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What a place it was .........
« on: 21/03/2016 22:41:03 »
Reading thebox and his theories about not having a theory, reminds me of the first time that I entered a physics forum, a long, a very long, time ago,  I had somehow acquired a computer with an internet connection and thought to myself, " here I am with a computer and the internet, what would I like to know ?"  I remembering thinking to myself "It's been almost 400 years since Newton, I wonder what the latest theories about light are? It must be something really fantastic by now, with all this time gone by to explore new ideas and polish existing ones." So it was with great expectations that I entered the search. I was not disappointed, I was led to a forum where I was informed physics was discussed , I am not sure which forum it was but I think it was the superstring theory forum. I was also told that some of the best minds in physics were present here and to just listen if possible. Entering into this forum was almost like a virtual reality experience. The first thing that struck one was the quietness, it had almost the effect of being in a long colonnaded  hall divided into cubicles, it was almost possible to imagine one's echoing footsteps as one (traversed ?) that hall. Many of the members of this forum appeared to be professors relaxing after work. Some of them would be holding long soliloquies about the particular problem that was taxing them at that moment, continuing night after night from where they had left off the previous night. Occasionally a colleague would make a comment or a suggestion but otherwise it was pretty quiet. What was interesting was that someone who had already spent the day immersed in learning, could consider talking about the same thing away from work  as a form of relaxation and leisure. There was one gentleman who was very energetic and who was not to be disturbed under any circumstances who was engrossed with a problem involving dirac equations, who would set up a long string of dirac equations:
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He would start of a sequence and then decide that it was not right and would start all over again. 
Then of course there was the general discussion,which was very quiet, not heated at all, but little by little the problems seemed to accumulate, the multiple dimensions needed to explain certain aspects, what this meant, that in our existence we have only three dimensions but to explain certain theories it might be necessary to have a multi-dimension solution, that there might be 11 or 12 or even more dimensions. The problems with trying to adapt Maxwell's wave equations into a particulate form and so on.
At first I was content to sit quietly in on these forums without saying a word, but as the situation went ever further  from my sought for enlightenment (pun) on the nature of light, it seemed to be more opaque (pun) and shrouded in confusion now than ever, I began to make a few comments. Soon there was a heated discussion going on, with all the underlying dissensions and discontentments coming to the fore. One result of this was that the forum was closed down, at least to the public.
I went to another forum (physicsforums) and began to formulate my own theory of light, which was very much the same theory that I have today, with the result that I had the distinction of being one of the first persons banned from a forum for my ideas ( I was corrupting young minds) instead of for my language or for inappropriate behaviour. Soon to my dismay there were millions and millions of physics theories floating around, everyone seemed to have a pet theory of everything, everyone wanted to be the next Einstein with their Grand Unified Field Theories. The upshot of this was that new theories got banned from almost every physics forum on the net. One side effect was that moderators everywhere took to fire storming dissenters of accepted physical theories like quantum mechanics in order to discourage the proliferation of chaos and totally wild and ridiculous ideas.
Still I am glad that Nakedscientists has a forum for new theories, I almost got banned here too, but I have to say it is nice to be able to discuss new ideas, instead of being fed tired and ridiculous ideas in which we are not interested.
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Re: What a place it was .........
« Reply #1 on: 22/03/2016 02:07:24 »
I should probably add that I was so much in awe of the physicists at the super string forum ( probably with every reason) that I would  have accepted without question their view that multiple dimensions were needed to explain the world satisfactorily, fortunately the greater majority of the physicists there were extremely antagonistic towards the idea of using multiple dimensions and stated that only a solution involving the three dimensions that we could actually perceive would be acceptable to them and that using multiple dimensions to solve the problem was an unacceptable short cut on the same level as cheating.
One positive outcome of visiting the superstring theory forum was that I did in fact achieve, at least in part, what I had been looking for. The new developments that had occurred  in the study of the nature of light since the time of Newton, was Max Planck's discovery of light quanta, something about which I hadn't had a clue till then.  It was such a fascinating and wonderful discovery that it probably rivaled the effect that Newton's splitting of white light into component colours by a prism and then recombining them had in his day It is a great pity that Max Planck's light quanta has been dealt with in such a slothful manner, all conjecture and hocus pocus with no attempt at a rational explanation.  In fact with physicists almost reveling in making statements that a rational explanation of light and sub-atomic phenomena  was unacceptable!
« Last Edit: 22/03/2016 02:11:58 by McQueen »
 

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