BEYOND THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY (BOOK REVIEW)
By Laszlo Gazdag, Reviewed by Hal Fox
BEYOND THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY
A Book Review, by Hal Fox
"Beyond The Theory of The Relativity," Laszlo Gazdag, Translated by Mate Fazekas (Hungary), c1998, 2nd ed., Publishing House, Robottchnika Kft., Budapest, Hungary, ISBN 963 85687 4 7; $5.00, 81 pages, indexed.
Dr. Gazdag has presented a number of difficult concepts in a more simple manner than is usually done in books of this type. He has extended some of the concepts of physics to embrace the aether because he found that the concept was important to explain some of the basic concepts of physics. Gazdag quotes Einstein as saying that some of the concepts of the aether may have to be included. Gazdag also explains, in an easy to understand way, how Planck developed the concept of quanta and suggested Planck's constant. Some of the prior scientific minds from Gazdag's part of the world are cited and their contributions to the evolution of advanced scientific thought are explained. (We, too often, do not study and appreciate some of the great minds that have contributed to science from the middle-European and Russian-speaking countries.) The way in which Gazdag treats the concepts of how particle matter under acceleration becomes wave-like (up to the speed of light) is particularly interesting. Gazdag suggests that at the speed of light any particle is fully a wave. Although he still embraces Lorentzian dimensional changes, it is difficult to reconcile a flatter wave.
This author also gives an excellent background to the use of the red-shift to calculate the time of the Big Bang for which a Nobel prize was awarded. Although this reviewer thinks that the Big Bang is a figment of the imagination, the history of the concept is interesting. Gazdag has not had the pleasure of being introduced to high-density charge cluster technology and, therefore, his explanation of Globular Lightning should be revised.
For those who do not readily comprehend some of the mathematics, you will find it instructive to read between some of the equations. The author does a good job to identify what the equations represent. If you have been dabbling in the study of relativity, you will find this book to be pleasantly more explanatory than most of the books of this type. Not only are the explanations better, but the concepts presented are well worth the $5 selling price. Dr. Gazdag is another of the international scientists with whom we hope to continue the dialogue that is rapidly developing a better understanding of Nature and how Nature's phenomena may be better applied to solve some of man-made problems.
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Aug. 25, 1999.