Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything

Monday, November 21, 2011
Episode Summary
Challenging our concept of what science is; how it works; and who it is for, outsider physicist Jim Carter discusses with science writer Margaret Wertheim his own theory of matter, energy, and gravity.

Participant(s) Bio
Margaret Wertheim is a science writer and the author of books on the cultural history of physics, including Pythagoras' Trousers, a history of the relationship between physics and religion in Western culture, and The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet. Wertheim is currently a contributor to the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. In 2003, she and her twin sister Christine Wertheim founded the Institute for Figuring, an organization based in Los Angeles that promotes the public understanding of the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science and mathematics.

Jim Carter has spent the past fifty years developing his own alternative "theory of the everything." Jim's radically new "circlon synchronicity" based theory offers us a complete description of the universe that substitutes for the relativity theories, quantum mechanics and the BigBang. When he is not doing physics, Jim has spent much of his life working as a gold miner and abalone diver, and inventing inflatable devices for lifting sunken boats.