Einstein and Relativity

Podcast: The Search for the Theory of Everything

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At the earliest moments of the Universe, there were no separate forces, energy or matter. It was all just the same stuff. And then the different forces froze out, differentiating into electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force. Today we’ll look at the problem that has puzzled physicists for generations: is there a single equation that explains all the forces we see in the Universe. Is there a theory of everything?

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Astrofiend
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Astrofiend
September 16, 2008 5:28 PM
Hi Emma. Not in any way putting you down, but the internet is chock-full of cranks claiming they have developed a theory of this or that, and that their theory is truly a ‘theory of everything’, but the mainstream scientists refuse to take their work seriously because they’re afraid of being shown up etc. etc. The thing is, it’s the easiest thing in the world to come up with a hand-waving qualitative explanation of what one thinks may cause gravity (or something else), but the ultimate arbiter of truth in science is the process of quantitative comparison of the predictions of a given theory to hard and fast empirical experimental results. The problem with this guys ‘theory’ as… Read more »
Emma
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Emma
September 17, 2008 5:16 AM

ok i see your point, but just for my own education as im not that well clued up, do you see anything in his theory that you think could not ever possibly be true and why?

RL
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RL
September 17, 2008 10:47 AM

This was one of my favorite podcasts so far! Keep working towards that Nobel prize!

duff08
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duff08
September 17, 2008 1:41 PM

@emma:
Maybe, but thats not the point. There are many ways to explain the universe. But thats not science. Science is to create a model/theory that makes predictions. With these predictions you can verify or falsify this theory.
All “verified” and “accepted” theories are still just models and not the reality itself. we will never be able to see for example an electron our selves. but even if we could, how can we be sure that it is really there … just … like …. The Matrix. Ok i dont want to say that our world is just an simulated environment, but i think you get the point!?

Sawyer
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Sawyer
September 17, 2008 7:28 PM

there can’t be equations and answers for EVERYTHING– you can have theories but thats all they are, theories. Personally, I believe that when God created the universe and everything in it he made some laws and phenomena just for fun, because He wanted to, for His glory. and, personally, i believe that He made some things unexplainable scientifically, just to show us that He is in control, that even if we don’t understand it, He knows what’s going on…

Elminster
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Elminster
September 18, 2008 5:43 AM

God or not, I know the world would be a better place if everyone would stop talking about his/her God.

Aodhhan
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Aodhhan
September 18, 2008 6:06 AM
Emma, None of what he says makes sense. If gravity was a ‘push’ then gravity wouldn’t be affected by the distance away from an object. It would be the same whether you were on the surface or 10 light years. Also, if everything had a push relationship, objects would repel each other. His space time fabric is a really bad twisting of how Einsteins example of gravity and its affect of space time. Mr. Lees states the space time fabric exists in one plane with layers; based on the movements of galaxies througout the universe, and the fact gravitational lensing is a fact, this is obviously not the case. Space time fabric can exist in different planes at… Read more »
GregG
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GregG
September 18, 2008 6:35 AM

Aodhhan – an excellent post.

Emma
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Emma
September 18, 2008 12:48 PM

thank you Aodhhan, your post helped me a lot

bedrock unavailable
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bedrock unavailable
September 18, 2008 10:31 PM
This is not real mathematics and I don’t pretend to understand the audio I listened to but this is what I think I heard… Unified field theory attempts to explain observable phenomena such as symmetric known and predicted particles and such created by high energy colliders and takes us back to ground zero of the creation of the solar system and then maybe some even attempt to extrapolate back to and even before the big bang . We postulate and hope the existence of the higgs particle and others because it would make a nice tidy happy symmetric family with no errant bad unruly non symmetric particles , and would perhaps explain all the known laws of physics… Read more »
Spoodle58
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September 20, 2008 5:06 AM

Fantastic posts from all, best read I’ve had all day, and well said Elminster.

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