Flashbacks: On Grandness Around Us

Earth and the universe provide countless wonders. I uncovered flashbacks so you can enjoy some of the grandness around us. Enjoy, visit as many as you want, and I hope you comment on the post you visited.

On A to Z

a-z-2013Someone declared April as A-to-Z Challenge Month. Sure, the challenge’s intent is to have a separate post for each letter, but hey – I have a streak of independence.

With 1,167 posts before this one, why not use my archives to meet the challenge? After all, even frequent readers aren’t aware of some of the posts.

Therefore, I present A Frank Angle’s A-to-Z. Visit as many as you like, because as in my tradition, there is something for all …. so hopefully you’ll visit at least one.

AFAa2zBadgeA is for Acquaintance – People that were not in my graduation class: set 1 and set 2

B is for Ballroom – … and ballroom dance delivers benefits

C is for Cruising – We like cruising, so start your trip with a click

D is for Dinner Group – … We hosted a night of Chopped

E is for Education Reform – Although the need is obvious, here are the obstacles

F is for Frank – Yep, that’s my name, but these are the All-Time Franks in baseball

G is for God and Government – I must say that this post about the separation of church and state is pretty darn good

H is for Handbells – It takes many bells to make one instrument

I is for Italian – I’m 100% Italian heritage, and Ellis Island is an important place

J is for Joys – To whatever give you joy, but for some of us, it’s reliving the cartoons of our youth, and here is where the series started, which led to the first honoree

K is for Knowledge – What do you know about supersonic kangaroos?

L is for LearnerLearning should never stop

M is for Moderate – This early post defines an independent moderate, thus shows why neither party wants me … well, except for my vote

N is for News – Staying informed is important, but there is something more biased than the media

O is for Ohio River – A story from my hometown on a river during my youth.

P is for Politics – I wrote this shortly after the 2008 election, but before the Tea Party’s emergence (which is what makes this post interesting)

Q is for Quantum – Actually, this past post was On a Quantum Thought

R is for Recipes – I’m sort of a Foodie, so try Cranberry Sausage Spaghetti or my own spaghetti sauce that offers a little crunch

S is for Science – Like sports, science has players, plays, rules, and boundaries

T is for Trieste – A beautiful city on the Adriatic Sea that is the place of my birth

U is for Universe – The universe is vast and inspiring, and this post includes one of my absolute favorite videos

V is for Victory – The raised arm created an unexpected moment in college

W is for Wonders – There are many wonders in our world, and let’s not forget Fibonacci, Pi, and Tau

X is for X-Factor – and one X-factor in life is forgiveness

Y is for Why because I can – This is the first main post about the religion-science interchange; now there are 44, plus here is the very first post

Z is for Zinfandel – I enjoy a wide spectrum of wines, especially reds, but zins were the first to capture my fancy – and cheers to the wine group at church

AAA+++ Bonus for the bloggers on my sidebar and on the More Bloggers page, for as without them and you, I wouldn’t be here, so try to visiting someone soon that you don’t know, and tell them I sent you.

Addendum: To learn more about the A Frank Angle A-to-Z Challenge, click here.

On a Hot Tau

Tau is a commonly used symbol in the land of campus Greeks. After all, it is the 19th letter of the Greek alphabet – yet it is also the last letter of the Phoenician and Old Hebrew alphabets.

Tau has a variety of meaning depending on the subject matter:

  • A protein associated with Alzheimer’s (biology)
  • A dose interval regarding externally administered substances (pharmacology)
  • A measurement of the amount of sunlight unable to penetrate the atmosphere (astronomy)
  • A variety of physics topics related to time, plus the symbol for torque
  • A symbol for life and resurrection (ancient culture)
  • A numerical symbol for 300 (Greek)

In mathematics, Tau represents “an irrational constant when the ration of the sum of the quantities to the larger quantity is equal to the ratio of the larger quantity to the smaller one.” We humans have applied this golden ratio of 1.6180339887 … to architecture, painting, finance, and even music – yet we also associate Tau with meaningful people as Plato, Euclid, Fibonacci, and Kepler. Although the Greek letter Theta represents this ratio today, at one time Tau was the symbol.

I recall a day I stood in front of a group of teachers and said, “Mathematics is not a subject of content, it is a language – a communication tool for explaining content.” Although I received both resistance and the deer in the headlights look, mathematics stands with other primary communication tools for content as written, spoken, visual, and musical. Those who saw last week’s video about Fibonacci in nature may recall the mathematical link to visual designs in nature.

I continually stand in awe at the wonderful creation of our world. Being religious, specifically Christian, I see the natural world as God’s creation – one of His gifts to us. However, I do not see it in the same light as those believing in intelligent design – and not even close to the belief system of the Young Earth Creationists.

Meanwhile, thanks to Patti, enjoy this musical appreciation of the mathematical world of Tau. If you enjoy this and didn’t see the post about the Fibonacci number in nature, click here.