Sunday, February 10, 2013

Up-goer five Glass

Here is my attempt to explain my thesis using only the ten hundred most used words in English. I used the marvellous Up-Goer Five text editor by Theo Sanderson inspired by XKCD.

When you cool a water-like stuff, you get a hard stuff. In many hard stuffs, the bits are lining straight. But in other hard stuffs there is no straight line.

The hard stuff that make the walls of a can do have straight lines. Because of those lines you can make the can smaller by pushing down on it without breaking it into pieces. Window glass has no line, so if you push it too strong it will break into pieces, but if you push it just a little bit it is harder that a can, you can't make it smaller by pushing it. Having no lines makes hard stuffs even harder. Also, that is because there is no straight line in window glass that the light can get through, straight lines stop light or make it funny.

Sometimes you want very very hard stuffs, or see-through hard stuffs, so you don't want lines in it. Sometimes you want hard stuffs that you can push hard without breaking, or hard stuff that stop light or make it funny, so you need lines. It is very important to know how to make lines or not to make lines.

The problem is: no one knows how to control the lines. Also, no one knows why stuffs without lines can be hard at all!

Water-like stuffs have no lines and they are not hard. So it is not lines that decide if a stuff is hard or not. What decides then? People had this idea: if bits of stuff group together they become hard. If you stick those groups together, you can make hard stuff. You can group bits of stuff by five, that makes them very hard. You can also makes groups of six which are quite hard.

By the way, if you make groups of six, it is easy to make lines out of it, so you have made a hard stuff with lines. But if you make groups of five, you can't make lines, so you have made a hard stuff without lines.

Is this idea right? To know this, I looked at stuffs that are still water-like but cold enough to become hard. If I cool down a little more, they become hard stuff without line. These stuffs are in between water-like stuff and no-line-hard stuff. Actually they are a little bit hard. People found that some parts of it are slow and some parts are fast. The colder you get, the larger those fast and slow parts become.

What people think, it that hard parts must be slow. So I looked if there was groups of five or groups of six, there was, and if they are slow or fast. I found that both kind of groups are slow, but groups of six are much slower than groups of five. This is a surprise! Also, I found that the more I cool down, the more groups of six I see. I don't see more groups of five. So it is the groups of six that are important to make the stuff hard, not the groups of five.

So, what makes stuffs without lines hard is not groups that can't make lines. It is groups that could make lines but there is something in the way. Maybe that is the groups of five that get in the way.