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It appears, that someone may have beat us to it. For those of us who strongly rejected the sting theory, it's good news: :thumbsup:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311952,00.html

*Even more remarkable is that Lisi, who has a Ph.D. but no permanent university affiliation, solves the problem without resorting to exotic dimensions, string theory or exceptionally complex mathematics.*

Just as the General Theory of Realtivity prooved to be a simple equation (ok with a big ass number at the end Lisi http://sifter.org/~aglisi/Surfing/surfing.html claims to have solved the problem with another simple equation (ok a 248-dimensioned one).

I don't know if he's right, but I always believed that the most complicated equations can always be reduced if you can just find the common denominator.

*A successful Grand Unified Theory would use a series of equations to show how the four fundamental forces of nature — gravity, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces — relate to each other.*

Electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force, which controls radioactivity, were linked more than 30 years ago, and some progress has been made with linking them to the strong nuclear force, which binds protons together in the atomic nucleus.

But gravity has always been an outlier. Not only have all attempts to link gravity to the other three forces failed, but physicists still can't agree on what gravity actually is or how it works.

Lisi solves this by using the E8 lattice, an eight-dimensional structure visualized earlier this year in a widely circulated paper.

Electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force, which controls radioactivity, were linked more than 30 years ago, and some progress has been made with linking them to the strong nuclear force, which binds protons together in the atomic nucleus.

But gravity has always been an outlier. Not only have all attempts to link gravity to the other three forces failed, but physicists still can't agree on what gravity actually is or how it works.

Lisi solves this by using the E8 lattice, an eight-dimensional structure visualized earlier this year in a widely circulated paper.

http://www.foxnews.com/js/photoPop.html?0

His solution:

http://arxiv.org/abs/0711.0770

**1. Introduction**

We exist in a universe described by mathematics. But which math? Although it is interesting

to consider that the universe may be the physical instantiation of all mathematics,[1]

there is a classic principle for restricting the possibilities: The mathematics of the universe

should be beautiful. A successful description of nature should be a concise, elegant, unifed

mathematical structure consistent with experience.We exist in a universe described by mathematics. But which math? Although it is interesting

to consider that the universe may be the physical instantiation of all mathematics,[1]

there is a classic principle for restricting the possibilities: The mathematics of the universe

should be beautiful. A successful description of nature should be a concise, elegant, unifed

mathematical structure consistent with experience.

An elegant way of repeating Einstein's premise that "God doesn't play dice with the Universe"...something argued against by the quantum theorists...

connection. A non-compact real form of the E8 Lie algebra has G2 and F4 subalgebras which

break down

and three generations of fermions related by triality. The interactions and dynamics of these

1-form and Grassmann valued parts of an E8 superconnection are described by the curvature

and action over a four dimensional base manifold.

**Abstract:**All fields of the standard model and gravity are unifed as an E8 principal bundleconnection. A non-compact real form of the E8 Lie algebra has G2 and F4 subalgebras which

break down

**to strong su(3), electroweak su(2) x u(1), gravitational so(3,1),**the frame-Higgs,and three generations of fermions related by triality. The interactions and dynamics of these

1-form and Grassmann valued parts of an E8 superconnection are described by the curvature

and action over a four dimensional base manifold.

I know by the time I get done reading it, I'll sleep better tonight.:corn:

PS. Fred, I think you'll find some interesting shapes when you read the paper.