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Hidden In Plain Sight 2: The equation of the universe [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Thomas
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You never knew theoretical physics could be so simple!

Why do things move? Why is the expansion of the universe accelerating? Is the universe a black hole? This exciting book considers some of the deepest and most important questions in physics.

Enjoy a thrilling intergalactic tour as Andrew Thomas redefines the force of gravity and introduces a brave new view of the universe!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 171 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Andrew Thomas studied physics in the James Clerk Maxwell Building in Edinburgh University, and received his doctorate from Swansea University in 1992.

He is the author of the What Is Reality? website (www.whatisreality.co.uk), one of the most popular websites dealing with questions of the fundamentals of physics. His first book, "Hidden In Plain Sight", is a science best-seller.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read (and the price!) 10 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed Andrew Thomas' first book, "Hidden in Plain Sight", rather a lot, if only because it was a refreshing change from the sometimes dogmatic mainstream. In recent decades it does feel that Physics has become somewhat mired in problems. String theory seems to have swallowed whole careers with little in the way of tangible result. Thus far at least, "dark energy" & "dark matter" are really just alternative terms for "unknown, unexplained & not yet actually detected". These mysterious invisible explanations for things we don't understand may yet go the way of "phlogiston" and "the ether".

Anyway, having enjoyed his first book, I decided to buy his second and I think I enjoyed it even more. Could the theory that Andrew Thomas puts forward actually be right? Who knows, but in my opinion he puts forward a rather interesting argument. When I first read it, I found his conclusion rather jaw-dropping. At least it was a satisfying conclusion, like the revelation at the end of a good murder mystery. Certainly thought-provoking. I need to read it again. The axiom about "if it's too good to be true..." is rarely wrong, and this theory almost seems too good to be true.

While I was reading, I found myself thinking about a concept from Chaos Theory that he doesn't mention - attractors in dynamical systems. Is the Schwarzschild radius real? Well, yes. Could it be a rather important attractor? Perhaps. Can it really explain so much about some many of the current mysteries in physics, with just a tiny tweak to Relativity? Well, maybe. Or maybe not. But for 99p on a Kindle, it's certainly worth a read so you can try to decide for yourself!

I have to note that the Kindle edition at least has poor editing and proof-reading in places, (possibly because he can't afford an editor at these prices) but it didn't affect my enjoyment.

All in all, an enjoyable, stimulating & thought-provoking read.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Nobel Prize just yet 22 Oct 2013
By MikeS
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Ok, I have now read and enjoyed both of Andrew Thomas's books. His easy and informative style gives us an excellent introduction to many of the difficult concepts of modern physics. However, he also claims to have found answers to some of the most difficult remaining questions. In his first book he has unified Quantum Physics and General Relativity and in his second solved the problems of Dark Energy and the "fine tuned" Universe with a simple modification to the law of Gravity.

So as I finish the second book I have now to admit to an ever growing suspicion. Both books present hypotheses worthy of if not the Nobel Prize, then at least a major upheaval in the world of physics. But no, barely a ripple - just try Googling either the book titles or Andrew's name. Apparently he has not published any peer reviewed papers in this area - just a pair of very low priced books (good value on Kindle at 0.99 for pure readability).

So unfortunately I have to believe we are being presented with some nicely argued but ultimately empty ideas. I would very much like to be proved wrong but I suspect these novel new ideas need to be tested at a much higher academic level than the Popular Science section of Kindle books. And there the ball is very firmly in the court of Andrew Thomas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a wide reading 2 5 Feb 2014
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I have now read (quickly) both Andrew Thomas's books. I am not a physicist but judging by his website Andrew Thomas has a pretty good understanding of quantum mechanics and relativity and where he has made the odd mistake he seems refreshingly willing to amend his site when improvements or mistakes are pointed out. Many top class Physicists have been uneasy because current quantum mechanics ,and cosmology theories throw up singularities and infinities. I am not sufficiently qualified to comment on this except to say that theories that lead mathematically to singularities and infinities are ,I feel , suspect.

I would like Thomas's theories which seem pretty good to me considered by some serious Physicists/Mathematicians to see how rigorous they are. It may be they are wrong or need amendment but I find his books to have many new ideas , to be very readable and understandable.

There is no doubt that Physics/Cosmology currently are in bad shape ( normalisation to get rid of infinities, the vacuum energy catastrophe ,singularities, forced adoption of the anthropic principle, dark matter , dark energy, superstring theory ) . Thomas's ideas get rid of most of these problems but the problem in getting his ideas evaluated is that most of the people able to evaluate these ideas rigorously have spent their careers and lives pursuing what may be wrong ideas that have lead to these problems.

I don't think physicists should be overly snooty about this . A recent survey of active Physicists had from memory, about 40% accepting the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Physics, a large percentage supporting the many worlds interpretation (in several flavours ) and the rest split between about 10 other interpretations. And this is supposed to be an exact science.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden in plain sight 2 3 Nov 2013
By Gasman
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent book really enjoyable and thought provoking interesting to think about having to update the theory of relativity good read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 26 Oct 2013
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Very enjoyable and, surprisingly, quite easy to read. I don't know whether the author's alternative theory (re the universe expansion) is correct or not, but at least it is thought provoking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard Model possibly obsolete
A cosmological theory is proposed to account not only for the accelerating expansion of the universe but also for its flatness, without calling upon either primordial inflation or... Read more
Published 18 days ago by M. Woodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden In plain sight 2
A brilliant thought provoking book.Covering in detail everything about the cosmos.An insight into the workings of the universe and everything.
Published 2 months ago by Neil Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars If only it were true !
Brilliant. For those with some background an easy and inspiring read. If it, and the theory in Hidden in Plain Sight, were true we'd be home and dry !!
Published 3 months ago by joaniesman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much science
Bit of an off beat attempt to simplify the answer to everything, with not much real science behind it - pass
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Whitaker
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Reasonably easy to read for a dummy like me with a logically presented theory. What a refreshing alternative to the conventional wisdom crap that we are told we "must believe... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to understand
A good, easy to read book with loads of information for lesser mortals like myself. Ideal for those wishing to learn more about the nature of our universe.
Published 8 months ago by S. O. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars We Live Inside a Black Hole
This was a very enjoyable book. It was easy to understand and very thought provoking. I do not see a problem with making adjustments to Einstein's Theory of Relativity as long as... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. S. Bonner
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Well written and easy to follow most of the time. Found the book interesting as it starts from basic and fundamental beginnings leading up to the authors ideas of the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by MR DAVID ARBUTHNOTT
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