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* 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 ›
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 ›
Although this doesn't relate to his book specifically, it is worth noting that his online presence isn't limited to posting pseudoscience. Anytime someone has drawn attention to Mathis' site (usually to laugh at him), the Mathis "supporters" (read: aliases) are never far behind, writing in the same style as Mathis, and having an impeccable knowledge of Mathis very extensive works. He even admits to using multiple pen-names on his own site. I mention this only to warn people that the 5-star reviews of his book are very likely written by Mathis himself. For instance, Steven Oostdijk is a known Mathis alias. If any of the positive reviews for this collection of nonsense are actually written by sincerely impressed readers, I'll not only be surprised, but I'd feel quite sad for that person.
Becoming scientifically literate is a great aspiration, but don't be suckered by an opportunistic crank looking to offer the easy way out by claiming that everything from particle physics to astrophysics to integral calculus can be done using only high school math. If you're looking to learn, look elsewhere than this self-aggrandizing, pseudoscientific blowhard. If you're looking to laugh, look no further than this self-aggrandizing, pseudoscientific blowhard.
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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. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nobody's Business
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 9 months ago by Tom the savvy consumer
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 11 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 on May 28, 2014 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
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