“The Final Theory” and other bits and pieces

I havn't had much time to contribute to my blog recently, so it's looked a little cobwebby, but nonetheless, I came across a link to a web-page that I had previously discovered, then lost, and had once or twice wanted to refind it, and so I've copied it as a link here.

http://www.thefinaltheory.com/pages/1/index.htm

You'll notice that the keyword in the URL is "The Final Theory" which is a pretty good self-description of the content of the link. In fact, it's an ad for a book which I've seen in the Science section of a Paddington bookstore with a sticker on it saying something like "Physics that goes beyond Einstein and Newton (or Hawking, I forget)". Peruse the link at your pleasure.

I've been writing comments on Catallaxy, Andrew Leigh's site and Lavatus Prodeo recently and ignoring my own site! Oh well. In addition, I aim to finish my first substantial paper soon (maybe in a week) – it's just dragging on too long.

Biology, evolution and ecology are so interesting! I'm still reading Dawkins "The Ancestor's Tale" – it's completely interesting and enthralling, and is almost any well-made documentary on the natural world. Maybe this is a later career for me – studying living creatures and their ecosystems. Or something in international relations (ok, this is a fantasy at the moment, but in the future…), or in Earth science, or climate studies, or whole earth studies. It's easy to think that there are too many interesting things in the world!

I've recently signed up for Seti@home and Einstein@home which are distributed computing projects run by Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing at this link:

http://boinc.berkeley.edu/

Seti is, as its name suggests, concerned with attempted to see if a signal from aliens is in amongst a huge amount of data and Einstein@home "is a program that uses your computer's idle time to search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO (see http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/) and GEO gravitational wave detectors." How interesting and exciting! I remember reading "Black holes and Time Warps" by Kip S. Thorne in the mid-90s in which he discussed the planning for LIGO and the possibility of success, and to now be helping the project in its analysis of data is great, unexpected, and amazing.

Alas, all the jobs at LIGO seem to require you to properly know physics either theoretically or practically, rather than to merely have the potential to. Oh well!

7 Responses to “The Final Theory” and other bits and pieces

  1. GMB says:

    This fellow looks like he has the right approach. I’m just downloading his first chapter on pdf now.

    But one can see that something is deeply wrong with the current physics. But this does not validate ones own theories. And at the same time if holes can be picked up in this fellows theories it will not mean that his critique of mainstream physics is invalid.

  2. Sacha says:

    “Mainstream” physicists have attempted to seriously debate the author about his ideas – the debates should be easily found via a search.

  3. GMB says:

    I’ve seen debates with Van Flandern and the mainstreamers are just ridiculous. They think they have refuted Van Flandern without even discussing the models he’s pushing. Like they’ll merely attempt to shore up their own model, and that to them is a refutation.

    If you find the debates with this other fellow let me know.

  4. Sacha says:

    Hi GMB, the link is http://homepage.mac.com/ruske/ruske/finaltheory.html

    It is a very long recitation of e-mails between someone asking the author questions about his theories, the author’s responses, and other people. I recall that the spirit in which the e-mail exchange started was one of genuine inquiry. I didn’t have the time to read and study the entire e-mail debate, but you may find it interesting.

  5. Steve Edney says:

    Hmm,

    Well I had my suspicions from the title but this quote is telling.

    “This truly is the answer to how our universe operates — not just in my opinion or pet theory .. examine the evidence as you read, even solid mathematical proof as on page 190, which it seems you may not have reached. ”

    Well there’s nothing like confidence.

  6. GMB says:

    Yeah I tend to think the same Steve. A fellow sees that the current setup is untenable and then gets this mixed up with his own ideas.

    But I’m supposing that some of his ideas have some sort of intellectual merit.

  7. Sacha says:

    Some of his ideas may well have merit – it’s all a question of comparing his ideas with the results of relevant experiments and to honestly evaluate whether his ideas have merit. “Honest evaluation” can, however, get mixed up with emotion.

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