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A further exploration of a theory of physics that reinterprets light through a new paradigm.

In this follow-up to A New Light on the Expanding Universe (2010), Hardison (Why Edward Morley Didn’t Win the Nobel Prize in Physics, 2014, etc.) expands on his contention that the speed of light isn’t a fixed, measurable quantity, as most physicists have believed for more than a century, and that, as a result, modern physics has produced a faulty portrait of the universe, based on a misunderstanding of the fundamental nature of light and matter. The book further explores the implications of light as an instantaneous transfer of energy from one atom to another and the resulting reinterpretation of experimental observations of eclipses, background radiation, and galactic movement. As in the previous work, Hardison presents a highly technical discussion of his subject, with hundreds of equations and dozens of tables and diagrams throughout the text. Although the math requires a degree of expertise, the narrative is clean and coherent, explaining complex topics without hyperbole or jargon, and often with a touch of humor. “I really don’t believe in photons anymore,” Hardison explains at one point, and a later chapter deals with “neutrons, which are ubiquitous but don’t seem to have much purpose in life.” In the book’s final chapters, he attempts to engage with critics of his earlier work, but acknowledges the fundamental problem of evaluating his contentions: “All of my theoretical calculations seem to produce essentially the same results as the widely accepted theories.” Without data to validate the theories discussed in the book, readers will be able to join in Hardison’s thought experiment, but they won’t come away with a definitive answer to the nature of the universe. Physics students won’t find this book a replacement for their classroom texts, but readers with a knowledge of the mathematics involved in Hardison’s arguments will still find it an engaging—if not conclusive—argument for examining established physics from a new perspective.

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