Monthly Archives: June 2011

Einstein’s sceptics: relativity deniers??

Wazeck ignores legitimate scientific criticisms of GR Irrational critics of radical changes in scientific thinking are to be expected – and as scientists we have to address them with patience and forbearance.  But the example of Einstein’s 1915 general relativity … Continue reading

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Einstein’s GR is thriving as Theory of Gravitation

GR is thriving despite newest guru Ferreira.  How curious that Pedro Ferreira views General Relativity (GR) as unchanged since the Einstein-Hilbert field equation of 1915 (New Scientist, 9 Oct. 2010, Relativity goes large).  Einstein’s prediction of gravitational radiation (quadrupole formula) … Continue reading

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Horava is no match for Einstein’s Space-Time

Peter Horava v. Einstein:  no contest! What does Peter Horava offer us physicists, for scrapping Einstein’s central concept of space-time (New Scientist cover story: Rethinking Einstein:The end of space-time)? His proposal to remove Lorentz symmetry means no longer is the … Continue reading

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Zeilinger’s anthropocentric Quantum Mechanics

Extraordinary New Scientist endorsement of anthropocentrism Regarding mankind and our activities as central to the universe (anthropocentrism) has long been regarded as anti-scientific.  Yet Anil Ananthaswamy endorses the latest utterance of Anton Zeilinger: There is no sense in assuming that what … Continue reading

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Skating over TOE troubles by Duff ‘Instant Expert’

Physics Unification founded on disintegrating foundations (New Scientist mag. 4th June) Einstein sought a Unified Field Theory, but those who claim to follow him in chasing a field-free Theory Of Everything should beware the disintegrating basis. Duff accepts the Standard Model … Continue reading

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Life’s interstellar routes

Could life have arrived in our solar system aboard an interstellar meteorite? While meteorites from Mars reach other bodies in our solar system, any solar system meteorites similarly dispatched to other planetary systems hurtle through at 10 kilometres per second … Continue reading

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Last century astrobiology from ‘instant expert’ Caleb Sharf

Astrobiology “Instant Expert” sneers at panspermia What to make of Caleb Sharf, head of an Astrobiology Centre in New York, brought in by New Scientist as an “instant expert” (New Scientist, 7 May 2011)? He seems ‘expert’ only in the … Continue reading

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