The Quantum Pontiff

Dude! Look At Those Equations!

Garrett Lisi, surfer and creator of possible theories of everything, has given a TED talk:

I had never thought to put Schrodinger into the box.

“I try to balance my life between physics, love, and surfing. That way even if the physics I work on comes to nothing, I’ve lived a good life.” Word.


  1. #1 eddie
    October 14, 2008

    The idea is to think outside the box and in the box at the sane time.

  2. #2 Nick
    October 14, 2008

    Just from seeing people mention his theory of everything, I get the sense that some people think he’s making complicated stuff too simple. Does anyone know enough about this to really explain why some physicists dislike his idea/approach so much?

  3. #3 Anon
    October 14, 2008

    I thought his model was pretty thoroughly debunked? That he was doing things like ignoring vectors? Now I hear he’s been going around giving lectures and has funding from Templeton… what’s going on?

    This is actually a serious question – I’d like to know if there’s still some reason for his theory to be taken seriously.

  4. #4 milkshake
    October 15, 2008

    the first example of the Schrodinger cat thinking outside the box (sorry, I could not help it)

  5. #5 David McMahon
    October 15, 2008

    I don’t know about his theory, but I really like his approach to life. Balance is something a lot of physics geeks don’t have and sorely need. I also like the fact he is an independent researcher instead of playing within the system. Not saying people shouldn’t be in academia but academics can be major snobs.

  6. #6 Dave Bacon
    October 15, 2008

    Hey academics are elitists, not snobs :)

  7. #7 Dave Bacon
    October 15, 2008

    Anon: ignoring vectors, you are probably thinking about the discussion of “adding” bosons and fermions. But yes there are problems: for example

    Perhaps if you object to the Templeton foundation you should send a donation to him :)

  8. #8 Nick
    October 15, 2008

    Helpful link! Thanks Dave!

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