Nuclear Physics

I got into a discussion with a nuclear physicist last night, (the hotel is hosting a nuclear physics convention) who told me that in the process of a reactor being prepared to produce electricity the engineers are trained to observe the multiplication of neutrons in five stages of doubling of the amount of particles that are generated by the reaction. They recognize each stage of the process and know when the reactor is critical at the fifth doubling, when the reactor is sustaining itself and “alive”.

He said that he thought that the indications of physical laws present in nuclear composition of the billions of suns that are suspended in the space of the universe led him to believe that there is order in the universe, therefore God.

Five squares. Five is the number of 1.62. Pretty.

In a nuclear reactor the alchemical dream has been achieved. The transmutation of metals occurs as the reactor goes critical.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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