Willie Willie Harry Stee
Harry Dick John Harry three;
One two three Neds, Richard two
Harrys four five six….then who?
Edwards four five, Dick the bad,
Harrys (twain), Ned six (the lad);
Mary, Bessie, James you ken,
Then Charlie, Charlie, James again…
Will and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Georges four, Will four Victoria;
Edward seven next, and then
Came George the fifth in nineteen ten;
Ned the eighth soon abdicated
Then George six was coronated;
After which Elizabeth
And that’s all folks until her death.
When A Joke Made Me A Joker,
Van Held The Poker,
The Fiery Poker,
But Long John Grant Had Gone
And Chased His Crazy Mooses
‘Round The West Hollering,
“Can’t Help Rinse Those Empty Kettles Just Now, Friend.”
Come ‘Round By Charlie’s Bed Often (or: Colanders Rinse Bad Cabbage Best, Obviously)
What ? What the hell are the two rhymes I listed out? Take a guess. William the Conqueror ? Henry VIII, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. George Washington Abraham Lincoln , Roosevelt and Obama. That’s the clue. Well If one were asked to sequentially name all the kings of England I make a very safe guess Nine out of Ten would draw a blank and the same goes for naming all the presidents of America. Most of us would care less to remember all the kings of England or all the Presidents of America for the general consensus would be how it would matter if someone is able to name all the Kings and Queens of England or the Presidents of America. I agree it does not amount to much but no denying the power to impress a random someone with one’s remarkable memory is not questionable. So coming to the point the first rhyme I started out with is the mnemonic to remember all the kings of England and the second one is the one to remember the presidents of America where the first letter of the word in the rhyme corresponds to the last name of the president in a sequential fashion. So what is a mnemonic to begin with ? A device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.
Continue reading In Pursuit of A Better Memory. Mnemosyne And The Three Muses Characters in Greek Mythology. Does Memory Really Matter ?
Recently I was talking to my friend about the difference between Hindu Cosmology and Jain Cosmology. According to the Jain Cosmology the universe is supposed to be eternal where as in Hindu cosmology the Universe is said to be created by a creator. The innocuous conversation led to a wild goose search from my end where I researched everything from the conception of the universe to the collapse of the universe from a Theoretical Physicist or a Cosmologist’s point of view. I admit I myself a novice in the field was fascinated by what I stumbled across as I researched the vast literature out there in the blogosphere and how cosmology is a field where theology and physics intersect no matter what the theologians and the physicists think. The quick study I conducted was an adventure in itself and this is an attempt to put together what I have learnt and my own interpretation of what lies ahead for the universe in the unforeseeable future.
Before we get started I mention a few great names who have pioneered the understanding of the nature of the universe as we understand it today. Gallileo, Issac Newton Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble, Fred Hoyle , Stephen Hawking are those great names who have pioneered the field of cosmology and with numerous contributions form theoretical physicists all over the world we have a better understanding of the composition of the Universe than ever. Having paid my tributes to all these great scientists I take a plunge into the topic which I promise to explore to the best of my ability in this article. Lets Fasten our speed belts and here we go. First Starting on a historical note.
Galileo Galilei was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century.He has been called the “father of observational astronomy”, the “father of modern physics”,the “father of scientific method”, and the “father of science”. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter (named the Galilean moons in his honour), and the observation and analysis of sunspots. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, inventing an improved military compass and other instruments. Continue reading Big Bang Theory Steady State Theory Black Holes Singularity Dark Matter Dark Energy And Multiverse Universe. Where It All began And How It will End?