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The Genesis of a New Theory of Matter
by Dr Percy Seymour 

Posted: 17:10 July 14, 2008

In 1985 I formulated a new theory of matter. In this article I will outline my reasons for doing so, and I will discuss the positive consequences of the theory for subatomic physics, for dark matter and for dark energy.

I have always been proud of the fact that I studied physics at Manchester University. The physics, mathematics and astronomy departments of the university had a character that was very much in keeping with the character of science and technology of the city of Manchester itself. Science was not theoretical science for its own sake; initially the purpose of science was to serve the industrial revolution, so it was practical and focussed on useful results.

Manchester was the place where the industrial revolution started. It was also the world's first atomic city. It was here that John Dalton (1766-1844), a chemist, turned the Greek idea about atoms into a full scientific theory that was to form a new basis for chemistry. It was here that James Joule (1818-1889) established relationships between electrical current, mechanical energy and heat. It was here that Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) supervised experiments that established that the atom consisted of a dense central nucleus surrounded by orbiting electrons. Niels Bohr (1885-1962), the Danish physicist, came to England to work under J J Thomson, Cavendish Professor at Cambridge University, but the two men had a personality clash, so he went to Manchester to work with Rutherford. It was here that the Rutherford-Bohr model of the atom was first conceived. As an undergraduate at Manchester University I work at the very bench that Geiger and Marsden, two students of Rutherford, carried out the experiment which Rutherford used to establish the existence of the atomic nucleus.

It was not only in the physics department where experiment and practical considerations formed the basis of the theories that were developed. Even the mathematics department concentrated largely on problems in engineering, fluid mechanics and aerodynamics.

In my undergraduate course in physics I was introduced to the mathematical precision of the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, including the initial stages of relativistic quantum mechanics. However, for my post-graduate studies in astronomy I worked on the role of magnetic fields in astronomical objects. The contrast between the two areas of research was vast. The problems concerning the interactions between magnetic fields and gas motions in cosmic situations were so complex that the majority of them did not lend themselves to rigorous mathematical solutions. Although applied mathematicians had given substance to the pressures and tensions that Michael Faraday had conceived to be associated with magnetic lines of force, most of the problems encountered when working on magnetic fields in a cosmic context could only be dealt with by approximate methods. This was not just due to academic or technical difficulties; it was inherent in the very nature of the problems.

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