I had so many physics ideas when I was little that I kept a journal. I still have that journal.
(Quick background: around the time of this journal, I attended monthly lectured led by now-famous astrophycist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He may have inspired most of the physics ones, and I still have some e-mails from when I used to bounce my 11-year-old crackpot ideas off of him. Oh, and we're still on a first-name basis. I love NYC.
Let's see what we've got here...
1. My best friend and I decided to build Jurassic Park. It was a simple plan: my friend would find dino DNA, and I would build a DNA replicating machine to build a dinosaur. Then we worried if the large reptiles would be hard to contain. My solution: just make 1/10th of the DNA, and the dinosaurs will be 1/10th of their original size!
2. A perpetual motion device. A motor on a base would spin magnets past coils which would power the motor. Hah! At some later point I added a footnote: doesn't work.
3. A page labeled "Dark Matter Existence Conjecture". IIRC, I didn't know the differecne between anti-matter and dark matter. I considered everything in the universe between 0 and 1 c to be the "realm" of normal matter, and everything int he universe between 1 and 2 c to be the "realm" of anti/dark matter. How cute! I even drew closed time-like curves showing that time ran backwards for the anti-matter. Didn't Feynman have something like that? I thought antiparticles in Feynman diagrams went backwards for this reason too.
4. My "relativity sphere"! I actually remember this one: I tried to think up relativistic effects beyond the speed of light.
5. Nuclear rocket engine. Yawn.
6. Heh, an algebra problem! The rest of my class was on fractions.
7. Oh, crap! Apparently this thread is actually older than I thought
8. An artificial gravity rocket, which worked by centripetal force. I believe I was on vacation when I came up wiht that one.
9. "Particle Structure Ideas". This was probably after I watch "The Elegant Universe" on NOVA for the first time. I attempt to explain why some particles interact more weakly, and why were more resistant to merging under Big-Bang-like conditions.
10. "Flat Glasses". You step on them, they flatten out. Hmm.
11. Ah, yes, "sumorial". Note that I knew nothing of Gauss at the time, and independantly figured out how to calculate 1+2+3+...+n. I called it "sumorial," and I gave it a symbol similar to the factorial's ! -- I combined a $ and a !.
12. Back to astrophysics. I conjecture that matter and antimatter falling into a black hole "rob" the black hole of mass by annihilating.
13. I suggest that after black holes evaporate, some of their gravitational presence remains as "overstreched" regions of spacetime.
14. From my rudimentary knowledge of the law of the conservation of angular momentum and dumbed-down physics, I predict how exactly black holes die after evaporation, "Hawking-style". I can't believe I wrote "Hawking-style".
15. I try to explain inflation!
16. Something about dimension-traveling gravitons, called "KK particles". I had obviously just come home from one of Tyson's lectures, because this page is brimming with astrophysics.
17. Is the 5h dimension probability?
18. An electronic book, with LCD screen pages and internet access, and some kind of eBook service. Dated February 4, 2006. Amazon, I want royalties for the Kindle, damnit.
19. I play around with bases with radii other than a natural number. Included: base -2, base i, base 1/2, and base -1/i. I gues I didn't notice that that last one was just i.
20. If the square root of -1 is i, then what is the square root of i? No, of course it's not (1+i)/root2, it's an ultra-imaginary number! Whoopie!
21. The only idea in here I've ever actually tried to patent: the Privasphere. Essentially a speaker cancels the sound of your voice beyond a certain point by inverting the sound waves of your voice. One problem: it's nearly impossible.
22. What is now more formally known as decimal time: 10 hours in a day, 100 minutes in an hour, and 100 seconds in a minute. I'm still rooting for this one.
23. A formula for the nth Fibonacci number: Fn
) + (Fx
), where x is anythign you want it to be. (This one's actually correct.)
24. An extension of the one-time pad cipher by using digits of an irrational, unending number (say, pi or 8.3*e/45.23) as the key, and a start point along the string for added security. As was pointed out to me, this would require massive computation beyond simply handing out books of random numbers. Note: publicize this one when quantum computers roll around.
25. A digital camera which would use cellphone towers to wirelessly send your pictures to your computer/e-mail. This idea became obsolete when cellphone cameras got a lot better.
26. I basically state that since 1/0 = -1/0, infintiy = - infinity, and the number line is an infinitely large number circle.
That's about all I want to share. There are in fact a few nuggets in there, and therefore don't belong in this thread. Sorry that this list is so long! I was bored in school, and this journal was the result. If anyone wants to see more or even cares, let me know.