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Physics on the fringe : smoke rings, circlons, and alternative theories of everything

Author: Margaret Wertheim
Publisher: New York : Walker & Company, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"In 1993, Jim Carter, a trailer park owner in Enumclaw, Washington, sent out to a select group of scientists a letter announcing the publication of a book in which he proposed a complete alternative theory of physics. Gravity and matter, the periodic table, and the creation of the universe-all these Carter explained through wildly creative ideas perfected through backyard experiments using garbage cans and a disco  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Named Person: James Carter
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Wertheim
ISBN: 9780802715135 0802715133 9780802778727 0802778720
OCLC Number: 828263339
Description: x, 323 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: A trailer park owner imagines the world --
Outsider science. Under the hood of the universe ; Counterpart universes "excisting" ; 'A budget of paradoxes' --
Jim's world. There's diggers, and there's everyone else ; The four sexes ; Circlon science ; Smoke rings ; Creating the world ; Gravity and levity --
Sciences of imaginary solutions. A reformation of science? ; Swimming physicists ; Tree rings.
Responsibility: Margaret Wertheim.
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What drives a man with no science training to think he can succeed where Einstein and Stephen Hawking have failed?  Read more...

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