What is the Theory of Everything (ToE)?

Laws of the Cosmos Linked to Bar Codes?

Our Perception is our reality...
Our Perception is our reality...

Theory of Everything: An Element of Theory of Information?

Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything would unify all the fundamental interactions of nature, which are usually considered to be four in number: gravity, the strong nuclear force, the weak nuclear force, and the electromagnetic force. Because the weak force can transform elementary particles from one kind into another, the TOE should yield a deep understanding of the various different kinds of particles as well as the different forces. The expected pattern of theories is:

Theory of Everything

  • Gravity
  • Electronuclear force (GUT)
  • Color force
  • Electroweak Force
  • Strong Force
  • Weak Force
  • Electromagnetism
  • Electric Force
  • Magnetic Force

Theory of Everything and Philosophy

The status of a physical TOE is open to philosophical debate. For instance, if physicalism is true, a physical TOE would coincide with a philosophical theory of everything. Some philosophers - Aristotle, Plato, Hegel, Whitehead - have attempted to construct all-encompassing systems. Others are highly dubious about the very possibility of such an exercise.

Information Theory

Developed by Claude Shannon, an American mathematician his work created the science of information that has found its way into a host of applications from broadcasting to bar codes.

New Area of Information Theory with Profound Implications for the Nature of Space and Time

Leading physicists believe Information Theory holds the key to understanding the most profound unknowns in the cosmos, including the nature of black holes to the meaning of reality.

The creation of life requires huge amounts of information. DNA transmits this information. Nature evolved genes according to principles of the Information Theory.

The Key to the Cosmos

Emerging as a key element is Information Theory in the quest to find the holy grail of theoretical physics – the Theory of Everything (ToE). This is a theory that aims to sum up in a single equation, the origin and nature of the cosmos and the forces acting within. A huge hurdle is combining the two most successful theories in science: quantum theory – governs the sub-atomic world, and Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity – explains gravity in terms of the effect of mass on space and time. These theories conflict: according to quantum theory, gravity is transmitted from place to place by “carrier particles,” while relativity see gravity as the result of the curvature of space and time. ToE seeks to unify these two radically different concepts.

Physicist Roy Frieden, University of Arizona, argues the laws of physics are a means for extracting information about the nature of reality claims to have found a means of obtaining them all from principles of information theory.

Principle of Least Action

By inserting the right “key” into a technique known as the Principle of Least Action, it’s possible to derive the laws of physics. Frieden claims the answer may be in the fundamental notion that lies behind information.

The search for the simple question about what information really is may lead to a link between the laws of the cosmos and bar codes on our groceries!

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Green Wasabi 5 years ago

Interesting reading. Lately I have been interested in theory of The Strings, which encompasses TOE as well.


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Shannon also gets mentioned and referenced in so many things that I'm surprised his name is not a household word similar to Einsteins. Would the world have been a different place if somehow Shannon had opportunity to collaborate with Nikola Tesla?


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Green Wasabi,

"String Thoery" as you noted may be an element of the ToE Theory...

I like the "Principle of Least Action." Nature seems to enjoy and utilize the theory of "less is more!"


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

FitnezzJim,

Imagine the possiblities!

Shannon is big in cryptography - I was in Crypto with the Joint Chiefs of Staff - Far East.... His theories have wide-ranging applications...


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Cryptography, that's where I first heard of Shannon outside of school, and following the references from there, how many things he impacted. As a member of the loose-knit group of folks who have been trying to solve Kryptos (the sculpture at CIA by Jim Sanborn) I'd attended a Historical Symposium full of cryptography historians. The star of the Kryptos team was presenting on Kryptos. There were all sorts of discussions on how the field has impacted history, and I paid attention. Shannon was in some of the more interesting presentations.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

FitnezzJim,

"Kryptos" is an enigma...

There is much more updates in terms of the "Information Theory."

I did my dissertation on Knowledge, which is a coherent assembly of information. "Information" is simply data... The data transmission/receiving physics are far-ranging...Thanks for your comment


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello my dear Dallas, this really is way over my head, I see and love the idea of holding onto these concepts, yet my brain does not take in numbers I am so right brained it disgusting. However I always believed that the entire universe is moving towards something...like it has a destination of sorts. Maybe to the light, or heading into a black hole. My understanding is that their is no space, empty space that is...I have always looked up at the stars, even as a small child and somehow I always said to myself, "I come from there." Great hub my excellently smart friend. rate up love & peace darski


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

The light in my head was slowly but certainly getting brighter.... until the last sentence, which knock me right back to my seat in the far corner of the class – Perhaps I should start all over, but now with your last sentence – the bar codes on our groceries. Don’t laugh, but there was a time I knew WWW&H, but I’ve forgotten the whole story. So Google, here I come again...

Dallas, we really try to understand this awesome universe through music, art, literature, philosophy, physics and what-more, and sometimes I wonder if we really need the information?

Thanks for a brain-stimulating hub. Take care.


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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

By the way, reviewing the article and comments, I noted I totally neglected to say what a great article this is.


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f_hruz 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You are raising some very good points and with them more questions.

It's now fairly obvious, the human mind has evolved and with it, our way of thinking in scientific terms, but human culture in its unenlightened way is more in love with it's own limited string theories of reality than to give credit to our dependents on nature and her great complexity which we could learn a lot more about by searching for our common source of intelligence with all other forms of life on this planet instead of using science and technology for the glorification of a few scientists who show very little basic understanding of the roots of intellect within nature.


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Regarding "...the fundamental interactions of nature, which are usually considered to be four in number: gravity, the strong nuclear force, the weak nuclear force, and the electromagnetic force." I should not reveal my ignorance, yet I will at the risk of ridicule. I want to understand, so please bear with me.

My question is, where do relationships between living creatures fit in this context? Birth, survival, emotions, healing, the effect of words on water discovered by Emoto, for example.


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World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

Well I voted this writing piece up in several categories because 1. it was information that I was previously unaware of, and 2. because the information inlarged my knowledge of our world.

You bring up a number of interesting topics that most of us would never become aware of had we not visited your web pages. Thanks!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Darlene Sabella,

Our "world" is over our head!

Join the rest of us... We more we leanr, the more we learn what we do not know! It is a process.

We sy say, "I come from there..." You are establishing a reference... The statment infers you are on a process; coming from "there," and going to..?

Perhaps the halographical perception where everthing is contained in a minute "piece" of information contains everything.. All the information is there.

An example:

You cut a tree leaf in half. You take a holographic picture of the half leaf and it hologram displays the entire tree leaf! You can rotate the holographic picture and view from 360 degrees on all planes... the entire leaf!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

MartieCoetser,

An inquiring mind is a troubling master. One that seeks attention. One that wants answers.

Perhaps our "understanding" comes from all of the facets you noted. An example: a diamond obtains its brillance from the many facets.

Each facet: helps to understand this awesome universe through music, art, literature, philosophy, physics and science!

I do underatand your point: Why not appreciate and enjoy the "art," rather than having to discover the process that developed the art... Both perspectives provide the rich tapestry where the golden threads of our knowledge is woven into our realities....


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

FitnezzJim,

Thanks!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

f_hruz,

Perhaps no one "group" has the key to "knowledge." Our idea and notion of knowledge is a growing body of information that we assemble into a huge pyramid. Each grain of "knowledge" is added to the existing pile of knowledge grains. It is a process.

The "common surce of intelligence" is a process! The more we learn, the more we learn about ourselves.

An example: When I was a child, my parents were not "smart." As an adult, they have gained much more "wisdom." My perception of their not being "smart" was hampered by my own ignorance and lack of "awareness." The universal intelligence seems to pervade us all. The analogy of universal intelligence is of a hologram is where it can be divided (cut in half, each half cut in half again and etc) into infinity and each "piece" has all of the information that the origional holographic display had...

Perhaps our intelligence is indivisible... yet integrated universally...


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Storytellersrus,

Great question. There are many philosphers from Plato to today who feel the "inter-connectedness" is integrated into our reality.

An example: Our "intent" is powerful. There are studies where an photon has been fired into a given target. (Photons have unique ability to be/display both a particle (like a bullet) yet also like a wave (ocean wave). When measurements were being taken of the simultaneous manifestations of the photon - an interesting phenomenon was observed. The "results" was of the photon fired was measured BEFORE it was fired! I know, it is hard to wrap ones head around this... How did the photon know it was going to be 'fired?"

Author Lynn McTaggart, an investigative reporter and author of books about "Intention" has provided double blind experiment of how one's intention can effect the results.... "Mind over matter."


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

World-Traveler,

I enjoy your articles. You offer a valid perspective of a wide range of issues!

Thanks for your comments!


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f_hruz 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Perhaps our intelligence is indivisible ... yet integrated universally"

That's quite possible, but there is very little indication man is humble enough to credit nature as the source and change the focus of research in the direction of man wanting to understand nature better as the sustaining ground force ... instead of playing all these super expensive scientific mind games more for upmanship than real applied science advancing socio-cultural change.

What I like to see is not only social change in all these countries currently in the news, but a global agreement to convert the Vatican into an international body for the advancement of the human mind so well funded science can become the unifying force for global development - doing away with nationalism, consumerism and religiosity in this world ... what a dream, eh ?

Do you think the US would be ready to undertake such a task one day or maybe just going metric is enough of a project for now to get in line with the rest of the world ? :)


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Whether man is humble or not will not delete "what is." Of course there is an element of ego to some scientist as there is in every other careers... However, scientist answer to a vacuum of society want to know "answers."

Given mankind as we know it is "imperfect," there are checks and balances in terms of our search for our "truths." It is true until proven false. Then amemded and awaiting another "amendment, or change." It is a process...

I have written a book that delves on the fringes of the "New World Order." I am not one to believe, or not "believe" in the conspiracy theories... Perhaps a world view would prevail if the world was ready.

Presently, there are huge religious under currents that threaten our world as we know it. We are dealing with tribes... How can we unify when we have not progressed past clans and tribes..?


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

If there is one underlying Principal, wouldn't study of man and his ego also advance understanding, i.e., no matter the subject, studies run along parallel Universes but as in the Tower of Babel, we cannot understand each other's subject language and therefore are unable to understand this truth?

Might we learn most by studying the tiniest particle and expanding this out? Is this revealed in patterns? I am uncertain scientists are the ones to interpret these results. Perhaps this is an artist or poet's job- someone able to see the big picture translated from patterns in atomic particles?

Either way, it is fun to frame questions! Thanks so much for the stimulating hub. I look forward to becoming better versed in this. Our local Borders has a closing sale. Perhaps The Theory of Everything is available for 20% off, though Amazon no doubt offers it for less- even with the delivery charges. Where is your link, lol!

I love the idea of transforming the Vatican into support for global social change; at present it remains in first chakra tribal mode. How else can we explain the requirement, unless one is Catholic, one cannot receive communion, etc. What would it take to move us even one step above the tribal?


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Storytellersrus,

The challenge is to know what is the "truth." One's truth may or may not be accepted by another... Is there ONE universal truth? Can you give me an example? Our "truths" are subject to change and modifications... An example is gravity. Our known truth is we fall down... In another cosmos gravity may be non existant...

Learning is not linear... Sometimes a principle in terms of physics is not the same for macro as is in micro.. Example: the quatum physics, it is believed a photon is everywhere at once. It is both a wave and a particle... at the same time. The patterns may not be accesible or discernable. Example: The random droplets of water spashed upon a person lying next to a stream appears to have no apparent pattern. If the person lays there long enough, a pattern of the droplets splashing on them will be discovered. The observer must know how, when, or where to observe...

Poets and artists do and can describe esoteric scientific phenomena in a beautiful language of understanding for many, but not for all!

Tribes and clans are for the benefit of the "many." When we begin to feel comfortable within ourselves, we may create the opportunity to become self-actualized.... to be all we can be.


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Trying to understand:

1. I am sorry, I thought the Theory of Everything was a search for this one Universal Truth!

2. If learning is not linear, well, doesn't observation of water droplets splashed upon a person occur over time? Isn't time linear?

3. Isn't ToE seeking a language that describes phenomena in a way that all understand?

Obviously, I do not yet get the point.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Storytellersrus,

1. The Universal Truth is one that one acknowledges. It may different for each of us: yet incongrueous... Universal implies "one size fits all." We have not determined what "all" is...

As example is given for a universal "Truth" for example, "gravity;" gravity may not be existant, or modified in another cosmos...

The Theory of Everything is not a search for Universal Truth. It is a search for an explanation that would unify everything: quantum physics and General Relativity. It may be the scientist "Truth," but it would be one open to verification and further research. Science is like that. Always in search for answers... It is a process.

2. Learning may or not be linear. Time may be or not be linear. We experience time as an arrow. A beginning and an apparent end. Our perception may skew the reality of what is...

An example of time not being linear is where a study has been done examining the dual properties of a photon. At the same time it display characteristics both as a bullet (particle) and as a wave (ocean wave, or sine wave, etc). While performing these experiments, they discovered the "reaction" had ocurred befor the photon had been discharged (fired). It appeared to be a phenomenon of retrocausalty...

3. Yes... simple answer. ToE seeks to creat a reality whereby everything we experience, see is codified into a single "picture," or reference. It may be an equation, it may be a process of "something..."

I enjoy an inquiring mind! I too seek answers and understanding. As a former science instructors, I noticed the students that asked the most questions generall "got it." :-)

See:

http://hubpages.com/education/Retrocausality-Rever...


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

I thought toe was the growth on my foot.

I thought Kripto was the element poisonous to Mr Kent

I thought the theory of everything was God.

Silly me I need to think some more. I guess your hub went over my head.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

ruffridyer

Keep thinking! Rene Descartes thought therefore he was...


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Perry Calton 4 years ago

Hello to everyone. I hope this will be a fruitful hub for me and others.

My iPhone will not let me post so I have to be at home on my outdated desktop. If I'm slow to comment it's due technology not me ignoring you.

About a week ago I started a two-day imaginative purge that lead me through a very stimulating period of synesthesia-like access to information about the quantum world.

I started writing what I was imaging and realized I was seeing from the tinniest particles through the galaxies and strings and membranes. I typed like a robot and gradually became aware I was writing a Theory of Everything.

I am very apprehensive about going into detail because the ideas seem very absurd and I'm thinking I could come up with some tests and publish. Wow!

I have not read all the comments on this subject but I will finish reading them. I am thick-skinned and can take my lumps but hope things can be civil. I will start out by stating one of the foundations of my ToV. I do not know if this seems absurd or elementary to others so here goes...

Space does not exist.

What we see and sense and have learned to call "Space," is actually something else entirely.

I welcome comments and questions.

Thanks, Perry


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Perry Calton 4 years ago

"An example: Our "intent" is powerful. There are studies where an photon has been fired into a given target. (Photons have unique ability to be/display both a particle (like a bullet) yet also like a wave (ocean wave). When measurements were being taken of the simultaneous manifestations of the photon - an interesting phenomenon was observed. The "results" was of the photon fired was measured BEFORE it was fired! I know, it is hard to wrap ones head around this... How did the photon know it was going to be 'fired?"

I have applied my Theory of Everything to the example and I have found somewhat absurd but rational solution.

The Appearance Retrocasualty: Particles have many yet to be defined characteristics of which two were given in the example, "...bullet.." and " ....wave..." Particles can also attract similar particles, that which I call "Familiarity." Often particles of Familiarity gather in groups, lines, clumps, stacks, membranes, squares, circles, etc... Also some particles of Familiarity still have differences that may not disturb its Familiarity characteristics, e.g., observability, charge, size, etc... If the Familiarity is disturbed a particle may still cling to the group and may break to Familiarity elsewhere. I am presenting this theory in part because it is both lengthy and involves some confidentiality.

A short answer is the there are more photons than what has been accounted for in the example. With advanced technology, perhaps many similar photons are in the experiment.

" Claude Shannon, an American mathematician his work created the science of information that has found its way into a host of applications from broadcasting to bar codes" That comment leans to what I wrote in a previous post:

About a week ago I started a two-day imaginative purge that lead me through a very stimulating period of synesthesia-like access to information about the quantum world.

No, I was not drinking, smoking or doing any drugs. The Imagination Purge was more a product of meditation and physics mulling in my mind for more than three-decades. Bar codes, that is what it was like. It was like I was translating bar codes.

Please do not call the loony-bin.

Thanks, Perry


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Perry. "Normal" people do normal things... They are soon forgotten. Those who dare breakout out of the normal profile, can and do make a difference...

Dare to explore the imaginative purge... The future is now!

Could our observations be an illusion? Could our "reality" be skewed based upon our understandings? Can we be located in multiple places/time simultaneously? If so, which manifestation are we? Does our reality change our perspectives/behaviors/locations?


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Perry Calton 4 years ago

dallas, thanks for the encouragement. 

Like-Elvis, "Normal" has left the building. In the past couple days I have conversing by email with very knowledgable person of science. The results have been very helpful, exciting, eye-opening facts both intriguing and discouraging. 

I've read about Newton's poise and tact, Einstein's imagination, the genius off many thinkers and mathematical experts, and the very knowelable.  I fall very short in all of these except I do have a big imagination.

I'm finding I lack knowledge of terms and ideas that yields me a poor communicator of my Informational Purges. I have difficulty expressing 4-D mind's-eye observations. 

I now consider myself a hobbiest with a pet theory of everything. 

A 35-year ago Purge was similar to an Eienstein-like high-velocity tour of spacetime and particle activity. Many things were revealed to me not all of which concurred with Eienstein's conclusions. 

I have found a few scientific persons who treat disagreements of Eienstein as blasphemy.

Also, the knowledgeable  thinkers want and expect the use of terms of which I know only a few.

My recent purge took me further into realizations that require even more terms and difficulties-in-explanations. 

What could help me is any definitions of particles, matter, and mass. Up until now my understanding is that particles is what matter and mass are made of. Is that right?


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Particles:

The primary "particle" in chemistry is the atom. However, you probably know that there is a substructure to an atom; that it is made of protons, neutrons and electrons. You may also know that protons and neutrons are each made of three quarks. There are many other particles beyond the proton and neutron, some containing two quarks and some containing three.

There is also a fairly sophisticated concept called "virtual particles." While it is based on some concepts you have not yet learned, it is still fairly easy to describe in a general way. There is energy also in the universe, we are just ignoring it for the time being in this tutorial. Some of the energy can spontaneously merge to form a particle of matter. (Einstein showed that matter and energy can be converted, one into another.) These "virtual particles" exist for very, very small amounts of time, so small that we cannot detect them before that pop back into being the energy they were made from. There is another concept, called the Heisenberg Uncertainity Principle which affects the lifetime of virtual particles...

There are two other categories of particles which appear to NOT be made of quarks: electrons and neutrinos. As far as science is currently able to tell, there are three types of particles with no substructure that we can detect: quarks, electrons and neutrinos. It may be that someday we will learn the the electron, for example, is made of still smaller pieces like an atom is made of protons, neutrons and electrons.

Matter:

Matter is defined as that which has mass and occupies space. This definition seems simple enough, yet there are profound issues which surround it. For example, there is currently no generally accepted scientific theory for why mass exists. It can be defined as:

Mass characterizes an object's resistance to a change in its motion.

But why it exists cannot yet be demonstrated. Mass just is, it just exists.

As we look into it more, definitions start to become circular, as in the definition of space: space is that which is occupied by matter.

So, any definition of space exists only if there is matter. Take the matter away and space ceases to exist. Of course, saying "take the matter away" is very easy to say. It is quite another thing to specify what is meant by it....

Mass

Mass (symbolized m ) is a dimensionless quantity representing the amount of matter in a particle or object. The standard unit of mass in the International System ( SI ) is the kilogram ( kg ).

Mass is measured by determining the extent to which a particle or object resists a change in its direction or speed when a force is applied. Isaac Newton stated: A stationary mass remains stationary, and a mass in motion at a constant speed and in a constant direction maintains that state of motion, unless acted on by an outside force. For a given applied force,large masses are accelerated to a small extent, and small masses are accelerated to a large extent. The following formula applies:

F = ma

where F is the applied force in newtons, m is the mass of the object or particle in kilograms, and a is the resulting acceleration in meters per second squared. The mass of an object can be calculated if the force and the acceleration are known.

Mass is not the same thing as weight. Weight has meaning only when an object having a specific mass is placed in an acceleration field, such as the gravitational field of the earth. At the earth's surface, a kilogram mass weighs about 2.2 pounds, for example. But on Mars, the same kilogram mass would weigh only about 0.8 pounds, and on Jupiter it would weigh roughly5.5 pounds.

This is by no means a comprehensive discussion of particles, matter and mass...


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Perry Calton 4 years ago

Wow!

What can I say? Thanks dallas.

I have not absorbed it all but the information sure is processing well.

I have learned some about the "Particle Zoo" and fascinated mostly with curvature trajectory those particles have at impact at CERN. That was exactly what I saw 35 years ago in my purge. Only difference being the particles were packed like sardines, I dare say, crowing-out space.

Another thing I saw remains poorly described and unproven by me.

Some particles curved into themselves and those remained visible while others seem to fade into their curve, still there but not visible.

Does any of this imagined event have any rational, scientific explanation? Or is it most likely my imagination was too active?


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

I am not aware of this observation...

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