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The Un-unified Field: and other problems

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Sometimes called the New Leonardo, Miles Mathis is a wide-ranging thinker and creator. His two websites offer the reader everything from science and math to art, poetry, and criticism. Mathis is known worldwide for his fearlessness in attacking all power structures, and no one else on the web has produced such an impressive and extended analysis of modern art and science in so short a time. Some older critics have created greater bodies of work, but Mathis is unique in that he criticizes from within, as a working scientist and artist. In this way his critiques are never abstract or academic: they are instead blisteringly specific, down to the precise line where a famous proof goes wrong. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (June 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452005141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452005140
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,515,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a vanity-published collection of theories by a self-styled "scientist" who, at the beginning of his bio blurb, anoints himself "the new Leonardo." Such a pathological absence of humility should be taken as a warning.

Miles Mathis is a curious case. On the one hand, he makes a few lucid points about the current state of physics, and asks some interesting questions that typically go unanswered. He may actually have a decent idea or two. But like your everyday crank, who toils away as isolated as the Unabomber, having never met a real scientist, Mathis peppers his writing with bitter screeds mocking not only prominent physicists but also the journalists who report on them -- typically attacking their wording and analogies more than their actual ideas. This does not reflect well on his attempts to be taken seriously.

Much worse, he often lapses into "theories" that border on the idiotic, as if he stopped paying attention to science class in the 6th grade. One is reminded of creationists who deride evolution (e.g., why don't we see life evolving in a jar of peanut butter), or even more so, parodies of creationists. Consider the following passage about atmospheric pressure: "Go look at your bathroom scale. The atmosphere should be pressing down on that scale right now. Why doesn't it register a number?" Great point, new Leonardo. Or, in a discussion about heat: "It has never been understood [it hasn't?] how a gas maintains its energy, despite a collosal [sic] number of collisions." Conservation of energy perhaps? Because any energy lost would be in the form of heat, which causes molecules to move faster? Or, finally, on why electrons have "spin": "The cause of the spin is a collision between quanta ... Off-center hits will cause spin, by simple poolball mechanics.
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Format: Paperback
This guy is a crackpot, no doubt about it. He tends to argue in the following ways:

* Here's what everyone who has ever studied math/science thinks.
* Here's why they are all wrong, and perhaps even deceptive...without any experimental proof.
* Here's references to other papers I've written (sometimes even circular references)...rarely references to others' papers.
* Here's an appeal to someone who isn't a scientist, abusing notation, and dropping important things that really do matter (such as vector notation)
* Here's what others say about that view (which is not complete...and notice on his website, for example, he does not allow commentary).
* Here's why they are still wrong (again, abusing notation, dropping important things such as vector notation, etc).

From his website, take the example of the Virial Theorem.

He criticizes every step LaGrange made, whether it is right or not. He starts by saying the virial depends upon circular motion. He clearly doesn't even understand what the variables mean (as the virial does relate r * dr/dt, not r * v(tangential)). Yet, he still spends significant time criticizing the use of v for dr/dt even though it isn't tangential velocity. (He ignores the vector nature of r, in other words.) After producing this strawman to suggest some doubt to the uninformed, he goes on to say the radius of a circle is constant, and that dr/dt must be 0, since there is no change in the radius of a circle. He then says a popular critique by his "enemies" (whom he won't let speak for themselves on his site) is that there is of course acceleration, in the centripetal force. Then, he rants about how the radius in a circle is constant...
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This book changed my life! I am a graduate of St. John's College, so I have the background to understand the subject matter of this book. I have read and studied Newton's Principia in detail. I remember getting into quantum physics and realizing quickly that something was wrong with that whole field, but I could never quite figure out what that was until I read this book. Never did I think I would come upon a mind so clear and so full of brilliance as Miles Mathis! This guy makes the entire world of modern physics look like the rubbish it is. He picked up where Newton and Einstein left off and finished the work! AMAZING! He's truly a hero of thought! He is so far ahead of his time, I doubt the impact of his writing will be felt for another 100 years. I love this book, and I love this man! If you have any interest in science, you owe it to yourself to read this book!
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"Quantitatively, this may be THE biggest error in all of math and physics, since every single physical equation with Pi in it must now be thrown out and redone." -- Miles Mathis (The Extinction of Pi)

According to Mathis, the ancient Greek mathematicians incorrectly measured the diameter and circumference of the circle. They forgot to include time in their measurements. As a result, we inherited the erroneous value of pi = 3.14. But when time is included, pi will equal 4. Huh? That's right, just add time to pi, and you end up with 4. Don't burst out laughing just yet, it gets even sillier.

The time portion of pi's length is "embedded in the curve", we just don't see it; but it's there, according to Mathis. When time is included, curves become longer: "time will add to the distance, and your curve will be appreciably longer than you expect". Mathis offers a long, tortured explanation of this; basically claiming that Newton's derivation of uniform circular motion is wrong, and once corrected pi will equal 4. His convoluted logic here is near impossible to follow: Newton's orbital equation, lemma, limits, derivatives, versine, and sagitta, (gasping for air!) all directly influence the value of pi. Charlie Sheen's marital status - at least not yet - isn't included.

But there is still more to the story. If you measure the diameter and circumference of a circle, of course you'll end up with pi = 3.14. So how does Mathis arrive at pi = 4? Motion is required. Pi only equals 4 when motion is involved; that's how time enters the picture. When at rest, pi = 3.14. So now, pi is no longer a constant; it has multiple values. How is pi defined? Is it a variable? Is it a time dependent function? Mathis never does say.
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