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The Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy (Second Edition) [Paperback]

Mark McCutcheon
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Feb. 10 2010
A key unresolved issue lies at the heart of our science -- the quest of Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, Hawking and many others, now widely known as the Theory of Everything. This ultimate understanding is expected to transform science and resolve its many mysteries -- all via one single overlooked principle in nature that will explain, simplify and unify everything. This quest has produced theories such as Special Relativity, General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, enormous investments in powerful particle accelerators and space telescopes, and such recent pursuits as "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy." But enormous problems remain: these theories, projects and pursuits are all completely separate and frequently incompatible, presenting unresolved abstractions, speculation, paradoxes and mysteries that often even violate our laws of physics, upon closer examination. As a result, the Theory of Everything continues to elude us, with no clear way forward. The Final Theory clearly shows why this is the case, exposing centuries of well-intentioned but misguided scientific thought that has locked us into an erroneous and highly troubled energy-based science that has taken us far off track. It corrects the errors in our scientific legacy, showing that energy is actually a misunderstanding of the unifying principle we have sought for centuries -- a principle that is active all around us, producing all known phenomena such as gravity, light, electricity and magnetism. This new understanding replaces both Newton's "gravitational force" theory and Einstein's "warped space-time" General Relativity Theory, while also overturning such theories as Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. In their place is a single simple principle that finally demystifies, explains and unifies everything. Read The Final Theory and judge for yourself whether the Theory of Everything has finally arrived!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Having spent 8 painful years getting my head to accept some of the more bizarre notions proposed by various physicists over the last 100 years; I can honestly say that reading this book was
A. Intellectually one of the most pleasing and thorough explanations of existing theoretical physics I have read
B. The alternative explanation offered is both ingenious, and VERY hard to logically refute; and as such is a brilliant thought experiment; sure to raise questions in the most trenchantly held belief system.
C. Well written and clearly presented; and relying exclusively on sound logical concepts, which seem utterly bizzare at first, but which have a startling appeal over time
All in all, a thoroughly entertaining read; and it will become a vital place to start for anybody seriously looking for somwhere to insert a crowbar into conventional scientific thought. I laughed so hard my glasses fell off more than once; with sheer delight!. Best read since Flatlands!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the Flat Earth to the Expanding Earth? Nov. 24 2005
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From the moment I read the preview excerpt someplace online - I guess it was Amazon.com - I was hooked.
Every amateur scientist or science enthusiast knows the premise: science cannot explain the fundamental "why" or "wherefore" of any of our physics. The models work for us - as well as the concept of a flat earth worked for the ancient world - but there are gaps - often big gaps - in our ability to fully explain exactly how everything fits together and why there are inconsistencies in our models.
McCutcheon's theory is thought-provoking and his explanations are - for the most part - clear and often entertaining. The one thing that plays in my mind as I read his book is that the final, true, correct Final Theory will probably make our science look like the flat-earth, geo-centric model of the universe by comparison. We have built our science on assumptions upon assumptions that work well enough, but ultimately fail to incorporate all our observations. Who knows if McCutcheon's theory is correct or better? One of the short-comings as I read further is that - there simply is no way to prove his theory. What he does well is explain many fundamental physical phenomena in terms of his theory, but this is finally not a proof.
His theory is simple where our science - already built on a structure of assumptions - struggles toware ever more complicated and bizarre theories and models. He could be right or he could be on the right track or he could be 180 degrees off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Example of Thinking Outside the Box Oct. 15 2005
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In the days of the great astronomer Tyco Brahe, the universe was growing exceedingly complex the more closely it was observed. The earth centric view created inexplicable anomalies in the motions of the celestial bodies until his pupil, Kepler, turned the theories upside down by removing the Earth as the center of the universe. A simple paradigm shift greatly simplified the same observations of the heavens and made the celestial movements straightforward enough that the layperson could easily understand them.
We find ourselves here again in 21st century physics where our observations, various real and "thought" experiments are producing increasingly anomalous behaviors, requiring the existence of dark matter and energies, multi-dimensional strings, mysterious quantum effects, and hosts of other concepts that only a handful of super-scientists can fully comprehend. We need to think outside the box and follow our intuitive belief that there are simpler models to explain these phenomena. McCutcheon's "The Final Theory" does just that.
McCutcheon presents a model that simplifies all four fundamental forces to a single force, "expansion," and in doing so explains many of the anomalies we observe in our current theories and answering the age-old question of the nature of gravity. The concepts are easy to understand even for the layperson with no scientific or mathematical training. That said, McCutcheon does leave some questions not well answered.
The most glaring example and cornerstone of his theory is the explanation of celestial orbits. He uses just two small pictures to diagram how his theory would explain them.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read! Aug. 25 2006
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This is the first alternate science book I have ever encountered to be worthy of my time and serious consideration, not only the time it took to read it, but the many hours I have spent contemplating its ideas and implications ever since. Let me see if I can sum things up as objectively as possible ...

The Writing

The book was apparently written by a first-time author (an engineer/physicist) who simply felt he had something significant to say (with the background to do so with a high degree of competence); as such, it is surprisingly well written. The presentation and writing style are clear, straightforward and well organized, with liberal diagrams and section-identifying icons throughout, making its potentially difficult subject matter accessible to a wider audience than many of the popular science books I have seen. To my mind this book is more along the lines of a foundational work of solid classical science in the spirit of Copernicus, Galileo, or Newton rather than the more abstract, speculative works of thinkers from the past century, such as Einstein, Hawking or Greene. Having said this, it does have a somewhat unpolished feel that would have benefited from one final editorial revision before publication in my opinion, but then literary style is not the main point of this particular book.

The Subject Matter

There are many popular science books on the topic of an ultimate Theory Of Everything that would finally and solidly explain our world, but this is the first mainstream science book to make the audacious claim that it actually IS that ultimate theory and not merely another book discussing the possibility (or lack thereof).
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is utter nonsense.
I'd give it zero stars if possible. The only good part is laughing at mistakes and even then you realize either he's taking this seriously or that other people out there might. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevan
5.0 out of 5 stars quantum leap for mark
mark:What can I say but WA-LA-,what you wrote in final theory should have been said by others of your education,but they did not have the bravery or the tenacity that required the... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2007 by Ken Fairbanks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Clear and Logical Progression of Thought
One wonders why this book had not previously been written by the professionals who have been calling for a re-writing of science? Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2007 by H. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than any mainstream book can say
I looked into the first chapter and found that the theory of everything has to be "entirely separate and self-sustaining without relying on any of the patchwork of theories that... Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Theory - A winner
I was worried that this book might be pseudo science but took the plunge and bought it. I have gone from one chapter to another with amazement at the theory as well as the clear... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2005 by Clinton G. Wax
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Scientific Perspective
Imagine it is actually possible for an idea to come along that rewrites our entire 300-year science history, setting it back on course and clearing up all the confusion, mystery... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2005 by Sheldon Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
What an amazing book! I feel like I am now experiencing my physical world with a true enlightenment that makes everything so clear and yet the magnitude of this awakening is still... Read more
Published on April 7 2005 by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A brilliantly well written book that not only makes you question the confusion of the science we are presented with by the so called experts,but if Mark McCutcheon is right with... Read more
Published on April 2 2005 by Luke S
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
As an early science buff, and now physics graduate, I have always had a keen desire to understand the universe. Read more
Published on April 1 2005 by Greg Harmon
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