Even the faintest whisper about the unification of physics must stand up to experiment with new explanations, tests, and predictions. The following ones were deduced by Christoph Schiller from the strand conjecture.

 
• The bet – in six parts – on the unification of fundamental physics
• Tests with particle experiments
• Tests with gravity experiments
• Theoretical tests
• Present limitations and timeline of the prediction
• Why you should bet against the strand conjecture
• Why you should bet on the strand conjecture
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The bet – in six parts – on the unification of fundamental physics

1. No deviation from the standard model of particle physics (with massive Dirac neutrinos) will be discovered.
2. No deviation from general relativity (at subgalactic distances) will be discovered.
3. No exception to any (corrected) Planck limit will be discovered.
4. All observations and all theories derive from the fundamental principle of the strand conjecture. Its assumptions are minimal, clear, and unmodifiable.
5. Calculating the fundamental constants of the standard model (masses of the electron and the other elementary particles, fine structure constant, nuclear coupling constants, and mixing angles) is possible.
6. Everything unexplained so far in fundamental particle physics is explained.

Papers and preprints explaining how the parts of the prediction arise are found here.

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Tests with particle experiments – of parts 1 and 3:

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Tests with gravity experiments – of parts 2 and 3:

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Theoretical tests – of parts 4, 5 and 6:

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Present limitations and timeline of the prediction

The aim remains to extend the list of tests and to reduce the limitations of the prediction, which was first formulated in 2009. More on the story behind the prediction is found in the blog on strand research. In principle, the prediction has no end in time. Due to finite lifetime of homo sapiens, an earlier date for a challenge would be more practical, such as 1 September 2030.

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Why you should bet against the strand conjecture

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Why you should bet on the strand conjecture

  1. So far, every consequence of the strand conjecture – every consequence and every prediction – agrees with all known experiments. Since the predictions were deduced in 2014 – in fact, almost all were deduced in 2009 – all checks are positive. And, besides, the strand conjecture agrees with all physics textbook theories: quantum theory, the standard model, and general relativity.
  2. The strand conjecture is the first and so far the only conjecture that explains the elementary particles and all their properties. For example, strands explain why there are three particle generations and why protons have the same charge as positrons.
  3. The strand conjecture is the first and so far the only conjecture that explains the four interactions and their properties. For example, strands explain quantum field theory, the gauge groups, the gauge interaction Lagrangians, the vanishing vacuum energy and the lack of a Landau pole; strands explain the field equations of general relativity, black hole entropy and the no-hair theorem.
  4. The strand conjecture is the first and so far the only conjecture that estimates the fundamental constants ab initio. For example, strands predict the normal neutrino mass sequence and a rough value for the weak mixing angle, ab initio; and by explaining the fine structure constant and the mass of the electron more precisely – and ab initio – strands will explain all colours in nature.
  5. The strand conjecture is the first and so far the only conjecture that explains everything ab initio in fundamental physics. It explains the principle of least action, the dimensionality of space, and all conventional "principles" of physics. All consequences of the strand conjecture – all explanations and all predictions – derive from a single principle at the Planck scale. There is no way to modify the strand conjecture. There is no way (except by changing tangle–particle assignments) to change the predictions of the conjecture. And no issues in fundamental physics are left unexplained.
  6. The strand conjecture gets no points on the Baez and the Caldwell crackpot indices, and it fits on a T-shirt.

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Thinking about betting on the hardest problem of modern science?

Unification is hard. Thousands of people have worked on it and thousands are still working on it. It is the hardest problem we know at present. It is harder than the Riemann conjecture, which itself is much harder than Fermat's last theorem. Do you want to bet about the best way to unification? Then write me at christoph@motionmountain.net. I will bet on the strand conjecture or on one of its predictions. This is a fascinating scientific wager.

A simple way to bet against the conjecture is to point out gaps in the preprints on the research page. A simple way to bet on the conjecture is to donate to our tiny non-profit, the Motion Mountain Physikverein. Donations that support research on strands will be mentioned – except if not desired – in future publications and on this website.

Are you a researcher from CERN or another institution? You can bet against the conjecture by finding a single effect beyond the standard model or beyond general relativity. You can bet on the conjecture by supporting strand research – with 10 ppm of your annual budget.

Do you want to place a long bet on the homonymous website? Let me know. (An example bet: "The tangle model and its predictions on particle physics and gravitational physics will not be falsified by any experiment at least until 1 September 2030.")

Are you a donor or a sponsor thinking about a medium-sized contribution or bet? Given the promising results so far, the Motion Mountain Physikverein makes an unusual offer: if desired, in the case that just one of the above predictions and tests fails, the received financial support for strand research will be refunded. In short: strand conjecture falsified, money back.

You want to support without being named? No problem.

Are you a donor or a sponsor thinking about a large bet or contribution? In this case, the Motion Mountain Physikverein makes an additional offer: if another, inequivalent conjecture about the unification of physics arises – explaining particles and forces, estimating fundamental constants, and explaining least action and the number of dimensions – then the received financial support for strand research will also be refunded. Even if the strand conjecture is not falsified. In short: strand conjecture not unique, money back.

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