The Biggest Problem in Physics Is Institutional

From the book The Trouble with Physics1:

The one thing everyone who cares about fundamental physics seems to agree on is that new ideas are needed. From the most skeptical critics to the most strenuous advocates of string theory, you hear the same thing: We are missing something big. …

How do we find that missing idea? Clearly someone has to either recognize a wrong assumption we have all been making or ask a new question, so that’s the sort of person we need in order to ensure the future of fundamental physics. The organizational issue is then clear: Do we have a system that allows someone capable of ferreting out that wrong assumption or asking that right question into the community of people we support and (equally important) listen to?

The answer is no, of course. In fact the system is designed to summarily reject ideas from someones who question existing physics.2 No real consideration is given to them, often by policy but always in practice. There is a good reason for this: the odds of the idea being worthy are deemed too small to invest the review time. Since this system has been enacted there have been no revolutions in theoretical physics, indicating that the odds are tiny indeed! If you think the stagnation of physics is an acceptable price to pay to save all that time, or if you believe that a someone who questions existing physics is thereby a crackpot, please move along, nothing to see here.

This blog shows solutions to five major outstanding problems in physics, or so I claim. They remove some current assumptions and add no new ones. I suggest trying the dark energy solution for yourself, using the simple equations from the Usenet Physics FAQ referenced therein. In a short time playing with those generally accepted equations in a spreadsheet, using the instructions given to duplicate the charts, you can start to get an idea that maybe not everything here is bunk. A summary:

Post Solves How
No Black Holes black hole information loss paradox General relativity is shown to internally conflict with its own postulate, the equivalence principle. Black holes (which by definition can’t be definitively observed, hence they haven’t been definitively discovered) are shown to be a mistake of the theory.
Expanding Space Obviated flatness problem It’s shown that space itself need not expand to explain what we observe, after considering a prediction of general relativity that is currently ignored by cosmologists. Removing the expanding space paradigm makes the flatness problem vanish.
Dark Energy Obviated mystery of dark energy and horizon problem It’s shown that (having discarded the expanding space paradigm) general relativity already predicts the observation leading to the idea of dark energy, no cosmological constant required. The horizon problem also vanishes with this prediction.
Toward a New Theory of Gravity incompatibility between general relativity and quantum mechanics3 A new metric for Schwarzschild geometry is given, one that agrees with all relevant experiments to date, but doesn’t predict black holes or their singularities, thus is compatible with quantum mechanics.

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References and Notes

1. Smolin, L., The Trouble with Physics, pp. 308-309.

2. Ideas about theoretical physics, that is, and not observations like those using a telescope.

3. Specifically, from that link:

… certain physical phenomena, such as singularities, are “very small” spatially yet are “very large” from a mass or energy perspective; such objects cannot be understood with current theories of quantum mechanics or general relativity, thus motivating the search for a quantum theory of gravity.

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