Surfer Dude Susses Reality

by wjw on November 16, 2007

Two brain-warping stories from the World o’ Science. (Try to hear a theremin playing for the rest of this post.)

First, folks at the British Interplanetary Society are spending the weekend talking seriously about warp drive, based on the theories of Miguel Alcubierre.

Second, in a story with a headline that ought to have come from the Onion, “Surfer Dude Stuns Physicists with Theory of Everything.” The stunning thing is that Lee Smolin is taking it seriously. “It is one of the most compelling unification models I’ve seen in many, many years,” he says.

Anonymous November 16, 2007 at 5:07 am

Lee Smolin taking something seriously is not a good sign.

Pat November 16, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Yup. Another physics savant comes out of nowhere. More common in mathematics, but that’s largely what this is. Lovely diagram.

Anonymous November 16, 2007 at 4:11 pm

Sorry I wasn’t clear. That Lee Smolin takes something seriously is a strong reason to believe that it isn’t true.

Tarl Neustaedter November 16, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Yah. Every year or so, someone obscure proclaims a “theory of everything” which is just around the corner from producing usable predictions. They never have.

I await the predictions and measurements.

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