Posts Tagged ‘Einstein’

22 Attraction

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Noise is also potentially the key to gravitational effects. We are all familiar with our inability to fly or float in the air. The clearest indication that wave noise might be the mechanism for all gravitational effects comes, not from the effect of gravity on matter, but on light. Light bends as it passes the Sun, and this is a gravitational effect and well studied. It is another indication that calling light ‘electromagnetic’ may be inappropriate.

This is a mathematically simple phenomenon and sometimes referred to as gravitational refraction. It is well known to be equivalent to a rather non-relativistic suggestion, that the speed of light is dependent on its gravitational environment, with light moving slower in a stronger gravitational field. (more…)

9 The fall of physics: quantum theory

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Of the two ‘great theories’ of twentieth century physics, quantum mechanics is known as the more mysterious, the more impenetrable to rational, deterministic analysis, a strange and bizarre theory that requires a complete rethink of scientific method and principle. We will not find any of this to be the case.

Einstein said of quantum mechanics that ‘One ought really to be ashamed of the successes, as they are obtained with the help of the Jesuitic rule: “One hand must not know what the other does”’[i]

Later, in 1951, he wrote to his friend Besso: ‘What are light quanta?  Nowadays every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks he knows it, but he is mistaken.’ (more…)

01 The State of Denmark

Friday, February 26th, 2010

However you slice it, there is something wrong with Physics.

Not with all of it, or even most of it if you measure it paper by scientific paper, or by volume of funding. But there is a problem with its theoretical core, and this is recognised by physicists.

It is, firstly and most obviously, unintelligible. There are many aspects that contribute to this, and we will try to separate these out as we go. We will find that some of these are recognised explicitly by its practitioners, some are recognised implicitly, and there are some to which physicists, in the main, appear oblivious.

It is complex, in a manner and to an extent that is not found anywhere else in science, currently or historically. In the first half of this book we will deconstruct theoretical physics, take it apart idea by idea, and what we will find is that much of it is extraneous and unnecessary. This is not such a surprise as it may seem, as we shall see shortly. (more…)