The Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy (Second Edition) Paperback – Feb 10 2010
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Fortunately a clear-thinking Canadian engineer has finally sifted through the contradictions in 20th century physics and has now presented a highly readable, new way of looking at scientific theory, from the ground up. Mark McCutcheon made clear to me, in one book, far more than did four years of University indoctrination into physical constants and, ultimately, advanced courses in pure mathematics. I now feel liberated to think for myself more confidently within the framework of his all-encompassing new theory of everything. He covers things rarely mentioned in academic circles such as a spooky area in the so-called electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and infrared. He even solves the age-old question of whether this is a steady- state Universe or an expanding Universe with a rather beautiful Galactic description of death and re-birth. He opens the door to exploring the mystery of other dimensions at the sub-atomic level.
This is a truly liberating book. It corrects the problem of 4 basic forces with which we have been confronted up to now, and it also opens up many questions for more research. For example anti-gravity in the light of ORMES.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished 21 months ago by Kevan
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 morePublished on Oct. 26 2007 by Ken Fairbanks
In the days of the great astronomer Tyco Brahe, the universe was growing exceedingly complex the more closely it was observed. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2005 by Lee Cascio
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 morePublished on Oct. 11 2005
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 morePublished on Sept. 13 2005 by Clinton G. Wax
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 morePublished on Aug. 16 2005 by Sheldon Sinclair
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 morePublished on April 7 2005 by sarah
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 morePublished on April 2 2005 by Luke S
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