My simple physics ideas have become hot despite their heretical source. These last few days I’ve discovered that I’d missed three more citations of my stuff in the paper hard copy published peer-reviewed physics literature ( “so-there” to snobs who say that “anything” can be published on arXiv). This gives me a total of five citations, written by a total of five authors. Uh, only one of which is a card-carrying Einstein-denying, fellow traveller.
I feel kind of guilty for pulling off this stunt, but I really don’t have a complete theory of mass, it’s not easy for amateurs to get published (or even onto arXiv), and it’s a lot more fun to do physics (and write blog posts) than it is to hassle with editors. And anyway, I’m reading a biography of Gell-Mann and he’s way worse than me for failing to publish stuff. He managed to procrastinate his Nobel Prize lecture write-up so long it didn’t make it into the book at all. Let’s see, that was an admission of guilt, a promise to fix it later, a claim of difficulty, an appeal to the joy of amateurs, and a redirection by pointing out a greater sinner.
Of course all this calls for a blog party, with puns, palindromic comments, and other excesssses, but first the citations. Most of these are available on the web for free. The ones you have to pay for, I’ve copied a few lines one way or another.
(1) The Orbital Precession Around Oblate Spheroids; J. M. C. Montanus, The Netherlands;
Journal of Mathematical Physics 47, 072502 (2006).
The above paper is by a fellow heretic, J. M. C. Montanus. His papers are listed (along with others, and with mine) on the Euclidean Relativity spacetime-sinner Einstein-atheist laws of physics-losers link site. In the discussion section of the above paper, the author describes what is going on here:
“In the present alternative model the linearity for gravitation is restored. In contrast to general relativity, it is based on a flat and Euclidean spacetime. Nevertheless, it leads to the same prediction for gravitational time dilation, gravitational lensing, and the orbital precession around a point source or a bipole as the general theory of relativity. In this paper we applied the method for the analysis of the orbital precession around an oblate spheroid. Obviously the new model allows for the analysis of gravitational motion in situations that are difficult to solve within the general theory of relativity. The precession of orbits around an oblate spheroid is derived algebraically. To my knowledge, such a result has never been obtained with the general theory of relativity.”
Montanus kindly refers to my first paper on the fermions, The Geometry of Fermionsfrom 2004. His citation is completely unnecessary, but appreciated. Recently I’ve been making a few feeble attempts at understanding gravitation, and messing around with Painleve coordinates, even going so far as to write a simulator. One of the things on my list of stuff to do is to simulate the heretical equations of motion of Montanus, and to compare them with Einstein’s on Painleve and Schwarzschild coordinates.
(2) Neutrino Mass and New Physics; R. N. Mohapatra, A. Y. Smirnov; Department of Physics, University of Maryland, Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Institute for Nuclear Research RAS;
Annual Reviews of Nuclear and Particle Science, 56 (2006) 569-628
also available free at arXiv as hep-ph/0603118 (version 2)
The above citation came as a result of my reading the following preprint: hep-ph/0603118 (version 1)This preprint states “What about neutrinos? Due to weaker mass hierarchy eq.(22) neutrino masses do not satisfy the Koide relation.” My paper The Lepton Masses showed that when you write Koide’s relation as an eigenvalue equation, the neutrinos do satisfy it. I wrote a letter to the authors pointing this out, and they adjusted the paper to: “However, it was noticed recently, that the relation can be fulfilled provided that …” and references my most often cited (self published on my website) paper The Lepton Masses
(3) Heuristic Development of a Dirac-Goldhaber Model for Lepton and Quark Structure; Gerald Rosen, Drexel
Modern Physics Letters A, Vol. 22, No. 4 (2007) 283-288
This paper is about something a few of us call “that damned number”. Gerald Rosen takes it to be 2/9. I prefer the experimentally measured value which is a tiny bit off. Rosen cites an APS meeting in Tacoma, Washington to which I sent an abstract. However, I got stuck in Louisiana looking at biofuel pies in the skies and missed the meeting by a day. I did bring back a snapshot though:
I really did feel bad about sending in an abstract and not giving the lecture. I know all those people really wanted to hear me talk about Koide’s mass formula. I’m sure that’s why they put my lecture last of the day (at 5:28PM); so that I could go way beyond my allotted 12 minutes and explain my theory to a thrilled audience, ignoring dinner time, hanging on my every word, each little nuance, until late, late, late, into the night. Or maybe they always put the kooks in last so everybody but the chair can leave early, who knows.
Dr. Rosen received his PhD about 50 years ago, so when he calls my stuff “a resurrected preon model” he probably knows what he is talking about. I’m not too worried. I’m doing density operator stuff, not the usual state vector QM, so the rules are a little different from what they were playing with in the late 70s. Linear combinations of spinors do not map to linear combinations of density operators and vice versa. Problems that are near impossible in one form can be easy to solve in the other.
(4) Tribimaximal Neutrino Mixing and a Relation
Between Neutrino- and Charged Lepton-Mass Spectra;
Yoshio Koide, University of Shizuoka;
to be published in J. Phys. G (2007).
(5) S_3 Symmetry and Neutrino Masses and Mixings; Yoshio Koide, University of Shizuoka;
to be published in Euro. Phys. J C (2007).
These last two papers are from arXiv preprints by Yoshio Koide dated last year and were the first to cite my neutrino mass formula. I didn’t know that they’d been accepted for publication until the latest paper from Yoshio Koide: [hep-ph] 0706.2534 mentioned this fact in its references. All three of these papers, the two peer reviewed and the discussion 0706.2534 cite The Lepton Masses. For a discussion of mass matrix arithmetic, see Koide’s excellent write-up.
As it turns out I’m also working on S_3 symmetries, but I’m applying the symmetry to the operator algebra instead of the states. I hope that this will work better than the above. The arithmetic showing why the S_3 permutation group is implicated in the weak hypercharge and weak isospin numbers of the elementary fermions is discussed in the section currently labeled “Finite Groups and Quantum Numbers” of my paper in progress (not even a preprint): dmfound. This pre pre pre-print was originally intended to be (finished in February 07 and) a short form version of my book on density operator applications to the standard model. Lately, the paper has been more up to date than the book. The book discusses some things at much greater length. Probably much greater length than you’re willing to read. At least judging by the negligible number of questions I get about it. I met Dr. Koide at the Joint Particle Physics conference in Hawaii in October 2006. This was a momentuous occasion for many reasons, not least of which is that we were apparently the only two adult males on the island wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants:
So there you have it. Amateur neutrino theories gone wild.