“Hidden in Plain Sight” Offers Unusual Perspective on Unification

Of all the subjects on which I read voraciously, cosmology probably ranks near the top of the list at the moment. I go through stages. Depending on what I’m teaching or on conversations I’m having with friends and colleagues, my emphasis shifts over time. But right now, the problems and questions of the origins of the Universe are occupying significant portions of my reading time.

I recently read a delightful and challenging little title called “Hidden in Plain Sight” by Andrew Thomas. You can read my full review of this book on Amazon.com.

In-Plain-Sight-CoverThomas’s innovative thinking begins with First Principles and builds to a theory of unification of relativity and quantum theory from the ground up. This is in direct contrast to traditional physics, which takes a deconstructionist approach of breaking the two theories into their component parts and attempting to reconcile them by understanding them at the sub-atomic particle level. I found his foundational approach not only more interesting, but far more successful.

As I indicated in my review, if I have one problem with his book it is his flip dismissal of the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics. This may be in part at least because of my long-standing support for and belief in that approach to understanding the world of quantum physics, but I believe it has more to do with my being disappointed with the relative paucity of evidence he provides to support his position. In essence, he says that since his approach to the unification of the two theories doesn’t require the MWI, that interpretation is therefore wrong. It may be unnecessary. It may be superfluous. But I don’t think he’s successfully proven it to be in error.

Other than that somewhat substantial quibble, I can highly recommend Thomas’s work if you are at all interested in the question of reconciliation between the two most widespread theories of cosmology being bandied about the world of physics today.

 

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