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An E8 theory of everything

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 An E8 theory of everything2007-12-02 21:10
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According to Telegraph, a poor surfer dude physicist has come up with a theory of everything that has everybody talking.
The new theory reported today in New Scientist has been laid out in an online paper entitled "An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything" by Lisi, who completed his doctorate in theoretical physics in 1999 at the University of California, San Diego.

He has high hopes that his new theory could provide what he says is a "radical new explanation" for the three decade old Standard Model, which weaves together three of the four fundamental forces of nature: the electromagnetic force; the strong force, which binds quarks together in atomic nuclei; and the weak force, which controls radioactive decay.

The reason for the excitement is that Lisi's model also takes account of gravity, a force that has only successfully been included by a rival and highly fashionable idea called string theory, one that proposes particles are made up of minute strings, which is highly complex and elegant but has lacked predictions by which to do experiments to see if it works.

But some are taking a cooler view. Prof Marcus du Sautoy, of Oxford University and author of Finding Moonshine, told the Telegraph: "The proposal in this paper looks a long shot and there seem to be a lot things still to fill in."

And a colleague Eric Weinstein in America added: "Lisi seems like a hell of a guy. I'd love to meet him. But my friend Lee Smolin is betting on a very very long shot."

Lisi's inspiration lies in the most elegant and intricate shape known to mathematics, called E8 - a complex, eight-dimensional mathematical pattern with 248 points first found in 1887, but only fully understood by mathematicians this year after workings, that, if written out in tiny print, would cover an area the size of Manhattan.
Read about the E8 at Wikipedia. And then explain it to me once you get it.

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12 Jan 2008 @ 00:02 by mortimer : thank you...
There is a Lie algebra En for every integer n≥3, which is infinite dimensional if n is greater than 8.


12 Jan 2008 @ 00:42 by mortimer : Ohm..
E8 - a complex, eight-dimensional mathematical pattern has 248 points? (note; and they adding 20 elements?) Perhaps they forgot to count the observers (there 8 of them). It’s a box of mirrors inside of a box of mirrors. The crossroads of manifestation/exist; the observer creates effect or the eternal energy sustains a wave form until the observer creates effect… Just my personal observation…lol

Actually, I have little or no understanding of what they are talking about.  

13 Jan 2008 @ 17:16 by mortimer : The great scientific escapade
This is how they are going to confirm Lisi’s E8 theory…


17 Nov 2010 @ 12:43 by Tom Perkins @ : E8 Theory
Hey I can't tell you right now about this, let me search some resource and news about this E8 theory.  

18 Nov 2010 @ 12:11 by Craig Gallagher @ : Theory of Everything
It sounds pretty interesting..and I am definitely look into the wikipedia about this..Its always interesting to read something new and different..  

19 Nov 2010 @ 11:35 by Ivan Hopson @ : E8 Theory
Really appreciate the info you've collected...keep going...  

9 Dec 2010 @ 12:48 by champ @ : Hi, Thanks
Hi, Thanks so much for the reminder about the finer details. It was useful for my team. Much appreciated. Keep up the good work!  

21 Nov 2011 @ 02:20 by The Surfer @ : The Simple Surfer Theory
Go UCSD! I'm class of 2000 and an avid surfer. I expect nothing less than a theory called"An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything" from a scholar and a surfer. Surfers have a simple connection to nature that others don't seem to have. Let us know if the "long shot" pays off!  

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