Lost in Math, Indeed

     As some of those who are aware of The Enlightening may know, my interest in cosmology and astrophysics spans back nearly 30 years.  The mystery of dark matter is what really caught my interest back in the early 1980s, when I began to research and study the subject, in earnest.  I put the time in because, with my science background, I knew that colossal mysteries such as this are far and few between, in our modern world.  This was truly the “great unknown” of all great unknowns, as far as I was concerned. 

I spent a lot of time in the science library at Northwestern University, scouring through the astrophysics journals for any information I could find on the subject, which really kick-started my full investment into the subject. 

After many months of study and analysis on my part, I knew that there would be a revolution in this area, someday, but I didn’t realistically expect to be personally involved.  Mostly I just hoped that I would still be alive when the secret was revealed.  That’s not to say I didn’t dream that I might have some important input on the subject, myself.  After all, I was already surprised by the large amount of knowledge I had already gathered and digested.     

Then, one night, I awoke in the middle of the night with an amazing idea in my head.  It was a new physical model of the large-scale structure of the universe.  Immediately, I was struck by how much sense it made, so I leaped out of bed and ran to get a paper and pencil to write down the idea, and I even scrawled out a picture of what I was thinking.  Sadly, I lost that picture many years ago.

In the intervening years (decades, actually), I strove to debunk my new model of the universe.  I never was able to debunk it.  Instead, my idea of the hyper-dimensional universe within a matrix of hyper-dimensional space-time continued to grow, as I forged links into new areas, and additional cosmological mysteries.  Throughout that process, I voraciously continued reading any new information I could find which related to what I was interested.

A lot of people have written books on the subject, and most of those books have only made me very sad, as I believe that most astrophysicists are far, far off base in this area, driven astray by their obtuse mathematical posturing.  That is, until I recently came across a book that I love.  The book is titled “Lost in Math:  How Beauty Leads Physics Astray”, by Sabine Hossenfelder.  In this book, Dr. Hossenfelder articulates everything I have been feeling about all the other books I’ve read on the subject.  I just love this book, and therefore I am making my first book recommendation in this area. 

Here is a link to Dr. Hossenfelder’s wonderful and insightful book, from the “Goodreads” site.   


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