On Transcending Tautology and
The Question of Reality and Knowledge in Theoretical Physics
by W.F. Heinrich
The Solution to the QG- and λ–problem
The manuscript made available on this site represents original research and the solution to the quantum gravity and the cosmological constant problem. The material posted here is that which had been available on my old website postmodernphysics.ca between Oct. 2011 and Oct. 2013. Since I made this first draft of my research available to the general public, improvements in its representation have caused me to delay the publication of the hard cover version until I am satisfied with the simpler presentation. The results of the analysis remain the same. However, new insights strengthen the underlying logical basis oft this analysis and its methodology and make its results easier to understand.
The quantum gravity problem, the relationship between general relativity and quantum theory, and the cosmological constant problem are considered to be two important and fundamental problems of physics. In this analysis, they are viewed as problems in relating the concept of energy density in general relativity and in quantum field theory. Despite beliefs to the contrary, these are not problems solvable by experimental research but are epistemological in nature. They are also related to the issue of the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the physical sciences, a phrase made popular by the title of Wigner’s 1960 article. This issue is restricted here to physics. The technical solution of these two problems in this context demonstrate the correctness of the views expressed by Margenau, Kuhn and others, that the physicist does not discover, but creates his universe.
The reason the two problems are epistemological in nature hinges on a simple point of logic. The concept mass, with the concept of gravitational mass identified with the concept of inertial mass, is quantified and defined by gravitational phenomenology. Therefore, on purely logical grounds, the concept of mass so defined cannot then be used in the theories of physics as an explanation of the very phenomenology used to define and quantify it. This applies to later castings of Newton’s theory of gravitation (after the value of G was determined by the Cavendish experiment) and would appear as well apply to Einstein’s theory of gravitation, if indeed it is one. What actually is the case, and the methodology used to deal with these issues, is described in the Manuscript made available here although not in its most recent form.
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