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B A question about the significance of 3

  1. Jun 16, 2017 #1
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  3. Jun 16, 2017 #2

    fresh_42

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    A very quick answer about the significance of ##2##:
    We have a quadratic electromagnetic force which is all around.
    Newtons quadratic gravitation is a pretty good model for everyday experiences.
    The normal distribution that is applicable almost everywhere in nature goes with ##e^{-t^2}##.
    Our entire logic (true / false), ethics (good / bad), spirituality (ying / yang), most of biological processes (reproduction, cell division), computer arithmetic (0 / 1) and so on are all based on two.
    Our functions which we use to describe the universe are subsets of a product space ##X \times Y##.
    There is matter and antimatter, spin up and down, Pauli's exclusion principle - all ##2##.

    Summary: You could do this for a lot of numbers: ##0\; , \;1\; , \;\pi\; , \;e ## or whatever. This doesn't carry any insights and IMO is pure esoteric. You mentioned the standard model, but it's fundamental group so far is ##U(1) \times SU(2) \times SU(3)##, so it's ##(1,2,3)## or ##(1,3,8)## depending on how you want to look at it. To pick the three from it is a bit randomly.
     
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  4. Jun 16, 2017 #3

    anorlunda

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    Don't forget the all important number 42 .
    :smile:
     
  5. Jun 16, 2017 #4

    sophiecentaur

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    Arghhh here comes Numerology again.
     
  6. Jun 16, 2017 #5

    phinds

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    Exactly. @Tanelorn, you're pissing up a rope on this one.
     
  7. Jun 16, 2017 #6

    marcusl

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    That mixes at least two separate metaphors!
     
  8. Jun 16, 2017 #7

    phinds

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    I don't think so. It's an old military saying. Maybe if it had been 3 ropes :smile:
     
  9. Jun 16, 2017 #8

    Orodruin

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    Whereas looking at another arbitrary number 3 is numerology, it is significant that these two numbers are the same (not 3 necessarily) for anomaly cancellation in QFT so I would even say that the OP is just a list of two numbers (not three) that happen to be the same.
     
  10. Jun 16, 2017 #9

    marcusl

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    That doesn't invalidate my observation...
     
  11. Jun 16, 2017 #10

    phinds

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    I still disagree. Explain yourself, please.
     
  12. Jun 16, 2017 #11

    marcusl

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    Ok :oldsmile:
    Just because you heard it in the military doesn't mean that someone (in the military) didn't combine pissing into the wind with pushing on a rope.
     
  13. Jun 16, 2017 #12

    phinds

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    Sounds like you are missing the point completely. This has nothing to do with pushing. Think what happens if you stand under a rope and piss up it.
     
  14. Jun 16, 2017 #13

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    Ok, we've gotten off topic here. (We won't discuss your ability to stand and piss upwards onto a rope above you :eek:))
     
  15. Jun 16, 2017 #14

    Dale

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    Although it does seem like the most useful part of the thread
     
  16. Jun 16, 2017 #15

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    This is so broad that it falls into numerology. If you have a specific question about the relationship between a certain number and a specific concept in physics then feel free to ask, but please try to keep the focus narrow if you want to attract high quality answers.

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