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Author Topic: Self-similarity of variable stars and their atomic scale building blocks  (Read 1859 times)
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« on: October 06, 2006, 04:29:13 PM »

For those who are interested in fractal phenomena in nature, I have an example that you might like to explore.

An important class of variable stars are known as RR Lyrae stars and they are largely composed of helium atoms and ions.  There appears to be a discrete fractal relationship between the fundamental properties of the stars and those of their atomic scale building blocks.  This discrete self-similar relationship is quantifiable and is shown to apply to their masses, radii and oscillation frequencies.

Two paper that develop the concepts and observational tests can be found at

www.arxiv.org/ftp/astro-ph/papers/0510/0510147.pdf     and

www.arxiv.org/ftp/astro-ph/papers/0606/0606128.pdf   .

Research that extends the discrete fractal modelling to delta Scuti variable stars and ZZ Ceti variable stars is also available at my website at www.amherst.edu/~rloldershaw (see the "New Developments" section)or at the www.arxiv.org preprint website, if you search on Oldershaw.

As always, questions, comments and criticism are very welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2006, 02:18:45 PM »

I noticed this post on sci.physics newsgroup this morning and thought rloldershaw and others might otherwise miss it.

From: "Dave Snellbach" <No@No.No>
Newsgroups: sci.physics
Subject: Fractal Universe
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2006 13:57:02 -0500
Message-ID: <kfednTpmzc4CFa_YnZ2dnUVZ_rCdnZ2d@comcast.com>

I know that many people will think that these ideas are really crazy, but I
think that this guy is raising some interesting issues.


While I dont think that he has really proved his claims, he has certainly
assembled some interesting observations which seem to support the Bohr

Coupling those ideas with the ideas found here
http://sciphysicsopenmanuscript.blogspot.com/    could lead to a whole new
view of the universe.

Seems to explain pretty much just about everything.

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2006, 03:36:26 PM »

Good spot.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2006, 05:50:20 PM »

Hi web2k,

You are right, I probably would have missed that post.  A direct link to the main page of the Fractal Cosmology website is

http://www.amherst.edu/~rloldershaw .

Thank you very much for for letting me know about Snellbach's comments.

And if anybody at this forum has questions/comments/criticism, I am at your service.

In the "Selected Papers" section, paper #0 is a brief manifesto that is motivational (no scientific expertise is required).  In the same section, paper #3 gives a brief non-technical run through some arguments for a fractal paradigm of nature (little science background is required).  And finally in the "Galactic Scale Self-Similarity" section, if you scroll down to "II. Preview", you get a 2-minute run through a reinterpretation of the Big Bang paradigm within the unbounded discrete fractal paradigm.

Not much time and effort is involved in making this initial exploration into fractal cosmology, and you will probably have no difficulty coming up with questions or comments.  I would be honored to try to answer them.

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