Bell's Future Quantum Mechanics - A Novel Interpretation

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Holiday Physics Card, 2016

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Unified Mathematical Field Theory Talk

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Trying to be a semi-pro amateur physicist (yes I accept special relativity is right!). I _had_ my own effort to unify gravity with other forces in Nature. It ran into quite a number of technically... Read More »


Relativistic quantum field theory does not apply to everyday life.  It doesn't apply to one beam circling the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  When two beams traveling in opposite directions smash together, that is when the crazy magic of relativistic quantum field theory dominates.  In order to calculate the odds of scattering events, the sum of all possible histories must be accounted for.

In a different blogHenry Brown made the following statement:

In this blog, I will review my thoughts on the action of general relativity, how it is used for the field equations and equations of motion.  There is much to consider, so perhaps this will create a means for discussing this deep subject.

The Action

I will try to keep my Newtonian wig on. Digressions will be in well-defined sidebars. Time to serve the meat and potatoes.

The Action for the Newtonian Gravitational Field

Two things go into this action: a mass density and a scalar field:

This blog is straight old Newtonian gravity. A goal is to understand where the three kinds of masses in Newton's Universal Law of Gravity live in the context of the action.