posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 08:50 AM
I am a scientist. Specifically, I'm a theoretical physicist who specializes in high energy particle and string theory.
I'm not here to tell you about the amazing top-secret alien technology I know about (I don't know any), about how science is kept from you by
"TPTB" (which is apparently a more formal version of "them") or anyone else (it isn't), or about how the government's technology is
years/decades/centuries/millennia beyond normal technology (it's not).
Why do I read these boards? Simply: they're hilarious. There are so many astounding misunderstandings of such basic things... I semi-regularly read
several of the sub forums just to see how the newest poster has strung together some technobabbly words to make some ridiculous claim. It's
fascinating. I also know of several colleagues of mine who occasionally do the same, and we trade ridiculous stories of things we've read.
So why am I here? You've provided me with so much entertainment, I thought I'd return the favor. (Also, I have the flu and working is making me
dizzy, and I've got nothing else to do at the moment!) So, feel free to, in this thread, ask me any physics questions you want and I will answer them
to the best of my (flu-ish, sleep-deprived) ability!
Considering that one of the other new posts in this forum--a guy who worked in the media as evidently a technical or support person of some kind--has
been quickly ridiculed as being one of "them" / a "disinfo agent" / a hoax / whatever, all because he doesn't scream that his bosses are all
aliens, or Illuminati, or whatever, I don't expect too many of you to take what I say seriously. But, for those of you who'd like to actually learn
actual science from an expert, I'm happy to give some time to answering your questions!
Let me tell you specifically what I do.
I work primarily on string theory, a theory that combines general relativity with quantum field theory (which is quantum mechanics plus special
relativity). The purpose of this theory is to "unify" all interactions into a single description, in a way which provides additional, testable,
constraints on the low-energy limit of the theory (in other words, one that provides explanations of things seen at low energies, such as particle
masses, strengths of interactions, etc). We want to do this because, in addition to describing all forces at once, it provides additional mathematical
constraints that relate things together that weren't known to be related before.
String theory is definitely correct. It's not a "speculative" or "controversial" theory. The details of why we definitely know it's right are
too complicated to discuss here (there's a reason you have to go to school for ten years to be a theoretical physicist!) but basically this is known
by mathematical consistency (the same way you can know 1,000,000 + 1,000,000 = 2,000,000 without having to get a million things, count them, get a
million more things, count them, then put them together in a pile, and count how many things you have! You can just say this is the logical result of
1+1=2 and the rules of arithmetic). There are no other theories that does what string theory can do.
What I personally do (string theory is a big field, and lots of people do different things) is to try to understand what the basic structure of the
theory looks like, and to try to understand how this constrains the allowable low-energy theories. In other words, how we get the Standard Model out
of strings, what additional things this tells us, etc.
I'm happy to answer any questions, in this thread, that people have about physics, until I get annoyed with too many people accusing me of being a
"disinfo agent," a troll, "closed-minded," etc. I will not, however, provide any personal information or any information of any kind that can
identify myself or my colleagues or my university affiliation (I don't want my friends and coworkers getting harassing e-mails / letters / visits,
believe it or not, they get a lot already, they don't need more!)