Atom Wave: Burnt String

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Burnt String

The greatest adventure in physics has been in play this last thirty years with the invention and development of Superstring Theory, the long promised land of theoretical physics that is advertised as the theory of everything. With the potential of combining the four forces of nature and Relativity with the oddball Quantum Mechanics, it has long been the holy grail of science.
The theory has been getting burnt lately.
To make a long story short, the four forces are the strong, weak, electromagnetic, and gravitational force. The strong force binds quarks together, producing the protons and neutrons we enjoy today. The weak force is the mediator of radioactive decay, while the electromagnetic force governs charged particles. The gravitational force is clearly gravity and remains the sole domain of Relativity.
The genius behind Superstring is that it seeks to express all particles and their interactions by remodeling them as strings of energy. These strings of energy are of the Planck length (~10^-35 meters) and vibrate at resonant frequencies to produce the particle or particles. All superstrings must vibrate in 10, 11, or 26 dimensions to produce valid solutions; anything else is nonsense. Nonsense is also the outcome of previous attempts to integrate Relativity and Quantum Mechanics equations directly. String Theory resolves this problem, but it replaces it with a mind-boggling number of possible solutions. A theory of everything can also be a theory of nothing!
The time has finally come for the physics community to reevaluate alternative theories in its quest for the theory of everything.


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