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  • Writer's pictureIshfaaq Peerally

My quest for The Theory of Everything

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." - Albert Einstein

The above quote from Albert Einstein applies to everybody. If you are doing something, and you love what you are doing, you must understand it. And if you understand it, you should be able to explain it to anybody. I'm not sure how many of my readers do understand differential topology, let alone quantum mechanics. But I have set myself the goal to explain what I do in physics to everybody. Richard Feynman would teach himself things like he is teaching to a beginner in order to better understand what he was doing. In our modern age, we can go a step further, we can teach others too using modern technology. Of course, it is impossible to explain my quest to unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity in one post but I'll do so step by step. The Theory of Everything is a theory that can explain EVERYTHING. It should by principle unite the four fundamental forces, gravity, electromagnetism, weak and strong interactions. For the time being, electromagnetism, the weak interaction and the strong interaction are unified in the standard model(quantum mechanical theory) while we have gravity in general relativity. But unifying the two poses numerous problems. First of all, the maths do not match up. General relativity is a deterministic theory while quantum mechanics is based on probabilities. Furthermore, we do not have the power yet to test most of the predictions hypothesized by physicists working on quantum gravity. During the following weeks, I'm going to explain the background of both gravitation and quantum mechanics. There are historians and science popularizers which can do this job better than me but I'll be doing it another way. As I learn, I'll explain. I'm not going to read books or articles to write my posts. I found an equation, I explain it. I have a hypothesis, I'll reveal it.

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