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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479294411
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479294411
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Nolan on 10 Jan. 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Frost on 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By MikeS on 22 Oct. 2013
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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 By M. Woodman on 23 Jun. 2014
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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 dark energy. Quite an undertaking, which would leave a few Nobel laureates with somewhat hollow awards, if it worked.

Drawing upon mainstream cosmology, the thesis examines some reasons why light emitted from a source may fail to reach an observer: insufficient time; intervening space expanding faster than light can travel; gravity at source so strong as to impose superluminal escape velocity. The first two define the limits of our observable universe at various times; the third concerns black holes.

The author then notes a curious coincidence between the current extent of our locally observable universe (calculated as speed of light divided by Hubble parameter) and its notional Schwarzschild radius based upon the included mass.

It is truly surprising that the two radii should be similar (to within an order of magnitude) but perhaps too much can be made of this. The author’s proposition is that we therefore effectively exist within a black hole and must expect to observe negative gravitational effects (the implications for anyone residing just over the horizon are not examined). This is a bold proposal, as also is the notion that the universe will settle down at about its current size or average density on account of its overall zero energy content.

Negative gravity, as against any primordial cosmic inflationary phase, is also taken to explain the flatness of the universe’s geometry. Little is made of the tiny temperature fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background, for which Alan Guth’s inflation theory also provides an explanation.
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