Posts Tagged ‘Dirac’

24 Model

Friday, December 10th, 2010

There are two elements to this book, and it is important to distinguish between them.

The first is a detailed deconstruction and criticism of current theory. It has been taken as read that modern physics theory is complex and mathematical, and we have suggested that this is partly but not solely the cause of its unintelligibility. The case we have argued is that modern physics, from around 1905 onwards, is literally incoherent, containing fundamental conflicts in its ideas and theories, and that this runs much more deeply than the acknowledged bifurcation of theory post 1900. Most damagingly, there are significant elements of this that amount to a basic rejection of scientific methodology. (more…)

5 Maxwell

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

James Clerk Maxwell was able to create the definitive mathematical model for electromagnetism only because he thought of the problem mechanically, a fact that is all but lost today. Maxwell felt that electromagnetic phenomena were events that take place in a background medium. Towards the start of his famous ‘Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism’, he wrote (more…)

2 Encountering Physics

Friday, February 26th, 2010

During the course of my investigations into theoretical physics I have come to know many physicists and to call a number of them my friends. Without exception, these are talented, intelligent, thoughtful, dedicated people who are also great fun to spend time with. It is simply that they have been taught and hold fast to a quasi-scientific belief system that is unsustainable and bizarre.

I do not wish anything I write here or subsequently to suggest that these people are foolish or incompetent. Nothing could be further from the truth. Accessing new understanding that has not existed before is extremely difficult, as the history of science makes clear.

Nevertheless, the theoretical research process in physics is ineffectual and the collective consciousness rogue. There are a relatively small number of incompetents in physics, as there are in all walks of life, and these include some but not all of the most televisually prominent. These are men, invariably, who have immersed themselves in incoherent theory for so long that their grasp on scientific principle and logic has become tenuous. (more…)