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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2012
This is a reasonably well-written explication of the theories of Gabriel LaFreniere regarding the underlying reality behind quantum mechanics. LaFreniere postulates that quantum theory is NOT a complete description of reality (agreeing with Einstein), and lays out what he believes is the underlying reality and the evidence that he believes supports this.

It is an interesting theory: the basic building block of everything is the neutrino, and the sub-atomic particles we detect today were created by the incredible heat immediately following the Big Bang, which we cannot yet duplicate and that is why we cannot experimentally verify the true constituents of these particles today, but basically all particles are actually composed of standing waves, locked into place just after the Big Bang.

This is not main stream physics, to put it mildly. LaFreniere is not the first (nor will he be the last) to attempt to depict an underlying reality behind quantum mechanics. I am not aware of any proposed experiments which could verify or defeat his theories, so the arguments will continue.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2013
Pseudo science? Really? Mainstream physics would have us believe in 11 dimensions, gravity leaking from one of those "other" dimensions, virtual particles, parallel worlds, things popping into and out of existence, the absence of causality, particles being in many places at once, etc. etc. But this book is pseudo science? Really? "The Standard Model is one of the most successful theories in the history of science." The Standard Model is an observation matrix included with an ad hoc mathematical construct that has to be amended every time something new flies out of an accelerator. Miley Cyrus probably has a better theory for why the electron mass is the value it is. Oh wait, the Standard Model doesn't even have a theory for that. And don't even get me started on String Theory. The game of Monopoly does a better job of explaining how reality works than String Theory. 2 + 2 is not 4 like you have been taught and every real world experiment would have you believe. It is actually 37.4. The other 33.4 is wrapped up in other dimensions. Sorry, you can never see those dimensions or perform any real word experiment that would verify those other dimensions exist - you just have to trust me. Anyway, all sarcasm aside, mainstream physics has lost its way and needs to start vigorously exploring new ideas. It is too important not to. The ideas presented in this book are a breath of fresh air. Jeff Yee does not invoke magic to explain basic mechanics in particle physics. Certainly the intuitive plausibility of some of these concepts deserves more investigation. Thanks Jeff! If you have not already done so, please start a website where these ideas can be debated (no magicians allowed).
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
The Particles of the Universe is an incredibly well written, thought-provoking book. The amount of research that the author has done on the subject of modern physics is simply amazing. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in physics and the foundations of science and time. The in-depth analysis of the workings of matter from the smallest scale out to edges of the universe, encompassing and linking time and gravity into the equation, make for a book you'll be thinking about long after you finish it.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2014
The book starts off on the wrong track right after it leaves the station. The author states that matter consists of converging waves. These waves are longitudinal, like sound waves, which require a medium called aether. The existence of such a medium establishes a preferred reference frame, where all motions are defined with respect to the aether. This flies in he face of experiment -- the famous Michelson-Morley experiments -- and directly contradicts the special theory of relativity. The author makes use of the mass-energy equivalence many times throughout this book; however, he fails to realize that this equivalence was derived from and depends on the very theory of relativity that he rejects by the introduction of aether.

Other gaps in logic are evident. Acording to the author, the proton consists of four electrons arranged in a tetrahedron with a positron located in the center, which gives the proton a positive charge. But the author offers no explanation of how the four negatively charged electron fail to contribute anything to the net charge. Conservation laws are violated left and right throughout this book.

Other misunderstandings and misrepresentation of quantum physics abound. In the preface, it is alleged that the uncertainty principle is nothing more than a matter of photons used for taking measurements disturbing the position or momentum being measured. Nothing could be further from the truth. The uncertainty principle is fundamental limitation and it stems from an inherent lack of information that is available concerning the state of an object. Infinitely precise measurements require infinite amounts of information, but the universe simply cannot supply us with infinite amounts of information in a finite length of time.

This theory takes a fundamental truth -- the particle/wave duality -- and twists it into an unrecognizable mess that can't pass the most cursory examination.

Don't waste $.99 on this tripe.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2013
An eminently readable, logical and well-argued alternative to the convoluted theories of the more complex Quantum Mechanics' attempt to determine and explain the basic particles from which the Universe is constructed.

Yes, it re-introduces the concept of an "aether" through which energy flows in space but this, in itself, could help to explain why space is neither totally empty nor at absolute zero. Conversely, the concept of the aether removes the need to discover a gravitron, for which no evidence has yet been found other than, perhaps, a gap in the equivalent to the Periodic Table for Quantum Mechanics' particles.

This alternative approach removes the need for logically absurd explanations such as those for the results of the double-slit experiment and its description of the likely appearance of an electron agrees amazingly well with the photograph of a single electron taken at Lund University.

The simple algebra introduced by Yee was welcome in support of his text as was his provision of units for (most of) the variables used, although there is an error at Kindle location 449 (27%) whereby the radius of an electron is given in Kilogrammes rather than Metres. No other typographical errors were detected.

It would be interesting to have Yee's approached compared with that of String Theory, to which it appears closer than to Quantum Mechanics. Whichever theory, current or yet to be developed, proves to be the most reliable, Yee's description of the "Wave Structure Matter" theory is enjoyable, well presented and a highly credible alternative both to Quantum Mechanics and the String Theory to which it appear most closely allied but without the logical absurdities of the latter.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2012
Not since the Origin of Spiecies have I read anything with such wow factor! As with the Origin, this work is beautiful in it's simplicity, largely supported by imperical evidence and short on speculation. The evidence presented was done in such logical clarity I continuosly found myself clearly understanding what previously I did not, as well as things not even mentioned.
Nice work Mr. Yee!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
Good read, worth the time investment but not convincing. Unverifiable disprovable theories lie outside the realm of science. The whole blaise acceptance of the existence of aether detracts from its validity. Postulating infinite undetectable unknowable massless forceless granules as medium for all reality is a big assumption. Also a very weak description of gravity and failure to address Einsteins description of gravity which is implied and proved in general and special relativity but to then use other parts of the theories to back up and prove isolated segments of his theory is contradictory. Also dark matter and energy are big misses. And also the fact that electromagnetic waves don't all have the same frequency. Pure energy, photons or light can exist at a variety of frequencies. That is how we have different colored light. Rainbows etc. This fantastical theory may very cleverly answer a few tough questions but it fails to answer dozens more that currently have complete descriptions with verifiable predictions. I say back to the drawing board but maybe a step in the right direction. Or at least a step out of rhe box which is always welcome for a scientific field bloated by egotism, dogma, peer worship and very little chance of ever reaching its goal without a constant re evaluation of basic principles. Because in physics every time something new pops up people get scared that they might have it wrong, everything wrong, and have to redo their whole training. It is the only field where one experiment can destroy the entire life's work of thousand of very smart people so the status quo is very much protected.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
Yee presents an interesting alternative theory here much in the same was as Andrew Thomas does this Hidden in Plain Sight series) (Hidden Plain Sight relativity mechanics ebook Whether or not these ideas are true, or partially true, or not true at all, they do present something vital to contemporary physics: an alternative to the me-too physics of string theory and the standard model. In both cases, I think what we seeing is works in progress, which is OK. The fact that mainstream physics may not agree with Yee and Thomas shouldn't dissuade you from reading these titles. For one, most of the great ideas in physics came outside of the mainstream and only came to be accepted in time (see Einstein.) For that matter, almost all great ideas in any field by definition come outside of the mainstream. Secondly, in both cases, these are not superficial ideas, but instead are inspired by trying to look at things in a different way, then working out the implications. They are also based on solid scientific foundations. They be may not be right, but they are definitely worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2014
First, I must say I am simply an interested lay-person with no scientific expertise in this area. However, I've followed articles on particle physics in such lay journals as Scientific American for about 30 years. I was initially quite put off by the fact that Mr. Yee's whole book rests on the premise of an ether to transmit energy waves. I thought ether was discarded by science 100 years ago. However, if you can set the ether issue aside, the book provides a very interesting alternative to much of contemporary particle physics theory. I'm reading it a second time - more slowly and carefully this time. I'd like to see it reviewed in Scientific American or some similar magazine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
There are a lot of deficiencies with the Standard Model of Physics for which there are weak explanations. The Wave Structure Matter (WSM) theory is a very simple explanation and which I think answers some of the deficiencies. The theory is based on neutrinos and electrons which build the constituent parts of an atom. The theory addresses gravity and the space time continuum where other theories appear to neglect it. I need to work through some of the math and the provided footnotes with the web references. It is a good book and well worth the read.
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