Even the faintest whisper about the unification of physics must stand up to experiment with tests, new explanations, and predictions. These are the ones 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
• Consequences for research policy and funding
 

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.

Es gibt viele Theorien,
die sich jedem Test entziehen.
Diese aber kann man checken,
elend wird sie dann verrecken.

If only a single test of the following list fails, the strand conjecture is wrong and the bet is lost.

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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

Bet challenges that support our non-profit will be considered. An example would be a donation that is refunded by the non-profit in case that just one of the above tests fails.

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Why you should bet on the strand conjecture

Donations that support research on strands will be mentioned in future publications and on this website.

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Consequences for research policy and funding

CERN's future results will be essential for settling the above bet on the future of fundamental physics. As long as the strand conjecture is not confirmed, CERN and all other research bodies should continue to pursue their current research strategy and goals. These include particle experiments, astro-particle research, theoretical research, and numerical computing research for particle physics.

One topic should be added: CERN and other research bodies should support strand research – with around 10 ppm of their budget.

Given the promising results so far, the Motion Mountain Physikverein makes an unusual offer: it is ready, if desired, to refund the received financial support for strand research in the case that the strand conjecture turns out to be incorrect.

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