Surfer Dude Invents Theory Of Everything

yep... some yurt-toting-frisbee-chucking-chiba-monkey has claimed to unlock the secrets of this ginormous universe... in between long moments on his surfboard. Graeme Thickins should be pleased.

From the Telegraph: Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything

Lisi's inspiration lies in the most elegant and intricate shape known to mathematics, called E8 - a complex, eight-dimensional mathematical pattern with 248 points first found in 1887, but only fully understood by mathematicians this year after workings, that, if written out in tiny print, would cover an area the size of Manhattan.


E8 encapsulates the symmetries of a geometric object that is 57-dimensional and is itself is 248-dimensional. Lisi says "I think our universe is this beautiful shape." What makes E8 so exciting is that Nature also seems to have embedded it at the heart of many bits of physics. One interpretation of why we have such a quirky list of fundamental particles is because they all result from different facets of the strange symmetries of E8.


Lisi's breakthrough came when he noticed that some of the equations describing E8's structure matched his own. "My brain exploded with the implications and the beauty of the thing," he tells New Scientist. "I thought: 'Holy crap, that's it!'"

party on, dude!

Seriously... I'm a believer that the universe is a chaotic, dynamic system. I've never seen any evidence that the fundamental rules of physics must be immutable: believing so just makes the math easier. In short: as soon as we invent a theory of everything, somebody will discover a new everything.

Nevertheless, everybody seems excited about E8. Whether its the right answer, or just the next right answer, it's still very innovative.

UPDATE: There's a video of E8 rotating online. (Hat Tip: Ze Frank)


surfing is life....

and this guy proves it in spades....

wow, a PhD from UCSD, and he spends all his time
surfing and snowboarding? what a lifestyle! seriously,
he appears to do some major heavy thinking while
he enjoys those pursuits, huh?

thanks for the post, Bex -- it's awesome, dude :-)
reading the comments to the Guardian story alone
was worth it! can't wait to send this to some of my
buddies in San Diego...


looks like somebody just checked their trackbacks...

Yeah, I thought you'd get a kick out of that.

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