Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mirror Convexure Infinity



For over a hundred years, man has pondered the puzzling mirror condition of infinite reflections.

The Big Brain specifies reaching infinity through the use of various mirrors. Previously, Plano mirrors were used for this experiment, exhibiting the infinity of seemingly endless reflections. This time, the choice of mirrors include two convex mirrors. These are questions surrounding this experiment:

1) Is infinity reflection state achieved?
2) Is infinity reached faster or slower with convex mirrors compared to plano mirrors?
3) How is the speed of infinity defined?

To answer these questions, one must consider two models. One is purely mathematical and theoretical and the other is the real world actual experiment. For our purposes, both are important. First, the obviates of this experiment include the tiny minute offset of the mirror positions that result in the image shifting position as it continues towards an infinite state. This upsets the infinity purity.

The limit of count (black rings) is eight reflections with two convex mirrors
The second real world factor is the the light reflected by a number images become dimmer and dimmer, thus limiting the actual number of reflections. Contrast also becomes less and less. Resolution degrades. In the case of the convex mirror images, the images become smaller and smaller until finally they merge with the finite microscopic silver grains and the compositional material of the mirrors. The smallness of this effect can be negated by telescope and then followed by a microscope, to make the tiny images larger. However, this has limits, unlike the infinity being sought. We therefore postulate in the real world, one must determine the number of visible reflections en-route towards infinity, where infinity is considered condition that is actually never reached with mirrors in the real world. Reaching infinity means the reflections will continue on and on without stopping. But, are there other types of mirrors in the Universe of the macro or the microscopic and the quantum realities that surround us?

Numbered reflections
The cost of this experiment is 60 cents. Two plastic quality convex chrome "mini blind spot" mirrors were obtained from Wenzhoushi Senhu Locks, part number #SF-011. One mirror is placed on the table. Next to the mirror is a box. A piece of tape is applied to the top of a second mirror and the mirror is connected to the box, parallel to the base mirror, and are concentrically adjusted. The infinity of reflections are observed and recorded.

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