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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted November 15, 2007 09:09      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
From Reddit...

Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/11/14/scisurf114.xml&CMP=ILC-mostviewedbox

(to be fair, he is also a snowboarder dude.)

The actual paper:
http://arxiv.org/abs/0711.0770

He obviously played with Spirograph as a child!

"If E8 theory is fully successful as a theory of everything, our universe is an exceptionally beautiful shape. "
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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted November 15, 2007 11:16      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A surfer dude with a doctorate. He probably surfs so he can spend his time thinking about physics instead of academic bullshit.

It looks like his theory is actually testable, so good luck to him.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted November 15, 2007 11:55      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That picture looks suspiciously like whatziznames flower of somethingorother.

Maybe andymonk is a surfer dude.

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Snaggy

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Icon 1 posted November 15, 2007 12:43      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
lol druid
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Metasquares
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Icon 1 posted November 15, 2007 14:09      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I took a look at the paper. Though I don't have a physics background, I do know a bit about Lie groups.

It's actually quite an interesting theory and has more intuitive appeal than string theory does. Mathematically, it is consistent (at least as far as I can tell), but no necessary conditions are given for adopting this shape of the universe, only sufficient ones. Some of the choices of mappings onto E8 seem a bit arbitrary as well - if the reasoning is given, it's grounded in the physics rather than the math. Of course, if this theory is verifiable (it might not be for a long time since it depends on us finding unknown particles), the equations will be empirically confirmed or modified.

Agreed with Xanthine about the academic BS - his life as a surfer probably helps him think about actual science considerably [Smile]

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Serenak

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Icon 1 posted November 15, 2007 14:56      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Serenak's amazingly simple theorem of everything...

"Just when you thought you had it sussed it all turns to sh*te again..."

also phrased as "you can't trust anything to not to turn bad on you and kick you in the privates"

and occasionally simply as - "life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease..."

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Snaggy

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Icon 7 posted November 16, 2007 08:34      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Now it's a movie!
http://deferentialgeometry.org/anim/e8rotation.mov

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littlefish
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Icon 1 posted November 16, 2007 12:15      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Now I get it!

Thanks snaggy - that really sorted out the 8 dimensions in my head! [Wink]

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HalfVast

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Oh well...

maybe not.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted November 19, 2007 12:03      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by HalfVast:
maybe not.

That's just misinformation from The Great Conspiracy, they're trying to keep the awesome power of The Cauliflower Of Life to themselves.

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erynthenerd
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Icon 1 posted November 19, 2007 21:49      Profile for erynthenerd   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Dude. I have no clue what you guys are saying.

That sure is a purty picture, though.

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