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Exploding a Myth: Conventional Wisdom or Scientific Truth? [Paperback]

J Dunning-Davies
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June 29, 2007 1904275303 978-1904275305 1
In this book Jeremy Dunning-Davies deals with the influence that "conventional wisdom" has on science, scientific research and development. He sets out to 'explode' the mythical conception that all scientific topics are open for free discussion and argues that no-one can openly raise questions about relativity, dispute the 'Big Bang' theory, or the existence of black holes, which all seem to be accepted facts of science rather than science fiction.

In today's modern climate with "Britain's radioactive refuse heap already big enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall" (Edmund Conway, Economics Editor The Daily Telegraph 28.11.06), it is alarming that there are potential advances in hadronic mechanics which could conceivably pave the way for new clean energies and even a safe in-house method for the disposal of nuclear waste, that have not even been considered by the present establishment. These examples are from the field of physics but there can be little doubt that outside factors have affected the progress of most, if not all, branches of science for many years. Factors other than purely scientific ones still appear to be exerting tremendous influences on progress in a wide variety of fields. Is it too idealistic or naïve to expect that science should remain pure and stay unaffected by such factors? Dr Dunning-Davies presents a beautifully written argument that if science is to progress, and be of any real use, these external factors must be held at bay.
  • Investigates the influence that "conventional wisdom" has on science, scientific research and development

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Are all scientists really candid about their researches, or are they sometimes swayed by considerations which are definitely not in the true spirit of science? It may well be so, and in this book Professor Dunning-Davies, a distinguished academic, asks some questions that certainly need answering., Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS
A must-read for anyone concerned about dangerous anti-scientific influences in our time, including those masquerading as scientific.”, Prof. Stein Johansen, Ph.D. Philosophy of Science, Norway
Daring to take on the Establishment almost single-handedly, the author attempts a brave stance. ...The book is a stimulating, sometimes passionate, challenge.”, The Observatory Magazine

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Jeremy Dunning-Davies, University of Hull, UK

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Woodhead Publishing; 1 edition (June 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904275303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904275305
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,127,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem of a book June 8, 2010
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It's easy to forget that science has a sacred duty, and that is to seek truth. As James P. Hogan has written, author of Kicking the Sacred Cow, "Science is concerned with objective reality: the way things are, that lie beyond the power of human desires or action to change. The purpose is to discover what's true, which means accepting that the answers will remain what they are regardless of how passionately we might wish them to be otherwise or how many others we might persuade to share our convictions. Preconceptions are discarded as far as is humanly possible. Facts alone determine what is believed, and whether the consequences are considered socially, politically, ethically, or otherwise good or bad falls where it may." I think that science must challenge "conventional wisdom" if it is to make progress. Sadly, we are in a period where authoritarian, dogmatic interests seem to control.

For example, Einstein himself expressed doubts as to the validity of the "black hole" as it is presented today; the published paper, "On the gravitational field of a mass point according to Einstein's theory" by by K. Schwarzschild as translated and posted on [...] by S. Antoci and A. Loinger "contains the ORIGINAL form of the solution of Schwarzschild's problem. The solution is regular in the whole space-time, with the only exception of the origin of the spatial co-ordinates; consequently, it leaves no room for the science fiction of the black holes". But black holes have become a major industry. Dunning-Davies book should neither be controversial nor ignored. Dr.
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Professor Myron W Evans writes about this book:

"This is a readable, well presented, and scientifically accurate book which
gives a fair minded account of the errors in the theory of relativity which
have led to the myths of Big Bang and black holes. It is now known from papers
93 ff on [...] that the Einstein field equation
is self inconsistent, so there can be no theoretical basis for either
concept. It is well known now that they are dogma propagated by an unscientific
minority with vested interest in public funding. Jeremy Dunning-Davies presents
a well balanced summary of the situation in 2007, prior to the discovery in
paper 93 that the Einstein field equation is itself incorrect because of its
neglect of spacetime torsion. Therefore the author is perfectly correct in
pointing out the numerous flaws in Big Bang theory and black hole theory. In
particular he shows that there is no singularity that can lead to black holes.
The notion of Big Bang was proven to be mathematically incorrect in paper 93
ff. of _[...] ([...]) . It was found that the Robertson
Walker metric does not obey fundamental geometry when torsion is properly
accounted for. The author correctly and interestingly points out that several
distinguished scientists have proven that there is no singularity in the
original work by Schwarzschild in 1916. These include Schwarzschild himself, Albert
Einstein (Ann. Math., 40, 922 (1939)), Paul Dirac ("General Theory of
Relativity" (Princeton Univ Press, reprinted 1996) and Brillouin. Crothers has also
given an interesting history of the fallacies in Big Bang and black hole
theory, and the work in paper 93 ff.
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