Libb Thims (Apr 2014 lecture)

Libb Thims lecture (2014) overview
An overview of the 16 Apr 2014 talk “Floating Magnets Experiment and Humans as Powered Atomic Geometries” given American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims to Chicago students Jake (age 7) and Temple (age 8) to explain the chemistry and physics of human dynamics using via the floating magnets experiment and the endothermic and exothermic reactions.
In Libb Thims (lectures), Libb Thims’ Apr 2014 lecture is an April 16th, 2014 lecture, given by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims, entitled:

“Floating Magnets Experiment and Humans as Powered Atomic Geometries”

The talk is centered around a demonstration of the famous “floating magnets experiment”, done originally by English chemist-physicist William Gilbert (1590), using loadstones and wooden boats, and American physicist Alfred Mayer (1878), using magnetized needles and cork, albeit this time done using more powerful neodymium magnets and foam board.

The floating smaller negative (-) charges (polarities) and hovering larger positive (+) charges (polarities), will be used as representative models of electrons (-) and protons (+) to show how atom structure and how molecules, i.e. geometrical structures of atoms, form from atomic interactions.

The following are some of the geometrical patters:

Floating magnets (7-10)
Floating magnets (12-20)
Here we can discern the underlying nature of phenomena such as wars and revolutions, namely that in patterns 7, 10, 12, 16, and 20 there is a cohesive stability pattern, i.e. social peace, one might say, speaking anthropomorphically, and the jump from each involves less stable middle arrangement transition states, e.g. patterns 8 (shown) and 9, both less geometrically cohesive, in going from 7 to 10, both more geometrically cohesive, the dynamics of which can be seen in the video. Scaled up to the human social level, the daily input of photos insures that proton-electron configuration geometries grow, i.e. societies increase, according to which jumps to new stability patterns will be inevitable.

Chemical bond
The following shows an illustration of chemical bond between two magnetic modeled carbon atoms to form a diatomic carbon C≡C or carbon molecule C2:

floating magnets (carbon bond model)

Full lecture of Libb Thims’ 16 Apr 2014 talk on “Floating Magnets Experiment and Humans as Powered Atomic Geometries”.
This demonstration will be accompanied by a demonstration, via thermometer (measurement), endothermic reaction (heat-absorbing), specifically the baking soda (NaHCO3) and vinegar (CH3COOH) reaction and an exothermic reaction (heat-releasing), specifically the baking soda solution (NaHCO3) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) reaction, as models to explain the difference between hot and cold reactions between people, or technically endergonic reactions (work-absorbing) and exergonic (work-releasing) reactions between people, defined as powered chemicals, as typified by the phrase: “It’s NOT working between us any more, I’m sick of you” (endergonic) or “Are relationship WORKS great—we love each other!” (exergonic). [1]

These three basic demonstrations will then be used to answer the typical questions that children have as they grow, using specifically American socio-political philosopher Jeremy Rifkin's 2010 “Big Questions” of children model (see: video (0:10-5:00) + belief system (children)) and the Pakistani-born British philosopher-journalist and TED curator Chris Anderson's 2012 “Questions No One Knows the Answers To” model (see: video (0:00-3:45). [2]

The talk will aim to be 30-45 minutes and given to Chicago students Jake (age 7) and Temple (age 8), during their spring break, on Wednesday, Apr 16th, at 10:00-10:45 AM, prior to going on a field trip to the Chicago History Museum.

The lecture will be video recorded and made available on YouTube (via the HumanChemistry101External link icon (c)channel).

The following are a few video stills from the lecture. The following (48:45) shows Thims taking the final state temperature of the exothermic chemical reaction (baking soda + vinegar), in front of The Egyptian Book of the Dead (1550BC), the Bible (150AD), and On the Equilibrium of Heterogeneous Substances (1876) by Willard Gibbs, the three big paradigm changing books of human understandings of nature:

Thims lecture (EBD)

The following (25:30) shows Thims explaining what reactants and products are in the context of the fundamental forces of nature, gravitational force, electromagnetic force, and strong nuclear force:

Thims lecture (reactants and products)

(add discussion)

1. (a) Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions – (a K-8 themed site).
(b) See: Thims’ Apr 2013 lecture (section: human chemical reaction theory) for more on this.
2. (a) Rifkin, Jeremy. (2009). The Empathic Civilization: the Race to Global Consciousness in a World of Crisis. Polity Press.
(b) Chris Anderson (entrepreneur) – Wikipedia.

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