Friday, November 16, 2007

Try plain English, surfer dude!

Earlier this month, a snowboarder named Garrett Lisi claimed he had come up with a so-called theory of everything, the missing link between relativity and quantum mechanics. There's just two problems. One, it's been widely criticized by some as being simply unproveable. Second, the math is so complicated that even most Mensa members couldn't understand it. Thus, it violates one of the premises made by Stephen Hawking nearly twenty years ago; that a Grand Unified Theory should be understandable by the masses just like Einstein's relativity theory.

Unlocking the secrets of the universe shouldn't be limited to a select few; it should be available to all. Lisi had better explain it in terms the rest of us understand or he will be a laughing stock.

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1 comment:

The Mound of Sound said...

I thought the "theory of everything" came out a few years ago in the "string theory." You know,the one that mathematically models 11-dimensions, seven more than we can recognize to date. PBS ran a 2-hour documentary on it that is available in DVD if you're interested.