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 proposed bet – in four parts – about 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
• Do you want to bet about this fascinating issue of modern science?
 

The proposed bet – in four parts – about the unification of fundamental physics

1. No deviation from the standard model of particle physics (with massive Dirac neutrinos with PMNS mixing) will ever be observed. Thus also no exception to the invariant limits c and .
2. No deviation from general relativity (at sub-galactic distances) will ever be observed. Thus also no exception to the invariant limits c, c5/4G, c4/4G, c3/4G and c2/4G.
3. Every observation in fundamental particle physics is explained by the fundamental Planck-scale principle of the strand conjecture. The assumptions are minimal, clear and unmodifiable. No other, inequivalent approach will achieve this completeness of explanation.
4. Calculating the fundamental constants of the standard model – the mass of the electron and of the other elementary particles, the fine structure constant and the nuclear coupling constants, and all mixing angles – is possible with strands. No other, inequivalent approach will achieve this calculation.

The research page lists papers and preprints explaining how the predictions arise.

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Tests with particle experiments – of bet part 1:

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Tests with gravity experiments – of bet part 2:

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Theoretical tests – of bet parts 3 and 4:

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Present limitations and timeline of the prediction

The aim remains to extend the list of tests in cosmology and to improve the calculations of the fundamental constants. In principle, the predictions have no end in time. Due to finite lifetime of homo sapiens, an earlier date for a challenge is 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 – and every prediction – agrees with all known experiments. Since the predictions listed on this page were deduced in 2014 (in fact, almost all were deduced in 2009) all checks are positive.
  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 full standard model Lagrangian, the vanishing vacuum energy and the lack of a Landau pole; strands explain the field equations of general relativity, the Hilbert Lagrangian, 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, all conventional "principles" and Lagrangians used in 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. A few remarks about form and quality: The strand conjecture fits on a T-shirt, as often required. The T-shirt contains and agrees with all textbook physics. The strand conjecture is based only on professional papers and journals. The strand conjecture gets no points on the Baez and the Caldwell crackpot indices. The strand conjecture agrees with data but is falsifiable; in fact, the numerous predictions on this page and in the preprints – and the many people working on them – make falsification possible for everyone, as required by any candidate theory in physics.

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Do you want to bet about this fascinating issue of modern science?

Thousands of people have worked and are still working on unification. It is among the most captivating problems in science. Do you want to bet about the best path to unification? Then write me at christoph@motionmountain.net. I will bet on the strand conjecture or on one of its predictions – privately or publicly, even on the long bets website. The central aspect of this scientific wager is: Is unification as simple as strands suggest?

Are you a researcher from a university, CERN, another research institution or a funding organisation? You can bet against the conjecture by finding (or funding) a single effect (or experiment) showing physics beyond the standard model or beyond general relativity. Or you can bet on the conjecture by supporting strand research with 10 ppm of your annual budget.

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 hundreds of predictions and tests given here fails, the received financial support for strand research will be refunded. In short: strand conjecture falsified, money back.

An easy way to bet against the conjecture is to point out gaps in the preprints on the research page. An easy way to bet on the conjecture is to donate to our tiny non-profit research organization, the Motion Mountain Physikverein. Sizeable donations that support research on strands will be mentioned – except if anonymity is preferred – in future publications and on this website.

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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