On the Head of a Pin

A documentary about quantum physics by Mark Hedges.


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I prepared my source files for NTSC television, where the pixels are not square, so the aspect ratio is a little fat. I don't have something to convert well enough to fix it now. Okay okay, I couldn't figure out `mencode` well enough to fix it now. The Ogg files apparently don't sync a/v on some clients. (They seem to play fine in `mplayer`.)

People seem unanimous that the sound effects are annoying. I get it. There are also some small errors. I credited them who made the cosmic ray particle dispersal video in one episode but not another. Part 3 says part 2 or something. The information density is intentional and requires a basic background knowledge of the subject, but even if you do not understand, perhaps you will find yourself curious. I made the thing, and I wouldn't say I "understand" either.

The "stealth thesis" is, since gravity is weaker than expected, if there are extra dimensions through which gravity escapes, then maybe those dimensions are more complex than calabi-yau manifolds; maybe the dimensions themselves change shape because of relativistic frame shear, so when a fermion changes speed relative to the local fermion reference frame, some tight dimensions wrap around and cause inertia, but some more travels further and then sometimes re-intersects normal space at random vectors (giving the appearance of dark matter by phantom gravity), but some travels even further, a little will travel "infinitely," but before then it will pop out, and with all the galaxies then from the edge of the universe there would be an increasing reflection of gravity, causing spatial expansion without the need to posit another aetheric entity.

Structurally, Higgs, dark matter and dark energy are all aether theories, positing an aetheric field or entity to explain what can be explained more simply by complex spacetime geometry, just like light was an aetheric wave theory in the 19th century, before experiments disproved it. I think the observation of light's constant speed, which somehow threads the fabric of space displacement together, disproved the whole approach. If fermions are only energy bound inside other directions than up, around gravity wells in two and ever forward in time, they say that would explain why gravity is weak, because they observe less than they would think by current theory. But, gravity seems to be present elsewhere, which they believe they need dark matter to explain: an aether entity. Some gravity is missing over here. Gravity is present over there, where we don't see stuff. Maybe the missing gravity from the stuff here is popping out over there. And just a little from everything, but overall way more, way out there, stretching everything apart. Try solving E = mc^2 for t. What the heck does that mean? If there are eddies of this displaced gravity, it might create a black hole, or a quasar, creating matter from "nothing" and balancing the entropy of the universe overall. The expansion could also be a tensor that will eventually pull back and wobble like stretchy jelly.

Is a verifiable hypothesis?  If the inertial forces overcome by kinetic events are actually gravity wrapped around through hidden dimensions, then the frame shear of accelleration/decelleration of fermions would "use up" some of the available gravity warp.  Tectonically active planets and gas planets would use up more of the fermions' local gravity from the hidden dimensions than tectonically dead planets, so the dead ones like Mars and the moon would have a greater displaced phantom gravity halo proportional to their mass. ??

I don't know how to do the math.  Everyone else in physics is so obsessed with the cult of Higgs that no one seems to give a nut like me much thought.  Except they haven't found it yet, have they.  And what happens when they start beaming lead ions down the LHC?  If spacetime does generate variable localized extra dimensions because of frame shear, collisions of opposing-vector fermions each at relativistic speeds are going to behave differently in those larger dimensions than a cosmic ray hitting a relatively stationary particle in the atmosphere, especially when they start shooting lead ions, which will merge the strong force soup with a time differential much more magnified than frequently happens in the natural world, regardless of the relatively higher energy of cosmic rays.

© Copyright 2010 Mark Hedges. Portions of this program were included with open source or other free content licenses. All other rights reserved.