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    Hi. Today I have joined the forum and I wish to greet cordially all persons that frequent it. I live in Argentina and my native language is Spanish. I do not handle English as I would like, but here I am with the best will, putting all my attention. My favorite subject of physics is Maxwell's electrodynamics, which after a century and a half has nothing new to contribute ... or does it? I hope that this and other topics are the subject of fruitful dialogues. Best regards.
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    Hello(ola?)
    You English seems very good.
    I do not have a good understanding of Maxwell's electrodynamics but it is an interesting subject.

    The forum is quiet at the moment but perhaps there will be an interesting post in the coming days☺
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    Hello geordief, I am glad of to be part of this community. Spanish forums are quiet too. Physics isn't today an atractive social magnet. This may be consequence of the theoretical statu quo, on the last 40 or 50 years. A bit more of audacity and side-view thinkig are needed in theorethical approachs. Best regards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slow View Post
    Hello geordief, I am glad of to be part of this community. Spanish forums are quiet too. Physics isn't today an atractive social magnet. This may be consequence of the theoretical statu quo, on the last 40 or 50 years. A bit more of audacity and side-view thinkig are needed in theorethical approachs. Best regards.
    That may be so.Personally though I do not have the intellectual "firepower" to go down that route.

    All my energy (in this area) is taken up with slowly learning as much as possible about the mainstream view -and trying to weed out my misconceptions based on faulty intuitions .

    I find that ,as one begins to learn about some of the findings in physics that are at the front edge of research that differences in approach and interpretation between those who are at the "front line" can be fascinating.

    I feel no need(or ability) to get involved personally and one reason is so as not to appear a fool to myself or others.

    50 years ago a friend repeated to me the saying "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing"

    On this particular website speculation around the edges of mainstream theory is not welcomed as I feel Speedfreak has pointed out in another recent thread .I feel his point of view is that there are other forums where people can "let off steam" and that discussion here should be more focused on established physics as this is why the site was established in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slow View Post
    Hello geordief, I am glad of to be part of this community. Spanish forums are quiet too. Physics isn't today an atractive social magnet. This may be consequence of the theoretical statu quo, on the last 40 or 50 years. A bit more of audacity and side-view thinkig are needed in theorethical approachs. Best regards.
    A lot of non-scientists have this odd notion that audacity is missing. But if you attend any conferences, you'll see no end of far-out ideas. The thing is, the lay press generally don't attend these things. It's only once in a blue moon that some new observation is made that then grabs some attention.

    In some sense, what you are seeing is the result of success. Measurements keep supporting the "standard models" of physics. Scientists are more than ready for a shift, but until data comes along to compel it, it won't happen. That's why billions are spent on more powerful accelerators, better telescopes, etc. We have to look outside of the current experimental range to have a chance of seeing something that will stubbornly resist a fit with the current picture. So it's not a lack of imagination that is the problem you're complaining about, so more "audacity" won't fix it.

    If you pay close attention to the lay press, you'll see a familiar sequence repeating itself. First, some measurement or observation seems to disagree with the mainstream. In almost the same week, reports of theoretical explanations emerge. Did the theorists suddenly come up with this on the fly? Of course not. They have been waiting in the wings for just such a day. Alas, most of the time, the triggering observation turns out to be spurious, and the waiting begins anew.
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    Very nice is this conversation that without planning we are having. Months ago I made a physics document of usual style, with premises, development, theorems, corollaries, etc. At the end I noticed that such a document, to be useful, needs to be put in the appropriate context. That is why I am preparing a brief monograph, focused on historical and epistemological details of physics, understood by the majority but usually left in the darkness of the unspoken.
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