CoSy.y2012.NewsLetter
unusually
long and teky
Linked from MidSummer
Mountain Mela 2012 invite ;
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NewsLetter
Goal
for
coming year :
Generate support for creation of
Planetary Model in open 4th.CoSy
Last September I rented a Corolla ( >3%2 the mpg of
my low millage `94 4WD Rodeo ) to
drive to the MinnowBrook
2011 APL implementors retreat in the Adirondacks organized by
Roy
Sykes
and Garth Foster . I stopped along the orbit to see old
friends
and family around Chicago and Rochester , NY on the way out , and NYC
( catching Ron
Paul at Webster Hall ) , Miami of
Ohio , and Cadiz , KY on the return .
In Chicago , I met with Joe Bast of the Heartland Institute
and chatted about the Essential
PhysicsClimateWiki
. Joe commented that he wished our chat had been videoed . ( I
had in fact bought for the trip a Nikon
P300 and neat Joby "Gorillapod" capable of the task
. ( See eg : Salvador
Rosillo translates his Yo y Dinero
. ) )
That , so far as I know ( and I'm always looking
) there is no
page on the web where one can find a
competent , much
less executable , explication of the most basic
calculations of planetary temperature is an indictment of
what
the Global Statist fraud against the building block of the
biosphere has done to the teaching of science . One continually sees
all sorts of sophisticated mathy arguments on one side or the other of
this absurdity , but no place where a quantitatively capable individual
can find the path from the most basic physics to these lofty nuances .
All these academic exercises are over a total change in our observed
temperature since the invention of the thermometer of perhaps 0.3%
.
Expressing this same most basic , Ivar
Giaever , a real Nobel winner , comments :
I
found that the general belief is that the average surface temperature
over the whole earth for a whole year has increased from ~288 oK to
288.8 oK in roughly 150 years, i.e. 0.3% and that it is due to
increased CO2. If this is true, it means to me that the
temperature has been amazingly stable.
Giaever
also passes on a very concrete quantitative question which
would be great to see solved , in executable language , on EP
.
The harm this fraud is doing to particularly the economic welfare (
to be redundant ) of
duped citizens of Europe and Australia and on the horizon for
US
is enormous .
The goal of the Essential
Physics page is to strangle this criminal
antilife scam in a necklace of crystalline computations . EP is
taking the classical reductionist approach and so far has only reached
the computation of the temperature corresponding to the energy density
of a point in our orbit . But that starting point for any
quantitative understanding of our observed temp explains 97%
,
all but 10 degrees , of our observed 288.8 kelvin . This is 3
times closer than ubiquitous extreme computation you will find , eg , at
Wikipedia.org/Black_body_radiation
#Temperature_between_a_planet_and_its_star .
There's
a convergence in my welcoming the opportunity to initialize such a
potentially important educational resource and my having lived my adult
life in APLs . Ken
Iverson
conceived of his linearization and generalization of applied
mathematical notation into computer executable language , engendering APL
, culminating in J , as
a tool of thought  and that is the aspect which
enamored me when I was facing the necessity of groking
multidimensional geometry if I were to have a hope of making progress
towards my goal of understanding how brains work so I could get a
notion
of what doesn't work right in my brother Jack's .
But ,
If you're
really good
at computation ,
the most valuable computations are those with currency
symbols attached .
Thus the
market for modern APLs tends towards what's now being called
"Big
Data" and "highfrequency trading" . While I've always considered such
scalability intrinsic in the structure of the notation , I have always
been
more interested in its use a personal tool of thought : as an ultimate
computational notebook .
To me , to understand something is to express it in computable form so
I can "play" with it .
The notation I have used in the computations on EP
are in Arthur Whitney's K
language which is the product of his life implementing APLs
for global investment banks . I am almost certainly
the only
person to have created an interactive workspace
environment in
it to serve my daily log and to handle family accounting . Translating
the fundamental vocabulary I have implemented in Arthur's
notation
on the EP
page to more accessible APLs is rather trivial for a competent APLer
and I have structured tables to accept translations in any
programming language one prefers .
To give a sense of the expressive power of these languages evolved from
the notation of matrix algebra , here's the function in K for
the temperature of a ball ( point ) from a table , TP , of temperatures
and portions of its surrounding sphere .
PointTemp :
{[ TP ] ( +/
( TP 1 ) * ( TP 0 ) ^ 4 ) ^ % 4 }
Insert
a temperature of 5778 for the sun and 3 for the cosmic background , and
the
portions of the sphere around us the sun covers , 0.0000054 , and
doesn't , 0.9999946 , and out pops the 279 kelvin mentioned above .
An only slightly more complicated expression
at CoSy.com/Science/TemperatureOfGrayBalls
calculates the temperature of balls with different gray values in
different directions . It can reproduce the extreme number based on the
notion that Earth's surface has an emissivity of 0.7 with respect to
the sun's spectrum , yet radiates with an emissivity of 1.0 ,
that of a black body .
And
slightly more complicated than that , an equilibrium temperature can be
computed for any spectrum or spectral map of the
ball and
the sun . Then such questions can be answered as "if the
earth
had the spectrum of CO2 itself , what would its temperature ? " . More
cogently , since the vast majority of the earth's surface is liquid
water , what temperature would a ball with the spectrum of
water
come to in our orbit ?
To answer such questions , and indeed
calculate the temperature implied by any spectral map of the globe , is
not more than a handful of additional definitions in modern APL . But
I'm essentially just a really good quant programmer who got involved in
this debate only because the nonscience I saw being marshaled against
life and liberty so offended the most basic physics I learned as a
grade school geek during the Eisenhower administration .
I
invite , and the ClimateWiki needs , input from those with
more
expertise in spectral data source , and the whole of planetary physics
for that matter , to supply the grist for the computations .
What are
the max and min possible mean temperature
of a ball in our orbit ?
In
the lieu , lacking actual spectra , I plan two computations which I
have never seen and doubt the journeyman "climate scientist" has a clue
how to do : calculate what the maximum and the minimum temperatures for
any opaque uniformily colored ball in our orbit approximating the sun's
spectrum with Planck's function . Perhaps I should start a pool
for people to place their guesses as to the results . It
certainly is the sort of computation which should be in quiver of any
undergraduate seriously studying "climate science" . Yet they
act
as if these limits don't exist . The thrust of all of the
foregoing is to make apparent that a rather thorough model of planetary
temperature , including orbital dynamics , can be created in not more
than a couple of pages of well factored APL as opposed to the
notoriously bloated spagetti code in legacy languages which have been
revealed by , for instance , ClimateGate . It is not at all uncommon
for one line of APL to do the job of , and be more flexible and general
than , an entire page of Fortran or equivalent language .
I am
bluntly seeking angels who see the value of having such a transparent
open vocabulary available to all students on the world wide web . This
work receives no funds from the Heartland Institute .
4th.CoSy
:
A number of significant programming languages and software
systems
have been collateral creations of some more focused purpose .
Arthur
Whitney's K , and before it A+
at Morgan Stanley , were
created to give the institutions an edge in their quantitative trading
. Here , the motivating task is educational  to bridge a
chasm
created by the decline of and bias in taxfunded education over recent
decades .
At Minnowbrook , Roy Sykes introduced my main talk with the question
: what the hell did I mean by a
CoSy "KTree"
Structured Open Intel Forth Generalized APL Environment .
I'll leave that question to be asked by people who are truly
interested in the teky details , and just make some general comments .
The
creation of computing language is an ultimate intellectual
pursuit building on the enduring insights of giants . In
creating 4th.CoSy , the
path Ken
Iverson initiated informs the crystalline definitions of
vocabulary which allow the succinct expression of computations on
finite data ; that of Chuck
Moore , how to construct a minimal dictionary capable of
extending itself directly in the language of the silicon .
These are both languages which are seen as intelligence
amplifiers
in which bright individuals can realize remarkable systems , but the
mass market programmer often just makes a mess . It has
always
been my contention that there is a far larger universe of "APL capable"
people in the larger business world than those who have the patience to
be hired programmers . The response of a number of senior executives
who found the CoSy of the late
1980s more to their natural way of thinking than other systems they
were offered reinforces that belief .
A hallmark of CoSy environments since the
very earliest has
been the ability to write lines for the machine to interpret
right in the middle of text meant purely for human
consumption .
If you tap the enter key , it simply acts like a text editor . However
, a function key has been programmed to pass the line to the
interpreter in which the whole environment itself is written to be
executed and any result displayed .
Click on the screen shot of 4th.CoSy as it exists today in Ron Aaron's Reva.Forth
to see it full size . As can be seen , it is in use as my
daily
log . The line in blue has just been executed by tapping the F6
key displaying my ToDo list for editing in the result
window . Replacing the 0 in the line with 1
would display my ref variable in which I
keep all my passwords , etc .
Even after all these years , this computational notebook aspect of CoSy
appears to be unique , but it is instrumental in my working thru such
problems as the ConicAllConnect
vision for the World Trace Center site , or the computations of the
temperature of radiantly heated balls , both done in legacy K.CoSy
.
The
considerations which bear on the structuring of a language are such
as to require total immersion in the task for substantial blocks of
time . This is even more difficult than to find the time to
advance the presentation of the computational physics of planetary
temperature .
That's
why my main goal for the coming year is to garner support for this work
gaining the synergies of using the elaboration of the planetary model
to support the evolution of the language in which it is executably
expressed .
Perhaps the optimal situation would involve teaching because
young brilliant students can unfold seeds of ideas in fresh
directions with energy and time hard to muster when one has more mature
responsibilities .
Please contact me with or post here any suggestions ,
contacts , or potential collaborations . These are powerful
technologies and and important issues .
I
reserve
the right to post all communications
I receive or generate to CoSy website for further reflection .
