Numerical Rhyme -is there Such a Thing in Physics? Numbers are easy to identify. But how can they rhyme? With words, rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more lines. They often occur in the final syllables of lines in poems and songs. The word rhyme is also a pars pro toto (“a part (taken) for the whole”) that means a short poem. This includes a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes. For my blog, In Greek it is ἀριθμός arithmos “number”. Poetry also derives from the Latin rhythmus. Rhythm defines the beats in poetry. The Greek word is ῥυθμός (rhythmos, rhythm).
As with most products of oral tradition, there are many variations to the Bo-Peep rhyme. The most common modern version is:
- Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
- and doesn’t know where to find them;
- leave them alone, And they’ll come home,
- wagging their tails behind them.
Thus, rhyme uses the same sound in a definite pattern. Often it comes at the end of the 1st and third lines. With Bo-Peep “find them” and “behind them” make the pattern. They are in lines 2 and 4.
Numerical Rhyme in Fission and Fusion
Here are a couple of facts to help illuminate the topic in physics:
- First, the higher end of the spectrum. Radioactive elements with a higher atomic number than lead breakdown to lead-82
- Next, the lower end of the spectrum. On stars, elements lighter than iron fuse up to iron. It has an atomic number of 26. When enough iron forms at the core of the star, then the star explodes. That explosion makes other heavier elements.
So Where is Numerical Rhyme in Fusion and Fission?
Take iron. It is the ash of nuclear fusion. This was described above. Iron has an atomic weight of 56. This primary isotope of iron has 26 protons and 30 neutrons. Each proton is balanced by an electron. Total these primary particles. We have 26 protons + 30 neutrons + 30 electrons = 82 primary particles. By number, 82 defines the number of protons in lead. I most point out a parallel situation with ancient number squares. There are a number of rhyming number squares. Here, we will (1) look at the 5 x 5. Then (2) compare it to the 8 x 8.
- Any straight row of numbers on the 8 x 8 square totals 260. Any two opposite numbers on the 5 x 5 square totals 26.
- Any two opposite numbers on the 8 x 8 square totals 65. Any straight row of numbers on the 5 x 5 square totals 65.
- The square perimeter are the numbers that outline any number square. On the 5 x 5 number square the total is 208.
- The total of all the numbers on the 8 x 8 number square is 2080
Conclusion: The ancient 5 x 5 and 8 x 8 number squares are in rhyme. So are lead and iron as explained above. Therefore, there is numerical rhyme in both mathematics and physics. Our ancestors knew this. Isn’t it about time we caught up? Perhaps it may lead us down a path of peace?