Originally posted by Snow Fire Watches@Jul 12 2004, 11:47 AM
Sure I do and I will try after I've read it and IF I can get my pea brain around it!
Had enough of warped space-time, dark matter, time dilation,
dark energy, quantum mysteries, etc? Free yourself from these
misconceptions and finally understand the simple, common-
sense universe that we inhabit.
It seems that the book very clearly and detailedly addresses the serious flaws very much in Standard Theory of Science in a manner that is readily understandable to most readers. It also seems that the expansion theory it tries to replace it with is not a viable replacement and another similar approach needs to be taken.Discussing \"The Final Theory\" with Mark McCutcheon
In July of 2003 I stumbled across an Internet advertisement for a book by Mark McCutcheon titled \"The Final Theory.\" After reading through his website (http://www.thefinaltheory.com), I felt that the author had either come up with some very different perspective on physics, or had crafted some very fine snake oil. I was curious, but couldn't find anything on the web telling me whether the book was really worth US$30.
Well, now I know. The book is another take on an expansion theory. In a nutshell, expansion theory says that the reason gravity is so indistinguishable from an acceleration is because it is acceleration, caused by matter expanding at an ever accelerating rate. There is no gravitational force in expansion theory; it's Einstein's equivalence priniciple taken literally. \"The Final Theory\" starts there, and doesn't end until it tries to rethink much of modern physics.
I won't attempt a full review of the book here. It wouldn't be justified, because I haven't read the thing in its entirety. I gave it up after chapter 3, which attempted to explain orbits in terms of geometric expansion alone (no gravitational force, no curved space, just objects getting bigger and moving past one another at some mystical velocity). I tried to get past chapter 3, and that prompted the lengthy email exchange reproduced below. The exchange was interesting, if not illuminating.
In my opinion, \"The Final Theory\" is broken at its foundation, and demonstrates some curious misunderstandings of standard theory. But Mark McCutcheon's opinion is different, and the other two people on his mailing list seem to agree with him for the most part. So maybe it's just me.
The great advantage of a wildly unconventional theory is that critics can be dismissed as being narrow minded or too infected by conventional thinking. I'm sure those traps do exist, to some extent. It's important to remember, though, that the novelty of an idea does not in itself make it any more correct.
I hope you enjoy the conversation reproduced below, and that it's the sort of information you're looking for. I wish I'd have been able to read this before purchasing the book...