Scientist Profile

Nick Percival
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Mind Blown Taking on Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity head-on
Profession Physicist and Entrepreneur
Interest Twin's Paradox and Time
Education Degreen in Physics from Harvard
Nationality USA
Resides Ridgefield, CT

Profile [Derived from many years worth of writings, presentations, videos]:

Growing up, Nick’s hero was Einstein (in addition to baseball great, Ted Williams). So when Nick entered Harvard at 17 in 1959, he wanted to learn about the “greatest achievement in physics”, namely, Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. (Since Nick had only been able to achieve pinch hitter status in high school baseball, dreams of becoming another Ted Williams had been abandoned.)

In addition, Nick’s High School freshman math class had given him some confidence in his math skills. Briefly, Nick misunderstood his math teacher to say that “the world” didn’t know what the square root of minus one was. Anyway, since Nick soon had a week’s vacation and liked puzzle solving, he spent his vacation figuring out what the square root of minus one was and went on to figure out the basic rules of complex math and “imaginary” numbers. Before Nick could reveal his “discovery”, he learned that the square root of minus one was well known and what his teacher actually meant was that the class did not yet have the needed background to address that question. So Nick never showed his work and actually felt really stupid and “Yes”, Nick was indeed quite intellectually naïve at this point. However, a few years later, Nick saw a wall poster showing the history of math and the chart showed the discovery of the square root of minus numbers as one of math’s great achievements. So Nick was encouraged to analyze things for himself.

When, a Harvard physics course on special relativity discussed its “time dilation”, Nick automatically realized that “time dilation” had to be a “just observed” effect rather than a physical effect, otherwise, as the great Prof. Herbert Dingle put it, “special relativity … unavoidably requires that (clock) A works more slowly than (clock) B and (clock) B more slowly than (clock) A – which it requires no super-intelligence to see is impossible”. Years later Nick was stunned to learn that the physics community was claiming to explain physical clock rate changes in terms of special relativity’s “time dilation” as that instantly leads to an obvious contradiction. Even Einstein had previously admitted this 11 years after his original special relativity paper.

So the above realization launched a 50+ year campaign by Nick to show how to truly understand this flaw in special relativity and its profound implications that will shake ALL of “spacetime” physics and astronomy and cosmology. After several fruitless decades, Nick even developed a new technique for enlightening physics professors which recently has had the desired impact on individual physics professors in one-on-one interactions, but, to date, no impact in general. Nick graduated with a degree in physics from Harvard. Nick, since 2016, has been a director and officer (Secretary) of the worldwide, leading edge science organization, the John Chappell Natural Philosophy Society (CNPS). As an entrepreneur, Nick was the sole developer of and for the first 10 years – the former was used by a cumulative total of over 500,000 teachers. More info on the prior paragraphs can be found in the articles listed below – best to read the 5 part series articles in number order.

Nick has his own YouTube channel called the Nick of Time.

Read 8 Article(s) by Nick Percival

by Nick Percival
Smoot’s mission was to see if there were “wrinkles” in the CBR representing the earliest signals of the Big Bang – from about 300,000 years after the bang. Smoot & team also had to make a detailed map of radiation from our galaxy and indeed from the whole sky so that they could remove “noise” radiation from their data. >>>think critically...
by Nick Percival
I have analyzed the Twin Paradox of Special Relativity for 50 years and am very familiar with all of its … >>>think critically...
by Nick Percival
For the reader who is unfamiliar with physics academia, it might seem difficult to understand why Special Relativity (SR) remains one of the key foundation blocks of academic, theoretical physics. After all physics thinking should be based on empirical data and logic – there should be little room for subjective preferences, etc. >>>think critically...
by Nick Percival
The earliest empirical data directly related to “time dilation” came from particle accelerators. These results seemed to confirm Einstein’s time dilation prediction. When unstable particles had “high velocity”, their half-lives were greatly increased – in other words, “high velocity” particles survived longer than “low velocity” particles before they decayed. >>>think critically...
by Nick Percival
Sometimes one can get a much deeper insight into a theory by comparing it to a quite different theory covering the same domain. We will do that here by comparing Special Relativity (SR) to Lorentz Aether Theory (LAT) of the late 1800’s or, to be more precise, we will compare SR to the top level, conceptual framework of LAT.

>>>think critically...
by Nick Percival
But not so fast. First, let me give you an analogy. There’s a very funny 2007 British comedy/mystery film. The story goes as follows. The top cop in London, loves and lives his job. He’s so good at his job that he soon gets promoted to Sergeant. However, the only open position is in a quiet village that has been named as the “Safest Place in the UK” every year for decades. The top cop’s ... >>>think critically...
by Nick Percival
Albert Einstein is a revered icon of science and a symbol of genius. Time Magazine named him, not just Person of Year, but Person of the 20th Century. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is often touted as the “greatest achievement in physics”. It would seem to take a lot of chutzpah to contradict Einstein on any topic, but to challenge him regarding relativity would se... >>>think critically...
by Nick Percival

In 1956, I entered the ninth grade. My math teacher, Mr. Nash, was an excellent and caring teacher. One day he wrote some things on the blackboard and then said something like, “We don’t know what the square root of minus one is.”

>>>think critically...