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He adds: "...[I]n the current academic climate, foundational questions seem to be considered the remit of philosophy -- not of physics, and get precious little attention."
Until now. Thomas looks at the similarities between the two theories: Einstein's Special and General Theories of Relativity which governs macro-level phenomena and Dirac's quantum mechanics, which governs sub-atomic phenomena. Consider a picture of a spaceship drawn on an otherwise empty blackboard. How fast is it moving? Well, on Einstein's thinking it sort of seems like an ill-formed question. In Newtonian absolute space-time it might be completely still, but that has long been consigned to the scrap heap of history. On the new model, it can only be moving or still in relation to something else. On its own, it's has no value. Or, as Thomas thinks, it has EVERY possible value. In short, the way we understand a spaceship in this situation could be the same way we understand an unobserved quantum according to quantum mechanics: every possible value before interaction with the rest of the universe (observation), some specific value after observation.Read more ›
Andrew Thomas takes this a step further. He suggests that we consider a space ship travelling through space without any frame of reference. We know that it is moving, and that we will be able to measure its velocity once we have another frame of reference, so what is its current velocity prior to having that second frame of reference? His answer is that its velocity is "ALL" the velocities between 0 and the speed of light. It is only once we have a second frame of reference that the space ship's velocity collapses to measurable rate.
Quantum mechanics works exactly the same. If you are familiar with QM then you will have seen the light through two slits experiment.Read more ›
Actually, there is some humor mixed in there as well, so I think I would actually enjoy seeing this play out at the local physicist' pub (maybe called Mind Your Pints and Quarks?).
Mr. Thomas does make an earnest effort to explain very complex concepts in plain English examples, and I must admit he opened some doors for me in areas I've struggled before. I will also give credit for his approach of building up from foundational principles, where experimental methods have previously fallen short. I think that is a good approach.
However, I find his logic falls short throughout...
**** SPOILERS ****
One of his foundational principles was a huge logical leap. If I interpreted correctly, he is saying that since there is observable quantum entanglement, then EVERYTHING in the universe must be assumed to be interconnected. Not just small systems, not just a phenomena we haven't explained yet, his only allowable conclusion is that everything in the universe is connected and therefore the universe must be dealt with as a whole. Perhaps the end conclusion is valid for other reasons, but offering it as the only logical conclusion of quantum entanglement just missed the mark.Read more ›
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Great books! Simplified some complex theories and principles! Highly recommend!!Published 3 days ago by Rob Hunley
It is a very good book that It try to connect central and important physics concept in a simple manner.Published 7 days ago by Hugo Manuel Vives
Yay, I have a very similar kind of approach to this effort. Easy to read and follow. I think the book meets its goals and does not go off the deep end. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Allen E. Francom
Another great physics book, easily accessible and under stood, excellent author.Published 28 days ago by frank fletcher
I would like to say that, whether or not this book is any good is, to me, irrelevant.
I can see why some people are up in arms about Thomas' manner of approaching the... Read more
Too complex for me. A bit on the technical side, A lot of it was over my head. I didn't finish the book.Published 1 month ago by JOEnSF
While I am not a physicist, I do understand the general nature of the universe, and I do not agree that the author's viewpoint about the nature of the universe is completely... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Oldham
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I would say the answer to your second question is yes, they are different. For the first question, I believe the author point is sure, if you could measure the size of the universe, you could then state anything else's size as a relationship to the size of the universe. Or vise versa, you could... Read More
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