In the last few chapters of "A Brief History of Time"(Bantam 1988), Stephen Hawking writes about an earlier idea of his concerning a new frame of reference in which to consider physical reality. In essence it is:
- a four dimensional, non-linear frame, finite but unbounded, (like the surface of the earth, but with two more dimensions), - using imaginary time as a mathematical device, making the frame Euclidean, - the above producing no singularities and causing the distinction between time and space to disappear.
The above proposal appears to describe very closely a theory I have been interested in for the past 30 years. It is called "The Covariant Theory" and is not my own, but the work of another man. It is unpublished, the original author losing interest in it many years ago. Since I did show interest, he gave me his original writings, about 1500 pages, which I first organized into some 60 folders back in 1969.
In 1993 I retired from being a physics teacher (after 34 years!), and have just recently acquired a new computer. For fun, I've started to put the work into an electronic form, and am willing to share it with anybody who is interested. There is no copyright on the material and you can work with it, communicate, publish etc. as you see fit.
First let me assure you that it does indeed propose a change in the frame of reference in which to view reality. It is a unique non-linear four dimensional frame in which space and time are related in a covariant manner, and thus the name of the theory. It is because the theory is based on a frame change, that even though the draft was produced over 30 years ago, developments since that time , such as quark theory and the standard model for example, can be accommodated, in my opinion, within the theory. The central ideas then, seem to me to still be viable.
The frame appears to have the capability of unifying the forces of nature in a new way, since some of the initial predictions relate to meson masses and properties, nuclear binding energy and structure, and relationships between ionization potentials across the periodic table. In addition, as a result of field geometry, various physical constants, such as "e", "h" and "c", are intimately co-related, thus predicting the existence and value of the fine structure constant.
The range of topics dealt with requires the potential reader to be comfortable with the quantum, electromagnetic, and relativity theories and their mathematical formalism. Generalized mechanics and knowledge of various nuclear models is also required. In general then it is the theoretical physicist, with a special interest in nuclear theory, to which this posting is directed, since rigorous scholarly review and assessment is required.
Now there are a number of problems associated with the preparation and transfer of the material as well as the central problem of communicating a frame change. You have to start some place however, and I have decided to prepare a pre-publication draft of the "Theory of Radiation, Matter and Nuclei", which comes from about 30 of the 60 folders.
If you are interested in looking into the Covariant Theory, please proceed via the WWW
where you will find a web site providing documentation that should be read before you access the theory. I have set it up this way to help you make a decision, since I do not want you to feel you are wasting your time.
Please do not e-mail me until after you have visited my home page.