer is the most complex in terms of metaphysical concepts and speaks for the creative genius of Vyas.
Though Socrates, Nietzsche and others may have had their philosophical excellences, what Vyas produced in Gita is unquestionably the most challenging piece of work for any linguist or philosopher. One particular dialogue that is fascinating to read is the one where the charioteer tells the unwilling fighter the relation between self, body, soul, intellect , desires, and worldly objects – too many metaphysical concepts that are difficult to understand without an analogy. Here is the analogy that is so wonderfully constructed:
Self is the passenger of the chariot; body is the chariot; soul is the charioteer; mind is the rein; organs (or impulses or desires) are the horses; external world of objects that we desire to seek /explore are the roads.
Atma is the passenger of the chariot; Sharira is the chariot; Buddhi is the charioteer; Manas is the rein; Indriyas (or in Telugu Korikalu) are the horses; external world of objects the roads.
the great Tamil poet of 5th or 6th century AD.
Did he knew about black holes?
Algebra 2 text-book prescribed for high school students in California is very large and heavy. Kids are likely to find it challenging lifting it with one hand. If they are small then they probably need to use both hands.
Isn’t the book heavy and unwieldy ? Would the book cause internal injury to abdomen if the kid drops it by mistake on their stomach while reading it lying on bed like they are used to reading story books?
Why can’t math text-book be simpler both in form factor and weight like the ones used in India? Even if they want to keep the content as they have now, could they have split the book into two volumes – one for first half of the school year and one for the 2nd half?
Should California import Math books from India? The text books used in India are simple, are paperback editions, short and sweet, and more importantly keep the content to the point. No silly skiing example to explain linear or quadratic equations.
How could California, the state that produced iPhone using the Zen principles simplicity, not produce a better text-book product? Did the product team that was in charge of the book knew how to design and present the product? How could they use so many colors, particularly strong primary colors for boxes, tables and for others? The colors strike reader’s eye so strong that it takes effort to find the main text amidst the glitter and glare.
Above all , why would a state like CA use so much chemical required to print in color given it is the most progressive one with respect to safeguarding the environment? Could it have supplied students with Kindles loaded with text books instead of printed books? Why print heavy books and in particular ones like the Algebra 2 text-book that is close to 1000 pages long?