Physics on the Fringe

Physics on the Fringe

Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything

eBook - 2011
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Centuries ago, natural philosophers puzzled out the laws of nature using the tools of observation and experimentation. Today, theoretical physics has become mathematically inscrutable, accessible only to an elite few. In rejecting this abstraction, outsider theorists insist that nature speaks a language we can all understand. Through a profoundly human profile of Jim Carter, Wertheim's exploration of the bizarre world of fringe physics challenges our conception of what science is, how it works, and who it is for. Jim Carter, the Einstein of outsiders, has developed his own complete theory of matter and energy and gravity that he demonstrates with experiments in his backyard'-with garbage cans and a disco fog machine he makes smoke rings to test his ideas about atoms.
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780802778734
0802778739
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 323 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill. (some col.).
Contents: A trailer park owner imagines the world
Outsider science. Under the hood of the universe ; Counterpart universes "excisting" ; 'A budget of paradoxes'
Jim's world. There's diggers, and there's everyone else ; The four sexes ; Circlon science ; Smoke rings ; Creating the world ; Gravity and levity
Sciences of imaginary solutions. A reformation of science? ; Swimming physicists ; Tree rings.
Summary: Centuries ago, natural philosophers puzzled out the laws of nature using the tools of observation and experimentation. Today, theoretical physics has become mathematically inscrutable, accessible only to an elite few. In rejecting this abstraction, outsider theorists insist that nature speaks a language we can all understand. Through a profoundly human profile of Jim Carter, Wertheim's exploration of the bizarre world of fringe physics challenges our conception of what science is, how it works, and who it is for. Jim Carter, the Einstein of outsiders, has developed his own complete theory of matter and energy and gravity that he demonstrates with experiments in his backyard'-with garbage cans and a disco fog machine he makes smoke rings to test his ideas about atoms.

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