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Research Interests

I have three main, but related, research interests. All explore the frontiers of fundamental physics. The common thread is an interest in explaining quantum theory and exploring the foundations of that enigmatic theory.

Foundations of Quantum Theory

It is over 100 years since quantum theory was formulated and started solving physics problems. In that time it has become the most successful scientific theory of all time - making more predictions than any other theory and explaining a vast range of phenomena with breathtaking precision. But we still don't understand the theory. What is more astonishing is that most scientists have even giving up looking for an explanation - but not me!

Unification of General Relativity and quantum Theory

By contrast General relativity, is not much use at all. There are only a handful of experiments that can directly test any difference between general relativity and its predecessor, Newtonian gravity. However it is well liked and, in outline, well understood as a geometric theory of space time. Yet after a hundred years, it remains isolated from the other fundamental forces of Nature. Despite enormous research effort unification has been elusive. My contribution has been a Gravitational explanation of quantum theory. Which you can read about at a general level in The Universe Next Door by Marcus Chown where twelve radical scientific theories are described. Chapter 4 "All the World's a Time Machine" discusses aspects of my work.

Physics and the mind

Philosophers, and even a few scientists, invoke quantum theory as being essential to explain consciousness and free will. as a physicist interested in the frontiers of the subject and foundations of quantum theory, that's an exciting prospect. My work culminated in the challenge model of free will; published as A deterministic model of free will has now been published. it is a breakthrough in the centuries old free will problem. Not only is free will modelled in humans, it could also be built into a computer. Quantum theory is shown to be irrelevant and the key false presupposition in the free will debate is identified. The work was recently presented in the Free Will and physics debates: PowerPoint 


A full list of all my published papers and preprints awaiting publication can be found on the preprint arXiv

Description of my published papers
You may view some provocative talks on fundamental physics

Equation for a perfect ....

I have been asked to produce the perfect equation for... a few times by PR companies. It started with a perfect pancake toss and progressed from there with varying degrees of success. Read all about it...