DIY Physics: It's Not Brain Surgery
From 2011-2014, Daniel Honan was the Managing Editor at Big Think. Prior to Big Think, Daniel was Vice President of Production for Plum TV, a niche cable network he helped launch in 2002. The production team he oversaw won over two dozen Emmy awards. Daniel has created numerous shows and documentaries for television, and his film credits include Stealing the Fire, a documentary on the black market for nuclear weapons technology.
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What's the Big Idea?
"Your Gravity Theory Sucks!" Margaret Wertheim was surprised to find this comment on an order form for a self-published book called The Other Theory of Physics, written by James Carter, a trailer-park owner in Enumclaw, WA. Unlike other so-called "outsider physicists" she had encountered, apparently Carter had a sense of humor.
Carter also seemed to have a healthy ego. After all, Carter proposed a complete alternative theory of physics, lashing out against what he called "the virus" of quantum theory, "a basket of abstractions that had mired the science in a mathematical abyss." In his alternative theory of everything, Carter explained concepts such as gravity and matter, the periodic table and the creation of the universe through "wildly creative ideas dreamed up during a life spent as a gold miner and abalone diver."