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-kòn´) noun Symbol Si
A nonmetallic element occurring
extensively in the earth's crust in silica and silicates, having both an
amorphous and a crystalline allotrope, and used doped or in combination
with other materials in glass, semiconducting devices, concrete, brick,
refractories, pottery, and silicones. Atomic number 14; atomic weight 28.086;
melting point 1,410°C; boiling point 2,355°C; specific gravity
2.33; valence 4.
silicon (sil'i-kon`) noun
A semiconductor used in
many devices, especially microchips. Silicon, with atomic number 14 and
atomic weight 28, is the second most common element in nature.
Silicon, symbol Si, semimetallic
element that is the second most common element on earth, after oxygen.
The atomic number of silicon is 14, and the atomic weight is 28.086.
Properties and Occurrence
Silicon forms about 28 percent
of the earth's crust, but it does not occur alone. It is found as silicon
dioxide and in complex silicates. Nearly 40 percent of all common minerals
contain silicon. The mineral quartz
and varieties of quartz (such as onyx and flint) are naturally occurring
crystal forms of silica (silicon dioxide). Sand is mostly silicon dioxide.
Silicate minerals- pyroxenes, micas, and zeolites- form most of clays,
soils, and rocks. Semiprecious stones, such as garnet, zircon, topaz, and
tourmaline, also contain large amounts of silicates.
Silicon is a semiconductor.
Its abundance in nature and the ability to control its electrical
properties have made possible the development and widespread application
of transistors and integrated circuits by the electronics industry. Silicon
is also used in the steel industry. Silicon steel, which contains from
2.5 to 4 percent silicon, is used in making the cores of electrical transformers.
Silicon is also added to brass and bronze alloys. Silica and silicates
are used in the manufacture of glass, glazes, enamels, cement, and porcelain.
Sodium silicate, an important synthetic silicate, is a colorless, water-soluble
solid. The water solution of sodium silicate, called water glass, is used
for preserving eggs, for glue in making boxes, and for fireproofing.
Silicon Valley (sîl´î-ken
A region of western California
southeast of San Francisco known for its high-technology design and manufacturing
A method of fabricating
semiconductors in which the semiconductor devices are formed in a thin
single layer of silicon that has been grown on an insulating substrate
of synthetic sapphire.
Jöns Jakob Berzelius
"To see a world in a grain
of sand..." is a vision of William Blake framed in a sampler on the wall
by my bed. Blake's words offer a poetic summation of the microcosm;
worlds inscribed on grains of sand, the silicon chip. Wrought of
sand, oxygen, and aluminum, the three most common substances in the Earth's
crust, the microprocessor distills ideas as a complex as a street map of
America onto a sliver of silicon the size of a thumbnail. This gift
of the quantum
is a miracle of compression.
The gift of the telecosm is a miracle of expansion: grains of sand spun
into crystalline fibers and woven into worldwide webs.
- George Gilder - _Telecosm_
I have had a thought about this recently
which I will tell you. One of the science
fiction fantasies that haunts the collective
unconscious is expressed in the phrase "a world run by machines"; in the 1950s
this was first articulated in the notion, "perhaps the future will be a terrible
place where the world is run by machines." Well now, let's think about machines
for a moment. They are extremely impartial, very predictable, not subject to moral
suasion, value neutral, and very long lived in their functioning. Now let's think
about what machines are made of, in the light
morphogenetic field theory. Machines are made of metal, glass, gold, silicon,
plastic; they are made of what the earth is made of. Now wouldn't it be
strange if biology is a way for earth to alchemically
transform itself into a self-reflecting thing. In which case then, what we're
headed for inevitably, what we are in fact creating is a world run by machines.
And once these machines are in place, they can be expected to manage our economies, languages,
social aspirations, and so forth, in such a way that we stop killing each other,
stop starving each other, stop destroying land, and so forth. Actually the fear
of being ruled by machines is the male ego's fear of relinquishing control of
the planet to the maternal matrix
- temporal shift
- inner polarity
- _Lepton Head pt III_
- from film _Little Man Tate_ - face: Jodie Foster
"What did you just
call me? - Lepton.
hell is that? - You wouldn't understand.
a minute, speak slowly then!
- Ok. A lepton
is a z particle.
- Do you
know what protons and electrons are?
- Okay, what
- Those teeny
tiny things that atoms are made of?
- Well leptons
are even smaller..."
- _The Neuromancer_
- _Spiritual Beings In Physical Bodies_
- sample: "Purity of the membrane that exists
between worlds, the seen and the unseen, the physical and the spiritual.
And that we are spiritual beings in physical bodies."
- ion tribe
- _Silicon Trip_
shakti shakta (edit)
- sample: "Don't go mystical or paranoid on
me - NOT NOW! That computer thinks, but we're the ones in control."
604 track _The Sixth Revelation_
off of _The Mystery Of The Thirteen Skulls_ compilation on TIPWorld
sample: "first there is water,
then it looks for the mother, which is silicon... and it always is in geo-thermal
activity... volcanoes, where there's pressure and a lot of heat... this
creates and forms a quartz
crystal in six sides... it grows bright and ... according to the...
it has positive and negative qualities on each of its faces... so that's
where ... radios , televisions, computers, watches, sonar,
radar - everything that is communication comes from ... quartz crystals..."