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Don’t bet on the failure of relativity

2 Jan 2015, 16:17 UTC
Don’t bet on the failure of relativity
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One of the unfortunate side effects of being a professional science writer is that people send me their big ideas about how to solve major problems in physics. These are usually very poorly constructed; many don’t have any equations at all, and therefore have no way to make predictions that can be compared with experiment […]

Yes, I’ve used this xkcd comic before. So sue me. [Credit: Randall Munroe. Click for the original.]One of the unfortunate side effects of being a professional science writer is that people send me their big ideas about how to solve major problems in physics. These are usually very poorly constructed; many don’t have any equations at all, and therefore have no way to make predictions that can be compared with experiment or observation. A few are a little more sophisticated and show at least a little background knowledge in physics. Even these, though, usually start from a fundamental misunderstanding of a standard theory (usually relativity or quantum mechanics).
These ideas don’t need debunking for a number of reasons. They’re sent privately to me, or if they’re published, it’s self-published in a book, printed in a fringey journal, or posted on the anything-goes preprint site ...

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