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A long overdue challenge to the Bell illusion
on April 4, 2014
To appreciate the value of this book, you have to step back and look at the state of present theoretical physics. Since the dawn of quantum mechanics, theoretical physics has lost its way. Little progress has been made for almost a century in understanding the foundations. Mysticism in the form of teleportation, non-locality and multiple universes are put forth as real features of nature. As E.T. Jaynes eloquently put it:
"... present quantum theory claims on the one hand that local microevents have no physical causes, only probability laws; but at the same time admits (from the EPR paradox) instantaneous action at a distance! Today we have in full flower the blatant, spooky contradictions that Einstein foresaw and warned us about [more than] 60 years ago, and there is no way to reason logically from them.
We see the effects of this in the fact that today, a large portion of research in theoretical physics has been reduced to wheel-spinning; random fiddling with the mathematics of the old theory, without giving a thought to its physical foundations. One would think that the folly of this might have been learned from the example of Einstein; yet his repeated warnings go unheeded even as his worst fears are realized before our eyes.
This mysticism must be replaced by a physical interpretation that restores the possibility of thinking rationally about the world. ..."
Joy Christian has done just that in this book. It is the first serious attempt to confront the unfortunate error in Bell's theorem by reproducing all the quantum correlations in a locally realistic manner without any spooky business. Exactly what Einstein would have liked. Christian finds that the correlations originate due to the geometric structure of physical space which Bell did not consider in his derivations. He uses geometric algebra which is quickly becoming the preferred mathematical language for representing and expressing physical theories. For that reason, a refresher of geometric algebra, using some of the resources freely available online, will be well worth your effort. Any serious student/researcher of theoretical physics should read this book.
As concerns the negative reviews, you only have to look at their premises to see through the motives of those who write them. Rather than pointing to any flaws they believe exist in the book, they resort to personal attacks on the author, which is an insult to the scientific process. Christian's work has rattled the cage on which they placed their bets and it shows.