Monday, November 07, 2005

Scientist says device disproves quantum theory

First off, I am no quantum theorist and I have no background in the topic.
Now I just feel dumb.

It seems too good to be true: a new source of near-limitless power that costs virtually nothing, uses tiny amounts of water as its fuel and produces next to no waste.

If it is to good to be true…

Randell Mills, a Harvard University medic who also studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, claims to have built a prototype power source that generates up to 1,000 times more heat than conventional fuel. Independent scientists claim to have verified the experiments

Wow. But…

The problem is that according to the rules of quantum mechanics, the physics that governs the behavior of atoms, the idea is theoretically impossible

Mills: “My experiment! It stopped working!”
Naudts: “I think I know what the problem is.”
Mills: “What?”
Mills: “Oh, is that a problem?”
Naudts: “Dude.”

Physicists are quite conservative. It's not easy to convince them to change a theory that is accepted for 50 to 60 years. I don't think [Mills's] theory should be supported," said Jan Naudts, a theoretical physicist at the University of Antwerp.

It sounds as if Mr. Naudts is too big for his britches. He knows more than everyone else. I don’t think we have licked Quantum physics and there is probably a good chance we are wrong entirely.

This is scientific heresy. According to quantum mechanics, electrons can only exist in an atom in strictly defined orbits, and the shortest distance allowed between the proton and electron in hydrogen is fixed. The two particles are simply not allowed to get any closer.

“Burn him at the stake!”

According to Dr Mills, there can be only one explanation: quantum mechanics must be wrong. "We've done a lot of testing. We've got 50 independent validation reports, we've got 65 peer-reviewed journal articles," he said. "We ran into this theoretical resistance and there are some vested interests here. People are very strong and fervent protectors of this [quantum] theory that they use."

Man, please be right. I want CHEAP POWER!

Dr Mills's idea goes against almost a century of thinking. When scientists developed the theory of quantum mechanics they described a world where measuring the exact position or energy of a particle was impossible and where the laws of classical physics had no effect. The theory has been hailed as one of the 20th century's greatest achievements.

And those scientists were going against how many years? Well, who knows how long? Really long.

"If it's wrong, it will be proven wrong," said Kert Davies, research director of Greenpeace USA. "But if it's right, it is so important that all else falls away. It has the potential to solve our dependence on oil. Our stance is of cautious optimism."

Well, that settles it. It is a fraud. Why else would they consult GREENPEACE?!

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