Einstein's Intuition: Visualizing Nature in Eleven Dimensions

  • by Thad Roberts
  • Narrated by Jonathan Farkasofsky
  • 20 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Presented in clear and accessible language, Roberts offers the listener a voyage through the stages of human knowledge. He then examines the outstanding mysteries of modern physics, the phenomena that lie outside the borders of our current understanding (dark energy, dark matter, the Big Bang, wave-particle duality, quantum tunneling, state vector reduction, etc.) and suggests that the next step in our intellectual journey is to treat the vacuum of space as a superfluid - modeling it as being composed of interactive quanta, which, in a self-similar way, are composed of subquanta, and so on.
With this proposition, Roberts imbues the vacuum with fractal geometry and opens the door to explaining the outstanding mysteries of physics geometrically. Roberts' model, called quantum space theory, has been praised for how it offers an intuitively accessible picture of 11 dimensions and for powerfully extending the insight of general relativity, eloquently translating the four forces into unique kinds of geometric distortions while offering us access to the underlying deterministic dynamics that give rise to quantum mechanics. That remarkably simple picture explains the mysteries of modern physics in a way that's fully commensurate with Einstein's Intuition. It's a refreshingly unique perspective that generates several testable predictions.

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Ether 2.0 plus Fractals

This book has many flaws but it is better than most books in this genre. Firstly it spends a significant amount of time telling poorly written stories about where the author was when he had various insights. Perhaps these stories might be mildly interesting to him and his family, but were completely uninteresting to me. The language in these stories was overly flowery. The author seems to have massively overused his thesaurus.

Many authors of Theory of Everything books are completely uneducated about physics and the basis of their ideas seem to be based mostly upon Wikipedia and peyote. This author has some knowledge about physics, asks very good questions, and the book is loaded with excellent relevant quotes from serious thinkers. Unfortunately his theory is far too complex to be considered seriously, thus falls squarely into the “crank physics” genre. Good theories can be expressed in a single sentence (or at most a few sentences and/or by a handful of equations). This theory starts a bit vague then keeps requiring magical, non-mathematical add-ons to be consistent with experiments. Space is a fluid, space is a quantized fluid, space is a quantized super fluid, space is a quantized super fluid requiring 6 extra spatial dimensions and 1 extra temporal dimension. Then it needs this weird property that when energy-quanta move through the space-quanta they lose their super-spatial differentiation and become, effectively, fewer spatial quanta (exactly the right amount to match Einstein’s length contraction). The extra time and space dimensions each need to have a different (and much smaller) quanta and it seems there are more sub-dimensions needed at each level (each with different and smaller quanta) to fully understand his extra super-dimensions. It is turtles all the way down!

The theory depends upon this quantum super-fluid nature of space (depending upon, but without pinning down, the dynamics of this fluid) to explain the apparently random nature of the uncertainty principle and wave function collapse. It is extraordinarily convenient to have a theory with enough left ill-defined to conform to almost any experiment. The author proposes that interference is caused by actual interference of actual waves in his quantized space. Unfortunately, such a mechanism would have many easily measured consequences which have not been detected. This alone is enough to falsify this theory, but the theory should be rejected anyway just because it is too complex. The author ties his theory to Bohmian mechanics, but it does not quite fit, as in Bohmian mechanics the pilot wave exists in a very high dimensional configuration space not present in Roberts’ 11 dimensional theory.

The author describes his theory as explaining the constants of nature from his geometric principles, but instead just uses the square-root of the fine-structure-constant instead of the fine structure constant and re-derives a bunch of constants known to be dependent. He was not able to tie the square-root of the fine-structure-constant to his theory and he does not derive any of the important independent constants of nature (the masses and interaction rates of the known particles). If he had, he would be famous (for something other than going to prison for stealing moon rocks from NASA)!

Roberts repeatedly stresses the importance of questioning authority and having an open mind, and he does this well. This must be balanced by open and honest questioning of one’s own theories. What may invalidate the theory? What are the weakest aspects of the theory? This basically never happens in this book.

The narration is pretty good but not outstanding. There are several points where the reader seems to be reading words one after another with absolutely no understanding of what he is saying.

I can’t recommend this book to anyone, but I enjoyed it. This was nutty and the theory is demonstrably incorrect, but it was science nutty, not spiritual nutty or bat-s#!t nutty. I kind of like science nutty.
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- Michael "I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read."

Not worth the price of admission

After forcing myself to listen to the first 6 or so chapters, I gave up on this book. The story lacks a focus on physics, as it is too riddled with stories that do nothing to enhance the possible understanding of the physics or Einstein's thinking. This book might be workable as a printed edition.

The performance by Jonathan Farkasofsky is sloppy and misguided. It does get annoying after a while when a narrator clearly did not do his homework to learn basic pronunciation of people's names. The lack of cadence just adds to the on-going woes.
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- Frank Jansen "Surreal Photographer"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-09-2015
  • Publisher: Thad Roberts