Author’s Note: There are different angles to which this discourse could be presented but I will stick with what is permissible for now.
There is a problem that has kept many physicists awake all nights and for many decades trying to solve. This problem is what is best referred to as the unification problem. Some physicists refer to it as the problem of quantum gravity or as the search for the theory of everything.
The unification problem has troubled many physicists for the past 80 years, some of who, like Einstein, have died pondering the nature of this problem and why the two great pillar-theories of physics cannot be unified.
These two great pillar-theories are relativity and quantum mechanics. These two theories have denied every attempt to unify them, and so far, the road to the unified field theory is littered with the unfruitful but noble efforts of physicists to solve this problem.
While relativity and quantum mechanics seem to apply well in their separate realms, there are a number of motivations for wanting to solve this problem and one of such motivation is simply knowledge.
At a point in a man’s life, he has to see that the pursuit of knowledge is purely for knowledge sake and the same applies to physicists that want to solve the unification problem.
Also, some physicists rightly suspect that there are certain things hidden in the universe that only a unified theory can reveal. Such a unified theory is expected to bring relativity and quantum mechanics together.
So, though it seems like there is no need for a unified theory since either theory works well in their respective realms, some physicists are not still satisfied with the situation and they feel that we are missing something absolutely fundamental about the universe and which the unification of these two great theories will reveal.
And physicists are well aware that if such a unification is achieved it could change the way we see the world and how we understand physics. The revolution that is bound to follow such unification can only, for now, be imagined, in fact, it would be like the rebirth of science!
But until now physicists have not been able to achieve this unification and this begs the question: what is really the problem? This question is really important because it could be that we haven’t resolved the unification problem all this while because we have a wrong understanding of the unification problem.
As a result, we have not approached it from the right angle that will ensure a quick and tenable resolution of the problem. This is obviously the case, and I want to inform you that it is because of quantum mechanics.
Many physicists are focused on relativity and quantum mechanics and are looking for a way to merge these two theories and produce a theory that exhibits the attributes of relativity and quantum mechanics.
They are justifiably convinced that since both theories work well in their respective realms, then both must some way be right and fundamental. Thus, we just need a unification theory that brings these two theories together. This is where physicists are wrong about the unification problem.
Listen: the unification problem is only the concern of one theory, which is relativity. I always say it on this blog that quantum mechanics is not a fundamental theory of the universe.
There are two reasons why I say this. The first one is that I have found the unified understanding of the universe and it is based only on relativity and not on quantum mechanics, neither is it based on the mixture of both theories nor on any of the attachments, principles, and methods of quantum mechanics.
The second reason which is as a result of the first is that the universe cannot apply two core opposing principles at the root of its operations. That is, the universe cannot be based on both the continuity principle and on the discretion principle. It is impossible.
Now, relativity is based on the continuity principle whereas quantum mechanics is based on the discretion principle. These two principles are considered to be at the heart of the unification problem and it shouldn’t be so.
What we should be thinking is which of these two principles is central and which could be considered as emergent. That is, either the universe is based on the continuity principle and the discretion principle is only assumed due to a wrong understanding of how the continuity applies in the atomic world or the universe is based on the discretion principle and the continuity principle is only assumed due to a wrong understanding of how the discretion principle applies in the non-atomic world.
Thus, we can only know one of these two principles as real and consider the other as emergent. I don’t know, but it could be that some physicists may have seen the unification problem this way.
Obviously, this was how Einstein saw it and that was why he focused on relativity or you can say on the continuity principle. Moreover, this is actually the case: the universe is based on the continuity principle, and our assumption of the discretion principle is due to our wrong understanding of quantization, or rightly put, the emission and the absorption of light.
We don’t know how quantization could be as a result of the continuity principle and not the discretion principle. This insight which has come through “The Theory of the Universe“ is bound to change how we see the atomic world forever.
So, physicists are wrong about the unification problem when they think that quantum mechanics has a central role to play. Quantum mechanics doesn’t, and a third reason why this is so is because quantum mechanics is not a theory of space and time.
Listen: fundamental physics revolves around our understanding of space and time, and anything or any theory that touches our understanding of space and time has the potential to change in an immense way how we understand the universe.
Relativity, being a theory of space and time, is the only fundamental theory in physics and it is the link to the resolution of the unification problem. This is something I want every physicist to understand. Relativity is the only causal theory that we have in physics and not quantum mechanics.
Whatever quantum mechanics has shown us about the atomic world, we can get around it and understand it in a new way using relativity. This is something we all have to realize in order to hasten our understanding of the universe.
Quantum mechanics is founded on the discretion principle and this principle does not exist in the universe. So there is bound to be problems if we continue to push for quantum mechanics; it cannot be at the heart of physics.
Quantum mechanics is in no wise a fundamental theory, only relativity. The conception and belief that quantum mechanics is a fundamental theory are why physicists are wrong about the nature of the unification problem.
Physicists think that we can unify or inter-mix these two theories or principles in a way or in any way, but the actual truth is that we can’t. The discretion principle, if one thinks more of it, shows to be one of the things that have complicated physics.
This article, therefore, brings us to the point where we pursue the resolution of the unification problem in the right manner and this is as it also informs us that the unification problem has been solved.
And based on the continuity principle or on relativity, we now understand the universe in its entirety, from the non-atomic world to the atomic world, the latter which would be unbelievable to some physicists.
So we don’t have a long way to go; we are already there. We don’t have to expect anymore; the experience is already here.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa