The Quicycle Society is pleased to share the following selection of publications.
1. Quicycle Society Publications: papers published exclusively by us.
2. Papers Published Elsewhere by Quicycle members and contributors, and one or two other important papers we felt it worthwhile to include.
Submissions of abstracts or proposals for papers — for publication, presentation, or peer review at the Quicycle Society — can be made via email: [email protected].
1. Quicycle Society Publications
MOVING CLOCKS AND SPECIAL RELATIVITY REST REFERENCE FRAMES
ROBINSON, V. (2020)
Einstein’s special relativity theory predicts that time will go slower on moving clocks than stationary clocks. Without an absolute rest reference frame, how do we know which clock is moving and which is stationary? Although there is no absolute rest reference frame there are some practical rest reference frames. When the appropriate rest reference frame is chosen, clocks moving with respect to that rest reference pass time slower than those at rest in that reference frame.
Below, the first version of the paper, followed by the second version following the first video peer review session, viewable HERE .
Relativity, Special Relativity, Special Relativity corrections, General Relativity, inertial reference frame
HUMAN INSTINCT VERSUS THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
BENN, A. (2020)
This book chapter (plus appendix) investigates the manner in which both current and historical scientific development has been corrupted by the instinctive and innately biased nature of the human thought process. Possible approaches to mitigate this effect are suggested. Given this reality, the chapter further investigates the efficacy of the current peer-review process, with specific reference to the work of three scientific innovators, as well as how the process might be improved. The chapter concludes with a discussion about sustainability, pollution, and our future trajectory as a species on this planet. (pp. 257-300 and 377-394)
The Animal In The Mirror, from which this chapter is excerpted, presents a model of human behavior that emerges from evolutionary behavioral psychology. Human mortality and vulnerability necessitate a foundational instinctive programming based in fear — our fight-or-flight response. This lens, through which all human experience refracts, cannot but affect every area of human interaction and endeavor. Science is no exception. (See Quicycle Press for more detail.)
scientific method, standard model, quantum mechanics, subatomic physics, absolute relativity, cosmology, bias, peer review, climate, sustainability, pollution, global warming, global cooling, deforestation, re-greening the planet
PERSPECTIVE, IMAGES, AND QUANTUM MECHANICS AS A RELATIVISTIC EFFECT
ORD, G.N. (2020)
Much of human cognition is devoted to image analysis. From infancy we learn to process the two dimensional images we receive on our retinas, decoding what we believe to be a representation of a world of objects located in a three dimensional space, viewed from a particular perspective. The consistency of that decoding is very strong: ‘seeing is believing.’ However, it is not infallible, and visual clues can give rise to mistaken perspectives. There is an analog of mistaken perspective in a ‘received view’ on the relation between quantum mechanics and special relativity. We explore a counter-argument, that quantum mechanics is in fact a relativistic effect, primarily through the use of images.
special relativity, light cone, quantum mechanics, perspective, Twins Paradox
A general formula for division in a relativistic Clifford-Dirac algebra is derived. Where division is undefined turns out, in many cases, to correspond to areas of physical interest, such as the light cone, invariant quantities in electromagnetism, and the basis set of quantities in the Dirac equation. Apart from such areas, where there has already been significant development in science, new sets of inter-related quantities, involving the spin and the total energy for example, are suggested as possibilities for further investigation and development.
non-division algebra, invariants, inverses, scaling, Dirac algebra, Clifford algebra, geometric algebra, special relativity, generalized covariance, rest mass, light cone, diamond conjugate
2. Papers Published Elsewhere
A NEW LINEAR THEORY OF LIGHT AND MATTER
WILLIAMSON, J.G. (2019)
A new theory is proposed with similar form and mechanics to the Dirac equation, but where the rest-mass is introduced in a more fundamental way. The new theory proves to encompass and extend classical electromagnetism, and reduce to it exactly in the field only case. A sharpening of the principle of relativity allows fully relativistic field-only solutions, which take on some of the properties more usually associated with quantised states. The extended theory has four new solutions which exhibit a non-zero electric field divergence and a double-covering symmetry. These are necessarily charged, essentially fermionic states, two with positive and two with negative charge, differing by an inner spin symmetry. The new configurations are identified with the spin “up” and spin “down” electron and positron.
QUANTUM PARTICLE, LIGHT CLOCK OR HEAVY BEAT BOX?
VAN DER MARK, M.B. (2019)
A standing wave of light inside a cavity, while observed from a moving frame, is seen to have a spatial beat of precisely the same nature as that of the de Broglie wave of a quantum particle. The structural forces that hold together the cavity against the internal radiation pressure are compared to the so-called Poincaré stresses inside an elementary particle, as are required for the particle’s stability. This seems to work best if the cavity is non-rigid and hence is itself oscillating, coupled to the radiation inside.