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The Final Theory: Rethinking Our Scientific Legacy (Second Edition) Paperback – Feb 10 2010

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  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Universal Publishers; 2nd edition (Feb. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599428660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599428666
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #581,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One wonders why this book had not previously been written by the professionals who have been calling for a re-writing of science? Academia's myopic vision can perhaps be attributed, in part, to its ties to research grants and the millions of dollars invested in University equipment such as particle accelerators. They spend time and money looking for elusive muons and quarks which may only exist in their imaginations. It could take another 400 years of spinning wheels if we were to wait for leading academics to re-write modern science .

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.
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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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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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From the moment I read the preview excerpt someplace online - I guess it was - 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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