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The Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy (Second Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mark McCutcheon
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Book Description

Our search for ultimate understanding -- the Theory of Everything -- has long been the quest of such great scientists as Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, Hawking and many others, and is expected to transform science, providing clarity and understanding that is unknown today, ideally via one single overlooked principle in nature. So far, this quest has produced theories such as Special Relativity, General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, and such recent proposals as "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy" in cosmology. Yet these all suffer serious internal problems and compatibility issues with each other, introducing even more questions, mysteries and paradoxes -- and often even violations of our laws of physics upon closer examination. As a result, the Theory of Everything continues to elude us, leaving a fractured and divided scientific community with no clear direction forward.

The Final Theory shows why this is occurring, exposing centuries of well-intentioned but ultimately misguided scientific thought, and showing that the various known energy phenomena around us are actually the manifestation of a single unifying scientific principle that we have overlooked or misunderstood for centuries. This new principle explains and unites all known phenomena, such as gravity, light, electricity, magnetism and atomic structure, replacing many of today's theories and beliefs with this single scientific principle -- a true candidate for the final Theory of Everything that demystifies and explains our world!

New in the 2010 edition:

* 25% new and extended material
* Analysis of the logical fallacies behind many of our current theories and beliefs
* Simple experiments exposing current flaws and supporting the new principle
* Important new sections on General Relativity, the Crisis in Cosmology and more

The Final Theory is a critically important account of the state of today's science, and the next likely way forward.

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406 of 474 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Logic Puzzle July 22, 2003
The book is fascinating.
I was afraid that the author was going to write "God did it", but this is actually a serious effort to present an alternative, scientifically-derived view of the universe and its forces that differs markedly from our current Standard Theory.
Does he succeed?
Well, that is the fun of the book.
He "must" be wrong, but WHY is he wrong?
You'll come up with easy "gotchas", but he's a step ahead of you.
Certainly the book does any serious reader a good service by assembling in one place the irreducible problems of our current Standard Theory. Of course scientists know these problems, but here they are assembled clearly and sharply demonstrated; a useful antidote to those of some scientific exposure who are too likely to think "We know the answers to most things". We don't, and professional scientists know we don't. Our models, of gravity, of energy, are that: models, and there are flaws in the models.
Another interesting feature of the book is the presentation of enough scientific hisory to see clearly the assumptions, and possible errors, made in forming our Standard Model.
Does this mean that the author's theory is right, and the Standard Theory is "wrong"?
Not necessarily.
It means that both are models of reality, and like any model, the truth is to be found only through empirical testing.
The book is worth reading, even though the ideas in it are iconoclastic; perhaps BECAUSE they are iconoclastic. It took guts to write this book and present it as a scientific text. If you are scientifically educated, the book WILL make you think (once you get past the initial desire to simply dismiss it with a wave of the hand).
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433 of 512 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the scientifically meek January 11, 2005
In the book THE FINAL THEORY Mark McCutcheon ponders the issues of the true nature of Einstein's E = mc2 equation, asks whether anti-gravity is possible, discusses faster-than-light communication, and presents many interesting arguments that he claims to be groundbreaking. Unfortunately, I can't really make much of a judgment as to whether he is successful or not in his claims because my understanding of science is, well, a bit embarrassing. I'm out of my league here. Perhaps that is the best advice I can give about THE FINAL THEORY -- if you are not a scientist then you will probably feel you are in over your head, as I did. The lay reader may want to start with a much simpler book than this. Perhaps the most critical thing I can say is that Mr. McCutcheon's writing and argument is presented well enough so as to make me want to look further into these areas of science.
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415 of 491 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Paradigm August 5, 2003
By Garth
This is an excellent book for anyone that has ever wondered about how scientific views can change. Reading this book made me realize how early scientists must have felt trying to convince the people of their time that the earth revolved around the sun, and not the other way around.
This book presents some novel solutions for perplexing questions that most of us have forgotten that we ever asked. For example, why does a magnet never seems to lose energy? Why is gravity never depleted no matter how much we use it? How does a light bulb glow if it has the same number of electrons come out as go into it? The solution proposed in this book provides an answer for all of these questions as well as other anamolies in such things as the flight pattern of some of the space probes, behaviours of some comets, and waste heat in superconductivity,
Like any theory (including Newton's and Einstein's) there are some unanswered questions, but for anyone with an open mind, this book provides some new and interesting perspectives. If you want a physics textbook don't read this book. If you want to get a better understanding of science and a potential new physics that could emerge then definitely buy this book and read it.
Is it right? Who knows. Is it interesting? Definitely.
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368 of 435 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Assuredly a Challenging and Worthwhile Read February 3, 2005
I finished reading the book on January 21st, 2005, having received it on January 13th. I had a tough time leaving it alone as I went through that rather busy week. The book appealed to and challenged me that much.

I am impressed by the author's obvious intelligence, the breadth of his understanding of today's science and his logical presentation of a surprisingly comprehensive and difficult theory. Kudos to Mark McCutcheon.

Further, I think it would be enormous good fun to be part of an effort that contributes to the testing, validation, clarification, correction, extension, establishment or discrediting of Mark McCutcheon's "Final Theory." I sincerely hope that the rest of us can prove whether his efforts have been worthwhile.

Mark McCutcheon is an audacious author. He is definitely not afraid to challenge the "sacred cows" of existing science and physics Standard Theory. Do yourself a huge favor and DO NOT PERMIT YOURSELF to be one of the close minded, bigoted or self adulating people who will have difficulty being patient and open minded enough to read all the way through the book. Such people will leap to a negative conclusion about the entirety of Mark's "Final Theory" based upon their not understanding or their misunderstanding and negative reaction to some point along the way.

I was tempted to do so, myself. But, as I continued to read I found that later information gave me good reason to be pleased that I had not dismissed the book out of hand. Nevertheless, I found myself highlighting the places where I had issues, as I went.

Mark lays out his theory in a logical step-by-step manner with no overview or preview to give us a look ahead at what is coming (for valid and good reasons).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Theories like beliefs are mostly imaginary
I find that theories are a waste of time. One should get actual facts and proof and if they do not know how to do that perhaps they should be quiet! Read more
Published 1 month ago by John R. Fernandes
5.0 out of 5 stars What questions this Astute Author/Scientist presents?
There are four other reviews under the heading "most helpful" (devores) for example that presented exactly what I perceived about this book and author so there is no further need... Read more
Published 4 months ago by frogman
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad.
If the author's physics were as accomplished as his English grammar he might be worth considering. But this book cannot be taken seriously. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Sligar
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Published 9 months ago by William Fairchild
1.0 out of 5 stars Scientific Drivel - vain and stupid in the extreme.
Sir Isaac Newton’s published his three laws of motion in 1689 and these laws have been repeatedly ratified for over 300 years. Read more
Published 13 months ago by KauKau
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! Everyone should read it.
Wood be good to have a CD attached to the book with some science historical info. And respond from "official" science won't be too bad to have.
Published 15 months ago by Semyon Linetsky
2.0 out of 5 stars Not well written
The book repeats same statement many time even within same chapter. As I read the book, it had no impact on my interest rather it became boring soon due to repetition of same... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Hasanur R Khan
2.0 out of 5 stars Too dense
Too dense a book to read in an orderly manner. Perhaps can be used to debate over beers certainly not too serious to be considered theory.
Published 16 months ago by federico pacheco r
5.0 out of 5 stars Got stuck on chapter two
Got stuck on chapter two as I just could not comprehend a certain illustration. Not being into math so much, was one thing, but the concept was really cool to think about, and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael D. Kast
1.0 out of 5 stars Crackpot science at its worst
This is the worst kind of pseudo-scientific nonsense. I'm dismayed that people so readily accept this garbage. People praising this book need to actually learn real physics. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jim
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Mark McCutcheon holds a combined Electrical Engineering / Physics degree including advanced courses in Quantum Mechanics, Special Relativity and Nuclear Physics, and has worked with various research and development teams in both the telecom industry and in basic science research at several university physics labs.

Despite a conventional scientific education and career, and a passion for science, Mr. McCutcheon has always remained keenly aware that there are many unsolved mysteries, unanswered questions and unresolved paradoxes in today's scientific beliefs. As such, he was well prepared for the inspiration that led to the groundbreaking new scientific paradigm presented in his best-selling science book, The Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy.


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