Friday, March 19, 2010

Grand Unified Theory of Physics

Yesterday I received the three volume, 1727 page, "Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics" by Randell Mills. I successfully replicated Mill's original experiments when I was in grad school at MIT, and have followed his research ever since. It's been fascinating to observe how science progresses at such glacial speeds, especially when the disruptive insights are greatest. For example, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was in the new again today about achieving a new level of energy. What most people don't realize is that the LHC is largely a waste of money. The hypotheses the LHC hopes to test are largely irrelevant in the context of Mill's discoveries. Unlike string theory, which is mostly un-testable math, Mill's theory, which integrates Maxwell's equations with Einstein's field equations (aka relativity), actually gives measurable, testable predictions--and the results have actually worked. No theory can ever be "proven" true, but they can be proven false (see Karl Popper). In Mills' case, there are many testable assertions and the theory has survived testing. The cool part is that the theory opens up whole new possibilities for technology--new energy, new materials, superconductivity, even anti-gravity. Think about the world pre/post electricity--the changes in technology that this will enable will be on a similar scale of magnitude.