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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.Read more ›
* 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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are witnessing history in the making. With his easy command of the English language Mr. Mathis presents his concepts, arguments and theories in clear, concise terms. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Darryl T. Finn
Overall, I won’t pretend that every result of M. Mathis are true. In charge against the author : He did not answer me about his censor in american universities although a spacial... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alexandre Courvoisier
Before purchasing, the best advice is to go to Mathis' website and look over his claims, and his approach, there. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael B. Heaney
It is clear there is no real science here and that is hardly news. What is interesting about Mathis is his unabashed approach and the way he manages to come up with an explanation... Read morePublished on December 24, 2013 by That's Life
First of all be aware that Miles Mathis uses several pseodonymes to write reviews of his own work!! Unbelievable. You will see a glowing review of this book written by STEVEN. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by D.MCCORMICK
Miles is obviously a genius willing to take on the establishment. His critiques of existing science, scientists, and the process is on target with details we unwashed masses need... Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
When I stumbled across Mathis' stuff online I just had to show the other folks at the physics department. Not because it was insightful, oh no. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Kevin Bos
This is part of an ongoing work of sheer genius, both in this book and on his website, in which Mathis shows how bad math and sloppy thinking has led theoretical physics down a... Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by jeffrey t cosman
Miles Mathis' book is a sorely needed answer to all the misinformed mathematics that is paraded before us as modern physics. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by charles ginenthal