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On Vortex Particles - Fiasco Press: Journal of Swarm Scholarship

On Vortex Particles - Fiasco Press: Journal of Swarm Scholarship

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Fiasco Presswww.fiascopress.orgJournal of Swarm Scholarship
On Vortex Particles
David Saint John
"In short, we can reach the final unified theory -- which we symbolically place at the top of Motion Mountain --only if we are not burdened with ideological or emotional baggage. The goal we have set requires
extreme thinking 
,i.e., thinking up to the limits. After all, unification is the precise description of all motion. Therefore, unification is ariddle. The search is a pastime. Any riddle is best approached with the lightness that is intrinsic to playing. Life isshort: we should play whenever we can." -Christoph Schiller, Motion Mountain, Volume 6
The following text is an attempt to reconsider the Victorian-era vortex model of the atom in amodern context, with an emphasis on the phenomenology of particles as experiencedexperimentally. This involves a departure from certain currently accepted traditional constructsof physics, but remains a synthesis of several ideas which have been floating around in someform or another for many years. It should be considered a remix of what has already beendeveloped previously by various scientists and natural philosophers, with a view toward our current state of scientific endeavours at the level of subatomic phenomena.The initial stimulus for this work lies in the relative mystery of isotopic stability as afunction of protons and neurons, along with the haunting staircase structure of this stability-often described over-simply as being due to ‘magic numbers’. Figure 1 illustrates this stabilitystaircase, wherein the shallow steps of the lighter nuclei eventually give way to a more regular staircase (from Oxygen16 to Argon36), with a more complex set of stairs and stable isotope‘islands’ up until one reaches the ‘island of stability’. The standard model is silent in regard to
Fiasco Presswww.fiascopress.orgJournal of Swarm Scholarshipthis behavior of isotopic stability - having applicability to primarily sub-nuclear phenomena, itgives little insight into the distinctions between protons and neutrons. But before treating thisisotope issue, we will first explore the idea of knots as particles, and see if we can work our way back to isotopes.
One form of an isotope stability table showing the ‘staircase of stability’, from Wikipedia. Notice the step like patterns which stable isotopes trace out - perhaps suggesting an underlying mechanism for nuclear stability. A moreuseful chart for the isotopic explorer can be found here:http://ie.lbl.gov/toi/pdf/chart.pdf 
Before our attempt at re-contextualizing this vortex knot model (VKM), it is worth
Fiasco Presswww.fiascopress.orgJournal of Swarm Scholarshiptracing back its recent incarnations in brief. A thorough historical account has been made byothers, in particular byHelge Kraigh, and so the descriptions here should by no means beconsidered authoritative. Most scholarly discussions of vortex atom models trace the idea toWilliam Thompson (Lord Kelvin), who developed his VKM after being inspired by the work of Hermann von Helmholtz, who first developed the mathematics of vortex motion in anincompressible fluid. Thompson found the model of “Lucretius’ atoms” - their individual atomic properties being extant for their own sake without recourse to any mechanism - as ontologicallyrepulsive, while the idea of knotted vortex atoms satisfied his urge for some descriptivemechanism which seemed powerfully evident to Kelvin when observing the interactions of vortex rings moving through the air.This idea of Kelvin’s, that atoms were composed of some sort of ethereal knots, hadmany proponents in a time when the very existence of atoms was questioned by those with a panache for the continuous and/or a distaste for the discrete. One of Kelvin’s contemporaries,Peter Guthrie Tait, went on to classify knots of up to 9 crossings, developing what would come to be known as the Prime Knots. Prime knots are analogous to prime numbers, in that theyrepresent irreducible topological structures while prime numbers are irreducible in terms of their lack of divisors. As such, prime knots cannot be represented as a knot sum of other knots but arefundamental to modern knot theory as prime numbers are in number theory.What really seems to have killed Kelvin’s vortex knot model of the atom was the profound success of the periodic table, along with the total inability to massage any sort of 8-fold

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