I friend emailed me this over the weekend. I understand it well enough to understand it, but not well enough to prove or disprove it. Well, the water part.

The computer stuff I don’t get at all because I have no idea what he’s talking about.

Any comments?

Check this out. An oceanographer named Willard Bascom presented a wave energy equation asE=wLH^2

`--------- 8`

Where w = weight of cubic foot of water ~64 pounds, L = wave length, and H = height.

So a 4 foot swell with 10 second period (translates to 512 feet between crests) contains 65,536 foot pounds of energy per linear foot.

If the period remains the same but wave height doubles to 8 feet, energy increases fourfold to about 262,000 foot pounds.

And a 27 foot swell at 20 seconds (2,048 feet btwn crests) = 11.9 million foot pounds in a 12 inch wide vertical slice of one wave.

Besides that monster generating enough power to light a city for a week, the mind blowing thing for me is that first equation since I’m a computer guy.

64x512x4^2 = 524,288/8 = 65,536 or 2^64th, the same number of processors in the first massively parallel supercomputer I worked on at Thinking Machines.

I find the synchronicity between 10 base 2 and these wave dynamics mind blowing. A four foot wave measures the same energy as the mathematical model for computer storage and memory.

Geeky wave energy indeed.

Shows why Hydro power has been so prevalent; think of Niagara as a 177 foot wave with a period of 60 seconds (water velocity is about 3 feet per second).

The original wave height/energy analysis was actually published in Book II of Newton’s Principia where he related it to the wind blowing over a distance of water.

The wind of course is a result of the solar energy hitting the earth. As impressive as the 20 foot wave is, it contains less than 10% of total solar energy driving the wave over the unit of time assuming noon at the equator.