Author: Michael J Savins
ISBN: (Insert answer here)
Page count: 127
Genre: Science, Physics, Cosmology, Relativity
Price: 2.79GBP, 3.47Euro, 4.49USD
I was born in 1944 on a farm in Oxford shire to an English farming family and now live in beautiful rural Bulgaria. Most of my working life was spent as a troubleshooting engineer in the telecommunications industry. My brain is very analytic; it just seems to be wired that way. As I am retired I had the opportunity of writing the book I first started about twenty years ago. The basic content has remained the same but the depth has increased in line with current knowledge.
Tell us about your book:
The book was written for anyone who understands something of cosmology and physics and still retains an open mind. The format is largely based upon an imaginary dialogue between the author and Einstein in which the author asks questions that Einstein answers. The theme of the book is keep it simple and consistent. It assumes matter and antimatter to be gravitationally repulsive (we should know the answer in a few years) and looking at the Universe in the light of Relativity, the book explains much about the Universe that has otherwise remained a mystery until now. It does require a slight re-think on our understanding of time, which is reasonable, as we know that there is something wrong with our understanding of time. For example, we cannot explain Young’s Double Slit Experiment or Bell’s Inequality.
How long did it take to write the book?
I think it would be true to say that my book “But what’s it all mean, Albert “represents the culmination of a lifetimes work. The book was started about twenty years ago, revised and re-written over the last few months. The basic theme has remained consistent, only expanded.
What inspired you to write the book?
Clip from the Preface “Why did I write this book? Einstein once said “So many people today — and even professional scientists — seem to me like someone who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest.” Over fifty years after Einstein’s death that’s still how I feel. I believe the obvious is often being overlooked.”
Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
The Internet is invaluable for research (I have nothing but praise for the Google search engine) but it didn’t really exist when I started my book. Twenty years ago the research involved almost living in Swansea Public Library. I don’t so much have a writing routine, as what I call an epiphany or epiphanies. When writing a semi- technical book it is necessary to understand the subject and this book is made up of many subjects on the cutting edge of known knowledge. For example what is time? I might think about the subject for a few days and seem to make no headway then suddenly, seemingly out of the blue; I have the answer, right there in my head. I dictate a short note to myself on my mobile phone so I remember it and write the subject up later. I do tend to spend a lot of time writing per day much to the detriment of everything else.
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I want to make people think, understand and question. If my readers enjoy the book, understand it, and agree with at least some of the new concepts expressed then I will be happy. My aim in writing the book has been twofold. To explain in simple terms why Einstein’s Relativity is so important and to use Relativity in a new way to explain much about the Universe that has until now remained a mystery. Young’s Double Slit Experiment and Bell’s Inequality for example cannot be explained by the standard model but with a slight ‘tweak’ to our understanding of time, they can be explained and understood.
Where can we go to buy your book?
My book is for sale at Amazon Kindle. The EBook is for sale worldwide, it can also be borrowed through Amazon KDP Select.
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Excerpt from book:
One guiding principle, keep it simple and consistent
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“A physical theory is a model of physical events. It is judged by the extent to which its predictions agree with empirical observations. The quality of a physical theory is also judged on its ability to make new predictions which can be verified by new observations. A physical theory differs from a mathematical theorem in that while both are based on some form of axioms, judgment of mathematical applicability is not based on agreement with any experimental results.”
“Physical theories become accepted if and when they are able to make correct predictions and no (or few) incorrect ones. The theory should have, at least as a secondary objective, a certain economy and elegance (compare to mathematical beauty), a notion sometimes called “Occam’s razor” after the 13th-century English philosopher William of Occam (or Ockham), in which the simpler of two theories that describe the same matter just as adequately is preferred.[a] (But conceptual simplicity may mean mathematical complexity.) They are also more likely to be accepted if they connect a wide range of phenomena. Testing the consequences of a theory is part of the scientific method.”
[a] Occam’s razor
Occam’s razor is a principle of physics stating that among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the fewest assumptions should be selected, as it is vain to do with more what can be done with less.
The whole of this book is based upon two simple ideas, the Theory of Relativity (which is known to be correct but not necessarily complete) and the postulate that Matter and antimatter whilst being gravitationally attracted to like, gravitationally repel each other. Another way of phrasing it is to say that matter and antimatter travel different directions in time. Either it is true or it’s not and we should know the answer within a few years. If true, it will upturn the standard model of the Universe and some of the tenets of physics. If it is true that matter and antimatter gravitationally repel each other and travel in different directions in time then this leads to certain predictions. These predictions should be seen in the light of Relativity, as space-time is curved and General Relativity is more encompassing than the simpler Newtonian view where space is flat. We can check whether the Universe matches those predictions. If matter and antimatter are gravitationally attractive as per the mainstream view, it leads to the current theory of the Universe, the Big Bang Theory and its associated problems. If matter and antimatter are gravitationally repulsed by each other, it leads to a more consistent view of the Universe more in keeping with what we see.
Clocks record the passage of time. They do this by counting the frequency of something, a pendulum, balance wheel, quartz crystal, cesium atom, etc. per second. Frequency requires movement and movement takes place in both distance and time (space-time). Distance and time relate to each other by the concept of speed. Distance divided by time equals speed. Light has a constant speed. Local space time curvature affects the length of a metre and a second. When counting frequency, clocks are affected by ‘local’ space time curvature. Clocks record the passage of time by measuring the speed of light by taking into account the ‘local’ space time curvature.
(Note. Light is an electromagnetic wave. A wave has both wavelengths which are represented by distance and frequency which is represented by time. The wavelength of electromagnetic radiation times its frequency equals the speed of light.)
It is self-evident that time progresses at the speed of lig…”