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Anti Gravity Drive

This week's New Scientist runs a story about an obscure German scientist Burkhard Heim, who developed a unified theory in the 50's that predicts the possibility of an anti-gravity faster than light drive. No shit.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
rewarded a price for this proposed drive:


Heim's theory, according to The New Scientist, can accurately predict the masses of all the elementary particles, but there are few physicists who know the theory or understand it.

Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 8th, 2006
My favorite part is how a lot of the detractors of the theory argue it's invalid because they can't understand it.

Not because they can point to specific errors, but that the physics is simply beyond them.

Makes me wonder how many of Einstein's colleagues dismissed the theory of relativity because they couldn't grok it...

Permalink Philo 
January 8th, 2006
"Makes me wonder how many of Einstein's colleagues dismissed the theory of relativity because they couldn't grok it..."

A long ton of them. Essentially most of Einstein's generation of physicists.
Permalink ping? 
January 8th, 2006
The following would be of special interest to Chris McKinstry:

"According to Heim, the mass spectrum is only describable within a world of six dimensions. Therefore, also we men must live in a world with three real and three imaginary dimensions. The two additional dimensions are not - like in Kalzua-Klein theories - curled up in small areas, but they are principally verifiable domains of values of the world. But they are not measurable by physical instruments and have an informational character, since they describe qualitative aspects (meanings) of material organisations. That is the reason why Heim in the last years of his life developed an extended formal logic, in order to describe quantitative as well as qualitative aspects uniformly. Only in this way it was possible to formalise biological and psychological processes (like consciousness) in a 6-dimensional manifold, and therefore also non-physical events; this will have exceptionally far-reaching consequences for all fields of science"
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 8th, 2006
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