Book: Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age

A computer scientist uses the laws of fractal patterns to predict the end of the world

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Will the world undergo a ”cataclysmic shift” on 21 December 2012—the end of history, as the ancient Mayan calendar would have it? A number of books say it will. The latest—and the one with the thickest technological wrapping—is Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age by Gregg Braden.

Braden worked as a computer scientist for Phillips Petroleum, Martin Marietta Defense Systems, and Cisco Systems before turning his attention to spiritual matters. His latest book—and what he must imagine to be his last—merges the laws of fractal patterns (smaller shapes or patterns representative of the larger whole) with ancient cyclic views of the universe.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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