RELATIVITY+ : The Theory of Everything Paperback – Illustrated, 9 Jan 2009
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About the Author
John Duffield is an unaffiliated amateur physicist.
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I have read this book once. I have started reading it again, now having a better idea of its scope. Having read the book once, I now realise that there are many places that I need to visit (on the internet), thanks to the links indicated in the reference section at the back of the book. How many of you out there will, like me, explore each and every one of them?
Sadly I won't be able to explain my interpretation of the contents of the book to either of my (now deceased) grandmothers, as I would've enjoyed the opportunity to try. You might have to read this book in order to know why the reaction of either of my grandmothers might've made a difference to my understanding.
Hence, this book - written by someone outside what might be termed the mainstream - comes as a true breath of fresh air! John Duffield has thought in depth about many of the fundamental issues of physics. In this book, he presents his answers in a language accessible to anyone - scientist and layman alike. However, I would urge each and every reader - and I hope there are many - to approach the text with a truly open mind. Are all the ideas presented correct? I don't know. Do I agree with the ideas presented? With some, but I still have to think carefully about others. Many of the fundamental ideas are radically different from what has gone before and it may be that John Duffield is ahead of his time. Who knows? Some ideas, though, are regurgitation of ideas that used to be taught at A-level and are still to be found in, for example, such books as 'Intermediate Mechanics' by D. Humphrey - a book that used to be a standard A-level text but is now far too advanced for sixth forms! The real truth is that this book by John Duffield is full of basic fundamental ideas related to physics and, hence, to all of us and our lives. Read it; think carefully about its contents; then sit back and reflect. This will take some effort but will be well worth it. I only hope senior figures in the scientific establishment have the courage to do this, but with open minds!
In addition, a lot of what is claimed here was written long before the recent important discoveries at the LHC, and has been rendered obsolete as a result.
If you'd like to learn actual physics, even at a basic level, I recommend getting a book by an actual physicist instead.