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Prof. Vivian Pope
"Viv"
vivpope@btinternet.com
Tel: +44 (01792) 850764

Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,
Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX
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Pope, Prof. Neville Vivian     (Easy Link: http://www.worldsci.org/people/Neville_Pope)
Hon. Professor of Relativistic Quantum Physics,. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Internati (Deceased)

Interests: Relativity, Space, Time, Motion, Iaad, Mach's Principle
Nationality: Welsh
Born: Thursday, January 22, 1931
Died: Saturday, March 24, 2012 (Age 81)

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Related Websites:
POAMS - The Neo-Machian, Di... (The New) Quantum Touching ...


Edited Journals:
ANPA Newsletter

Books:
2008Light Speed, Gravitation and Quantum Instantaneity
2005Immediate Distant Action and Correlation in Modern Physics: The Balanced Universe
2004The Eye of the Beholder: The Role of the Observer in Modern Physics
1999Instantaneous Action at a Distance in Modern Physics: Pro and Contra
1981Relativising Relativity
1975Philosophy: An Outline of the Discipline and its Sub-Disciplines

Abstracts Online:
2008The Pioneer Anomaly or a ?Dissident' Perspective on Modern Physics
2000An Angular Momentum Synthesis of Gravitational and Electrostatic Forces
2009NASA's Missing Spin: The Pioneer and Missing Mass Anomalies
2004From Light in Space to Space in Light, the Complete Relativistic Revolution
2009Extraordinary Physics, or Is Modern Theoretical Physics Just a Teetering 'House of Cards'?
2006Breaking the Light Barrier to Scientific Progress
1986Is Relativity Quantized?
2008A Critique of Modern Physics
2000The Angular Momentum Aether
1997A Quantum-Digital Theory of Light
2004The Logical Redundancy of Einstein?s Second Postulate
1999Newton is Dead, Long Live Newton
2008Orbital Time Dilation
2008A Neo-Phenomenalist Alternative to Special Relativity Theory
2003An Angular Momentum Synthesis of ?Gravitational? and ?Electrostatic? Forces
1999The Complete Physics Heresy
2011Extraordinary Physics, or Is Modern Theoretical Physics Just a Teetering 'House of Cards'?

Event Attendence:
2011-07-0618th Natural Philosophy Alliance ConferenceConference (Absentia)
2008-09-12Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory XIConference
2006-09-08Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory XConference
2004-09-03Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory IXConference
2001-03-268th Natural Philosophy Alliance ConferenceConference (Absentia)
2000-08-01Physics as a Science IIConference
2000-06-057th Natural Philosophy Alliance ConferenceConference
1995-09-0117th International Meeting of the Alternative Natural Philosophy AssociationConference
1994-09-0116th International Meeting of the Alternative Natural Philosophy AssociationConference

Biography

N. Vivian (Viv) Pope worked for almost twenty years in the telecommunications industry, leaving to become a mature-age student at the University of Wales, Bangor. Graduating in the Philosophy of Science, he then became a lecturer at the Burton-on-Trent Further Education College, Staffordshire where he taught Liberal Studies and Philosophy. He was also tutor/counselor for the Open University. He took early retirement from these posts in order to concentrate on his researches into the philosophical foundations of modern physics. He has published numerous papers and books on the subject, both on his own and in collaboration with his younger colleague, Dr. Anthony Osborne.

Here is his fascinating story in his own words:

I am now (in 2011) eighty years old, physically disabled, but not mentally, thank God! This disability follows from an all-too vigorous young life (weightlifting, motor-racing - plus crashing) wrestling and general lunacy), all this in an eminently individualistic (i.e., un-clubbable) capacity.

Early education

As you may gather, I was a rather unruly youth. Educationally speaking, I was a 'dropout' - a 'dissident', you might say, right from the very start. During the Second World War, at the age of ten I was evacuated with my younger sister away from our home town of Swansea which was being heavily bombed. Separated from my sister, I was sent to a small country school in mid-Wales where the teaching was in the Welsh language. I am very Welsh as my DNA attests, but my family (apart from my maternal grandparents) did not speak the language. In the industrial town of Swansea. the English language was predominant, and I was not encouraged to speak my mother tongue. Thus, in the entirely Welsh-Speaking community into which I had been precipitated, I became educationally disadvantaged. The school was in Gelli Aur *(Welsh for 'Golden Grove'), and that is where I first learned to become an expert in truancy. In short, while everyone else was at school I went 'walkabout' in what I later described in a recent book on that era, as 'God's country'.

This expertise in truancy continued when I returned to my hometown, so that I twice failed my entrance examination for Grammar School (High School). However, I passed an intelligence test which, luckily for me, had no academic content to it. Thus, in 1943, I became a student at the Junior Technical School (JTS), Swansea. The workshop practice with files,  lathes, shaping machines and so on was much to my liking; but when it came to academic, sit-down-and-learn subjects, Physics and Chemistry in particular, being desperately disappointed and bored with the way these subjects were taught, I found a way of escaping school altogether. In this way I gained my own brand of education in picking up interesting bits and pieces of junk in the local scrap-yards and testing my home-made radios with a fellow escapee in the same park (Cwmdonkin) that our famous countryman, the poet Dylan Thomas frequented and has written about. In general, then, from my earlier days, my days were occupied by inventing things and, on occasions, playing football with my friends, including my yet-to-become-famous, Cwmbwrla schoolmate, footballer John Charles. From then on, Most of my time was spent in physical and generally exploratory, sometimes dangerous, pursuits with a Forestfach gang of roustabouts of the same ilk. (The Welsh 'Cwmbwrla', by the way, means 'Valley of the Pure Voice'., and Fforestfach means 'Little Forest').

Marriage and family

At school, the sorts of pupils I most implacably detested were the scholars, the ones with the academic promise and aspirations. And then, in 1946, I met one of these detestable scholars, an Oxbridge hopeful named Mary Thomas, from the 'upper-crust' Girls' High School in Swansea. Through her, I obtained, by stealth and tender persuasion, the education in literacy and arts which I needed but could never have obtained through Educational coercion. We were married in 1953, she at twenty and I at twenty-two. We now have three daughters and eight grandchildren.

From the Tech, I was somehow transferred, at sixteen, to the Dynevor Grammar school from which, after half a term, I left to become a trainee draughtsman at the local steelworks (Cwmfelin, meaning Valley of the Mill ). After six months as an engineering draughtsman, I followed my father into the telecommunications industry, where I worked as a telephone engineer for eighteen years, interrupted by two years National Service in the Royal Air Force (1950-52) as a Radio Direction-finding and Air Traffic Control Operator, plus unofficial improver of the radio equipment. After the RAF I returned to my job, during which time my wife had begun her teaching career. After I left the RAF, through my father, Donald Edward Pope, who was an excellent male role-model and much respected amateur astronomer, as well as being a philosopher and far-sighted liberal thinker, I became interested in Astronomy and it was through membership of the Astronomical Society, at the Royal Institution, Swansea, that I was introduced to Relativity Theory.

This galvanized me. It seemed absurd to be told that time was not the same everywhere in the way I had somehow automatically assumed. Plaguing my father about it, in exasperation, no doubt, he told me to 'ask Einstein'. I left it to Mary to find Einstein's address. This she did and, naively, I wrote to Einstein asking him to explain something which, as I learned afterward, was known as the 'Clock Paradox'. To everyone's amazement; - not least my father's - Einstein sent me a very encouraging reply which is now kept as a treasured item in the Swansea County Archives: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/westglamorganarchives. to be read only under staff supervision. This has appeared several times in the media including, most recently, on television where it was valued as some thousands of pounds.

 

During these years, continuing my work as a telecoms engineer, I embarked on the course set for me by Einstein's reply to my question, which at the time, I had failed to understand. Eventually, I came to realize that if what one person could discover about nature was true, then that same truth should be discoverable by others in different ways, otherwise that discovery could not be an entirely objective one.

A seminal, life-changing discovery

And this, indeed, is what I did discover; another way of reaching the same conclusion as Einstein regarding the dilation of time with relative motion. This was not by the conventional and highly complex mathematical-physics means of 'electrodynamics' and 'light-velocity' but by the very much simpler, purely graphical means of the geometry which I had learned to use as an engineering draftsman. This confirmed, independently, what Einstein had said in his letter, and concurred in correspondence with Herman Bondi, the Mathematical Physicist and Astronomer, that there is no such thing as the 'clock paradox'. Most significant, however, was my discovery of the fact that the same conclusions that Einstein had come to, regarding space and time could be deduced without reference to his  mystifying concept of light having a 'velocity' which is constant, not only to space itself but also relative to all observers moving or stationary within that space. (This was also concurred by Bondi.) In other words, my lateral-thinking alternative showed that Einstein's Second Axiom of Special Relativity is redundant, hence so is all the conventional talk about 'electromagnetic propagation' in relation to relativity. It was this discovery which led, later, to my work on 'quantum instantaneity'. (lately, an article appeared in New Scientist reporting that more than just a few mainstream physicists have come to the same conclusion (See 'Shedding Light on Light', N.S., 1/11/08, pp. 28-31).

University

In my pursuit of this subject, in extramural contacts with various members of the Physics and Philosophy departments of Swansea University, I was invited to attend staff-student seminars. This was on an informal, day-release, basis in which I continued my job in telecommunications whilst getting involved in discussions about Wittgenstein and Linguistic Analysis. Then, in 1965, two of the Swansea University lecturers recommended me to the Principal of the Workers Education College in North Wales (Coleg Harlech) and, with my wife's encouragement, I became a student at that college. There, I set aside my technical training and studied Arts subjects, such as Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology, plus History of Ideas and Literature. Despite my earlier leanings towards scientific pursuits I took to all this like a duck to water and, in 1966 I was invited to study for a degree at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. Having moved my family to that region while I pursued my studies, in 1969 I graduated with Honours in Philosophy of Science, with ancillary subjects Logic, Sociology and Psychology. For the following year I stayed on at University to gain a teaching certificate n Adult Education, during which time I also started on my Dissertation for the further degree

In 1970 I became a teacher of these subjects, in Adult Education, at Burton-on-Trent Technical College in the Midlands of England. This became a centre for the then nascent Open University for which I became a Tutor, Counselor and Study-Centre Coordinator. (as already explained on the NPA 'Pope' page).

A few years later I became involved with MENSA, who published an article of mine entitled 'The Overdue Revolution' (see http://www.poams.org/ in the section: 'Seminal Publications'). This enjoyed a good reception among the membership of that organization, to the extent that I was invited to subscribe my ideas on a regular basis to the MENSA Science-Interest Group, SPACESIGNL, which I did for some time thereafter.

CERN

In 1975 I had the opportunity of visiting CERN the atomic research laboratory in Geneva. In the capacity of an editor/reporter for a philosophical 'Viewspaper', I interviewed, among others, the Director, V. F. Weisskopf, T. D. Lee (discoverer of the 'meson') and John Bell (of 'Bell's Inequalities' fame). I also observed some of the experiments. All of this I found profoundly enlightening. (My report on it was written up in phi the Philosophical Viewspaper: ISSN 0305-5833.)

Natural Philosophy

In 1990 I was invited to do a talk in Imperial College, London. This was for the PIRT (Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory) association. My talk was entitled 'Instantaneous Relativistic Action-at-a-Distance'. An American professor who had attended the talk insisted on my publishing it, which I did, and persuaded me to attend the Cambridge based Alternative Natural Philosophy Association (ANPA). In this Association, I have presented many papers and became Secretary and Editor of the annual ANPA Newsletter (ISSN 1358-2240). I served in this capacity for about five years until I was forced to resign these posts due to ill health. Later, as a contributing 'back bencher', so to speak, a new President of the Association sought to ban me for being 'too Socratic'. (The 'Socratic Method' is to discover truth by the logical elimination of error. Pointing out errors in people's theories by logical reductio ad absurdum (reduction to absurdity) upsets people and is what led to Socrates, the Father of Natural Philosophy, being executed.)

Westminster

But now comes 'the crunch' which, as I'm sure you will see, speaks volumes for the need of innovative thinking in education. In our concern for this, as teachers, my wife and I were invited, under the auspices of a Liberal Member of Parliament, Clement Freud, to attend meetings in Westminster, London, where we presented our case for encouraging creative free-thinking in our high schools and universities (de-schooling, or anti-scholasticism as it was called). Against the conventional mainstream, with its emphasis on the testing and examining of students for proficiency in the attainment of Educationally preconceived 'mostly commercial ' ends, it was, as we eventually told ourselves, 'like trying to swim up a waterfall'.

Falling foul of the Educational Arts-Science apartheid

Nothing was more indicative of this mainstream pressure towards educational conformity than what happened when, in 1971, I presented my Masters Thesis for examination. In my run-up to this thesis I first had to present to my professor at Bangor, C. K. W Mundle, a dissertation for pre-evaluation and guidance. My thesis was entitled 'A Philosophical Re-Examination of Some Present Physical Concepts' (1972). This proposed a philosophical merger of relativistic and quantum physics; but far from encouraging me to present this truly innovative piece of work, I was warned that I 'should not presume to tell physicists what they should and shouldn't do. 'If I persisted on that course,' I was firmly told, 'I would inevitably fail.'

And, inevitably, I suppose, it did fail - twice (1972 and 1973). Referred to Professor Sir Karl Popper for a second opinion, he declared that 'it was not the thesis that had failed but its examiners'. In any event, it was the ideas developed in that thesis which have since been advanced in international conferences and in what some people have dubbed my 'heretical' books and papers. This was in my later connection, from 1982, with Keele University, UK as a Research Associate of the Mathematics Department. The ongoing Physics/Mathematics collaboration with Dr, Anthony Osborne, in that department has become known as POAMS, the Pope-Osborne Angular Momentum Synthesis (see http://www.poams.org/).

Doctor or Not? (Now Professor)

This was written Earlier

Although I am often referred to as 'Doctor', the Doctorate under which my researches with Osborne in the Mathematics Department at Keele University were at first conducted soon ran into deep trouble, This was because my thesis, by its very nature, fell between the two very same warring Educational factions of Arts and Science that it sought to unite. For instance, asked by the Maths Department to take oversight of the Philosophical content of my work with Osborne, the Philosophy Department declined. This was on the basis that as an Arts department they felt 'not competent' to judge my peculiar admixture of Mathematical Physics and Philosophy. So although I am assured that my work is well over the standard required for a Doctorate, as an attempt to merge two conventionally separate disciplines it falls into an academic limbo where it is conventionally unclassifiable, hence un-examinable, So my academic advisers tell me that I should just 'forget it'. 'Doctor', 'Mister' or whatever, they advise, is quite okay, although in the end I personally prefer just plain 'Viv Pope'. But that, too, has been frowned upon by some of my colleagues as being 'too informal' for publications purposes. So I've given up on it and let it come as it may. The moral seems to be that there are no doctorates awarded for heresy, which means that my status in the Educational establishment, even as a bona fide lecturer, administrator and researcher, has always been equivocal, hence a 'running sore' of embarrassment to The System.

This was written later

Since the above was written I have been made an Honourary Professor of Relativistic Quiantum Physics and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, International Institute of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics,Einstein-Galilei, Prato, Italy.

In sum, then, I am honoured to be referred to in academic circles as one of the 'top heretics on this planet' or, in some sectors, as 'The Sh**-Stirring Welshman'. I am honoured because it is a truism that all the significant advances in science have been 'heresies' in their day. My heresy is that I have sought to break the Arts-Science deadlock in contemporary Education by re-connecting Physics with Philosophy in what was originally known as Natural Philosophy. This is by earthing the conceptually airborne Relativity of Einstein in the quantised relativism of Einstein's philosophical mentor Mach. The result is a form of neo-Machian physics-philosophy known as Normal Realism, which, as compared to the theoretical extravagances of Modern Physics and Cosmology, has been called 'a triumph of commonsense'.

Recent:

In 2010 I was contacted by Masood Sanati, a physicist at Tehran University requesting my views on the mysteries of Charge Distribution. After much discussion on the subject he invited me to Iran to give some talks on the subject and to tutor his students. This was out of the question, not least duev tom my and Mary's health problems, but Sanati was very persistent in trying to get me an award for my work from the Khwarizmi Foundation. He then recommended me to Dr. Christian Corda who was setting up the International Institute for Theoretical Physics and Mathematics Einstein-Galilei at Prato in Italy. As a result, I am now a member of the Scientific Advisory Board with the title of Honorary Professor of Relativistic Quantum Physics.

More recently, in my new official status of Professor of Relativistic Quantum Physics in Prato Italy (see above) I am engaged in a an experimental project entitled, An experimental proof of predicted Changes in Newton's ?Gravitational Constant' G for Spinning Bodies'.

Articles:

  1. 1986 'Abstract: Is Relativity Quantized?' Speculations in Science and Technology, Vol. 9, No. 4, p. 242.
  2. 1987 'A New Approach to Special Relativity' (with A.D. Osborne). International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 191-198.
  3. 1987 (April) 'The Overdue Revolution'. MENSA, pp. 28-29.
  4. 1988 'Arts View of Science'. Times Higher Educational Supplement (Letter, November 11th.)
  5. 1988 'Floating Free'. Times Higher Ed. Suppl. (Ltr. Dec. 23rd.)
  6. 1989 'Experiments in God's Eye'. Times Higher Ed. Suppl. (Article, Feb. 2nd.)
  7. 1989 'The New World Synthesis'. Philosophia Mathematica (II) No. 1, Vol. 4, pp. 23-28.
  8. 1989 'Relativity is Kids' Stuff'. School Science Review, Vol. 70 (253) pp. 86-87.
  9. 1990 'Changing Philosophy'. Times Higher Ed. Suppl. (Ltr. May 4th.)
  10. 1990 'The Quantum is Kids' Stuff'. School Sci. Rev. Vol. 71, pp. 105-107.
  11. 1990 School Sci. Rev. (Forum) Vol.72, No. 258, p. 161.
  12. 1990 'Instantaneous Relativistic Action-at-a-Distance' (with A.D. Osborne). Proceedings of the 2nd BSPS conference: Physical Interpretations of Relativity (PIRT) pp. 460-488.
  13. 1992 'Relativity and Realism' (with A.D. Osborne). Proceedings of the 3rd BSPS conference: PIRT, pp. 281-287.
  14. 1992 'The Action-at-a-Distance Spectrum' (with A.D. Osborne). Proceedings of the 3rd BSPS conference: PIRT pp. 253-280.
  15. 1992 'Instantaneous Relativistic Action-at-a-Distance' (with A. D Osborne). Physics Essays, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 409-421.
  16. 1992 'The Sequential Paradigm', Proc. of the 13th Annual International Meeting of the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association (ANPA), Sept. 1991, pp. 55-65.
  17. 1993 'An Alternative Natural Philosophy', Proc of the 14th Annual International Meeting of ANPA, Sept 1992, pp. 113-130.
  18. 1994 'Normal Realism: A Challenge to Physicists'. Proc. of the 15th Annual International Meeting of ANPA, Sept. 1993, pp. 111-115.
  19. Also 'A Rustic Rediscovery of Relativity', pp. 116-130.
  20. 1994 'A Critical Review of the PIRT Conferences to Date'. Proc. of the 4th BSPS Conference: PIRT, pp 257-272.
  21. 1995 'In Search of the ANPA Philosophy'. ANPA Newsletter No. 15, ISSN 1358-2240, pp. 6-10.
  22. 1995 'Instantaneous Gravitational and Inertial Action-at-a-Distance' (with A.D. Osborne). Physics Essays, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 384-397.
  23. 1995 'The Lingering Death of Western Dualism', Proc. of the 16th Annual International Meeting of ANPA, ISBN 0952621509, pp. 117-121. Also 'The Language of Light Velocity', pp. 122-134.
  24. 1996 'The Two Aspects of Special Relativity', ANPA Newsletter, No. 16, p. 10. Also 'Empiricism and the Quantum', pp. 8-16.
  25. 1996 'Copenhagen, Yes or No?' Apeiron, Vol. 3, No.1, pp. 20-21.
  26. 1996 'A Philosophical Analysis of the Concept of Motion in Relation to Action-at-a-Distance', Apeiron, Special Issue, ed. M. W. Evans. (accepted but did not appear, due to a difference of opinion with editor).
  27. 1996 'A Response' (to M. W. Evans), Apeiron, '@ Issue' section, Vol. 3, No 3-4, pp. 124-125.
  28. 1996 'The Dogma of the Photon', in 'Philosophies', the Proceedings of the 17th Annual International Meeting of the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association, pp. 175-188.
  29. 1997, 'A Quantum-Digital Theory of Light', in The Present Status of the Quantum Theory of Light, Eds. Jeffers, Roy, Vigier and Hunter, (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands.)
  30. 1997 'Is ANPA an Altogether Non-Philosophical Association?' Newsletter 17 of the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association (ed. N.V. Pope) 12-14.
  31. 1997 'The Gateway to Paradox' and 'The Cinematic Model of Quantum Touching' in Mereologies, the Proceedings of the 18th International Meeting of the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association., 62-66, 134-135.
  32. 1998 'Shedding Light on Light' in Causality and Locality in Modern Physics, Eds. G. Hunter, et al,, Kluwer, Academic Publishers, Dordrecht NL, pp 187-194.
  33. 1998 'A Relativistic Quantum Phenomenology', Proceedings of the 5th International Conference; Problems of Space, Time and Motion, St. Petersburg, Russia. June, 1998.
  34. 1998 'Solving the "c" Conundrum of the Velocity of Light Relative to the Vacuum', Proceedings of the Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory, London, September 1998.
  35. 1999 'Newton is Dead, Long Live Newton', in Instantaneous Action-at-a-Distance in Modern Physics: Pro and Contra, Editors: A. E. Chubykalo, Viv Pope and R. Smirnov-Rueda, published by Nova Science. NY.
  36. 1999. 'The Complete Physics Heresy', Galilean Electrodynamics, ed. C. Kolb-Whitney, Mass. USA.
  37. 2000. 'Too Many Theories, Too Few Syntheses', Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory VII Proceedings, ed. M. C. Duffy.
  38. 2000. 'A Logical Reconciliation of Einstein and Newton or a Synthesis Relativity and Quantum Theory', Journal of New Energy, Ed. Hal Fox, Vol. 5, No. 1.
  39. 2001. 'An Angular Momentum Synthesis of Gravitational and Electrostatic Forces' in Physics as a Science Symposium Proceedings, publ. in Journal of New Energy, Vol. 5, No. 3.
  40. 2001. 'The Tantalising Two-Slit Experiment' in Recent Advances in Relativity Theory, Vol. 2.: Material Interpretations, Es. M. C. Duffy and M. Wegener, Hadronic Press, Florida, USA.
  41. 2001. 'Umbala: a Polemic Against Jargon Addiction in Modern Science', Proceedings of the 22nd annual International Meeting of the Alternative Natural Philosophy Association Ed. Arleta Griffor, publ by ANPA.
  42. Osborne , A. D. and Pope, N. V., 'An Angular Momentum Synthesis of "Gravitational" and "Electrostatic" Forces', Galilean Electrodynamics, Vol. 14, Special Issue 1, Spring 2003, pp. 9-19.
  43. 2008, A Critical Perspective on Modern Physics: a talk delivered at the PIRT Conference, Imperial College, London, UK Sept. 2008. 'NASA's Need of New Physics'.

Books

  • 1999 Instantaneous Action At A Distance in Modern Physics, Pro and Contra, Eds.: Andrew E Chubykalo, Viv Pope and Roman Smirnov-Rueda, Nova Science NY, USA.
  • 2005, Immediate Distant Action and Correlation in Modern Physics: Eds. N. Vivian Pope, Andrew E. Chubykalo and Alan F. T. Winfield, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, USA.
  • 2007, Light-Speed, Gravitation and Quantum Instantaneity, Anthony D. Osborne and N. Vivian Pope, phi Philosophical Enterprises, Swansea, UK. ISBN 0-9503790-6-9.
  • 2010 Wondering in the Wilderness, A. M. and N. V. Pope, phi, Swansea, ISBN 978-0-9505790-7-4.
  • 2010 God's Country, N. Vivian Pope, phi, Swansea, ISBN 978-0-9503790-8-5
  • 2011 A Critical Review of Contemporary Physics and Cosmology, Pope and Osborne, (to appear).

Journals Edited by Prof. Neville Vivian Pope



Name: ANPA Newsletter
Editors: Prof. Vivian Pope (Editor)
ISSN: 1358-2240
Status: Discontinued
Contact Name: Prof. Vivian Pope
Description: The Newsletter of the Alternative Natural Philosophy Alliance (ANPA).

Books by Prof. Neville Vivian Pope



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Immediate Distant Action and Correlation in Modern Physics: The Balanced Universe

by Prof. Vivian Pope (Editor), Dr. Anthony D. Osborne (Editor)

Pages: 306
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
Year: 2005
ISBN: 0773460640
ISBN: 978-0773460645

Websites: www.poams.org www.vivpope.co.uk www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=6464&pc=9
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Description

This book advances and extends the debate on unmediated instantaneous action and correlation at a distance. It is a coherent collection of contributions, by an international group of science scholars, resulting from a series of workshops held at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2001 and 2002. The editors of this book share a common view that action or correlation at a distance is simply a fact of nature. From that starting point, it offers a number of different arguments, analyses and theoretical perspectives. The book does not represent the end of the debate, but rather a beginning, which could lead to a new physics and a more accurate view of nature.

Chapters:

  1. Introduction 1
  2. What the Swansea Workshop Was About 5
  3. A Reiteration of Aims and Objectives (Viv Pope) 21
  4. Towards a Consensus (Anthony Osborne) 27
  5. A Tale of Two Paradigms (Viv Pope) 71
  6. The Evidence and Consequences of Newtonian Instantaneous Forces (Neal and Peter Graneau) 121
  7. A Perspective on Mach's Principle and the Consequent Discovery of Major New Phenomenology in Spiral Discs (David Roscoe) 169
  8. A Short Essay on Closed Systems, Hierarchy and Radiation (George Galeczki) 185
  9. The Pope-Osborne Angular Momentum Synthesis (Anthony Osborne) 199
  10. How to Get Something From Nothing (Peter Rowlands) 241
  11. Futher Developments 271
  12. General Conclusion 285
4 Book Abstracts

AbstractAuthor
A Short Essay on Closed Systems, Hierarchy and Radiation Dr. Georg Galeczki
The Evidence and Consequences of Newtonian Instantaneous Forces Dr. Neal Graneau, Dr. Peter Graneau
A Perspective on Mach's Principle and the Consequent Discovery of Major New Phenomenology in Spiral Discs Dr. David F. Roscoe
How to Get Something from Nothing Dr. Peter Rowlands


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Instantaneous Action at a Distance in Modern Physics: Pro and Contra

by Dr. Andrew E. Chubykalo (Editor), Prof. Vivian Pope (Editor), Prof. Roman Smirnov-Rueda (Editor)

Pages: 475
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Year: 1999
ISBN: 1560726989
ISBN: 978-1560726982

Websites: www.poams.org www.vivpope.co.uk
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Description

The so-far unanswered question of whether the movements of distance-separated objects are correlated in the way quantum physics requires or whether, according to Einstein, they can influence one another only by mechanical agencies travelling between them at speeds limited to that of light. It is to that still unanswered question that this present compilation of papers is addressed.

The editorial approach is unusual in that in order to break the current conceptual deadlock and to encourage true innovation they have solicited inputs which are multidisciplinary. This open-ended venture is therefore perhaps more in line with what was once called Natural Philosophy than with what is currently known as 'Physics'. This is something of a departure for those who say that Physics no longer has anything to do with Philosophy. For there are physicists who believe that their predecessors have accomplished all the really important conceptual work on interpreting natural phenomena, so that there is no longer any call for radical revision in that direction. This leads to a constricted form of the discipline in which the purpose of all observation and experimentation is seen as simply to collect more and more information and fit it to conceptions which are traditionally 'cut and dried'.

The emphasis is thus on presenting informed and carefully considered descriptions of natural phenomena, economizing as far as possible on interpretations in terms of entities which turn out to be no more than speculative.

4 Book Abstracts

AbstractAuthor
Physical Laws in Extended Systems Dr. Georg Galeczki
Arguments in Favour of Action at a Distance Prof. Andre K. T. Assis
Reconciliation of Newton With Mach Dr. Peter Graneau
Newton is Dead, Long Live Newton Prof. Vivian Pope


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Relativising Relativity

by Prof. Vivian Pope

Pages: 10
Publisher: Phi Philosophical Enterprises
Year: 1981
ISBN: 0950379034
ISBN: 978-0950379036

Websites: www.vivpope.co.uk
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Description

This booklet presents a unique derivation and interpretation of the famous gamma factor of Einsteinian time dilation and length contraction without the need for assumptions regarding light propagation "in vacuo".  Arguing from the interaction theses of Berkeley, Mach, and Poincare, Vivian Pope reaches his conclusions from two premises:

  1. "...objects and events are distributed in relation to one another in the reference field of... specific observer[s]..."
  2. "...objective or public space... is the logical and mathematical co-ordination of... private spaces, or perspectives..."

From these is developed a relativity principle fundamentally different from Einstein's and based upon the interactions between matter and matter, not matter and space.  With a new understanding of space itself, the mathematical relationship expressing "time dilation" becomes a matter of Pythagorean geometry in conventional, linear time.  As a side benefit, Pope also interprets "quantum indeterminacy" as a consequence of the "indeterminacy" of space itself.



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Philosophy: An Outline of the Discipline and its Sub-Disciplines

by Prof. Vivian Pope

Pages: 8
Publisher: Phi Philosophical Enterprises
Year: 1975
ISBN: 0950379018
ISBN: 978-0950379012
ISBN: 095037900X
ISBN: 978-0950379005

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Providing the insight of a dissident scientist on the larger questions of life, this booklet examines the meaning of philosophy, as opposed to technology, and provides an outline of its role in morals, politics, science, and logic.  Rather than "sheer, dispassionate, rational contemplation", Vivian Pope argues that philosophy "involves evaluation,... the wise selection of... information" for the "ultimate or long-term welfare of mankind, both as an individual and as a whole - which man... must secure for himself by proper exercise of his distinguishing natural faculty, reason." 



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The Eye of the Beholder: The Role of the Observer in Modern Physics

by Prof. Vivian Pope

Pages: 103
Publisher: Phi Philosophical Enterprises
Year: 2004
ISBN: 0950379050
ISBN: 978-0950379050

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A discussion on aspects of modern physics, the scientific conception of nature and the need to keep a watchful eye on the excessive theories of scientists so that an argument for a science based wholly on observation can be presented which will be available to both specialists and non-specialists alike.

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Light Speed, Gravitation and Quantum Instantaneity

by Dr. Anthony D. Osborne, Prof. Vivian Pope

KeyWords: gravity

Pages: 244
Publisher: Phi Philosophical Enterprises
Year: 2008
ISBN: 0950379069
ISBN: 978-0950379067

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This book proposes a new commonsense philosophical paradigm for modern physics, which provides a distinct approach to light-speed and gravitation, using rigorous mathematical proof. There is also a discussion chapter which examines the status of so-called, 'black holes', 'dark matter' and the 'red shift'.

Papers by Prof. Vivian Pope



The Pioneer Anomaly or a ?Dissident' Perspective on Modern Physics

(2008)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org


(5 pages)

2008, Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory XI, London, United Kingdom

Abstract:

This paper is a critique of the present state of Theoretical Physics and its flagrant departure from the constraints of commonsense logic. As a contrast to this, an example is provided of a simple, unified, solution of two allegedly separate physical anomalies which have so far defeated every attempt at explanation in terms of standard orthodox Physics. This is to the extent that a NASA spokesman has said that in  order to explain these anomalies, a whole ?new physics' might have to be contemplated.

These anomalies are the well-documented ?Pioneer anomaly' and the ?Missing Mass anomaly'. This paper counters conventional attempts at explanation in terms of intellectually elevated theories such as, for instance, those of ?cosmological expansion', ?dark matter', ?deviations from Einsteinian gravity' and so on. It also questions the Newtonian concept of an in vacuo ?gravitational force'.




An Angular Momentum Synthesis of Gravitational and Electrostatic Forces

(2000)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org
Journal of New Energy, Volume 5, No. 3, pp. 144-151

2000, Physics as a Science II, K?ln, Germany
Keywords: Angular Momentum, Gravity, Electrostatic Forces

Lookup: gravity (124), angular momentum (31), momentum (58), electrostatic (5), angular (35), forces (11)




NASA's Missing Spin: The Pioneer and Missing Mass Anomalies

(2009)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org



(6 pages)
Keywords: POAMS

Abstract:

Contains book reviews of Pope's The Eye of the Beholder, a Dangerous Book.




From Light in Space to Space in Light, the Complete Relativistic Revolution

(2004)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org



Journal of Theoretics, Volume 6, No. 1, (8 pages)
Keywords: speed of light, space-time, Mach

Lookup: mach (2), speed of light (35), space (104), time (100), light (157), speed (58)

Abstract:

This paper addresses, from a logical point of view, the conundrum of an observational relativism mediated by an ?absolute speed of light'. We reinterpret the space-time constant c in the way we feel Mach might have done in order to put Einstein's theory into its proper philosophical perspective.




Extraordinary Physics, or Is Modern Theoretical Physics Just a Teetering 'House of Cards'?

(2009)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org



(15 pages)

Abstract:

Like a house of cards, scientific theories depend on and support one another to the extent that those at the bottom of the pile cannot be disturbed without everything above them coming tumbling down. Such an edifice is what, in contexts of science, Thomas Kuhn called a ?paradigm'.




Breaking the Light Barrier to Scientific Progress

(2006)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org


(9 pages)

2006, Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory X, London, United Kingdom
Keywords: Light

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Abstract:

A logical analysis of the concept of ?light velocity' in relativity and quantum theory.

 




Is Relativity Quantized?

(1986)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org
Speculations in Science and Technology, Volume 9, No. 4, pp. 242
Keywords: Relativity

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A Critique of Modern Physics

(2008)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org



(9 pages)

2008, Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory XI, London, United Kingdom
Keywords: POAMS

Abstract:

This paper is a critique of the present state of Modern Theoretical Physics. There are two allegedly separate physical anomalies which have so far defeated every attempt at explanation in terms of current standard of physics. This is to the extent that a NASA spokesman has said that in order to explain these anomalies, a whole ?new physics' might need to be contemplated.




The Angular Momentum Aether

(2000)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org

2000, 7th Natural Philosophy Alliance Conference, Storrs, CT, United States
Keywords: Angular Momentum, Aether

Lookup: aether (102), angular momentum (31), momentum (58), angular (35)

Abstract:

Modem physics is split over the question of whether or not there is faster than light action-at-a-distance. Those who think there is are further split over whether this action-at-a-distance is 'pure' action-at-a-distance or is mediated by some sort of 'ether'. But since no-one has the faintest idea of what an 'ether' is, how can it be decided whether there is one or not?

What we do know is that freely moving bodies form holistically balanced systems of angular momentum in which the measured motion of every one body is linked with that of each and every other. Is this non-local interconnection to be called 'action-at-a-distance' or 'ether'? Does it matter? Can nature care whether we choose to think of that nexus as 'gravitational', 'inertial', 'electric', 'magnetic', 'electromagnetic' or whatever? What difference can it make so long as the observed linking of movements is properly accounted for.

We demonstrate that angular momentum, which is the observational common factor in all the different orbital motions is sufficient in itself to explain those motions without the usual theoretical elaborations supplied by the likes of Newton, Faraday, Coulomb, et al.




A Quantum-Digital Theory of Light

(1997)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org

The Present Status of the Quantum Theory of Light (Fundamental Theories of Physics)

Keywords: QuantumTheory, Light

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The Logical Redundancy of Einstein?s Second Postulate

(2004)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org

2004, Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory IX, Burnley, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Keywords: Special Relativity Postulates

Lookup: special relativity postulates (3), relativity (390), special (175), postulates (10)




Newton is Dead, Long Live Newton

(1999)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org

Instantaneous Action at a Distance in Modern Physics: Pro and Contra

Keywords: Instantaneous Action at a Distance, IAAD, Newton

Lookup: newton (32), iaad (4), instantaneous action at a distance (2), action (17), distance (13), instantaneous (4)




Orbital Time Dilation

(2008)

Dr. Anthony D. Osborne

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org
Galilean Electrodynamics, Volume 19, No. 2, pp. 23-29
Keywords: time dilation, Mach, Normal Realism, Minkowski, orbital motion, angular momentum, conservation, Newton, Einstein, Special Relativity, General Relativity, Schwarzschild, perihelion shift

Lookup: special relativity (125), einstein (54), newton (32), mach (2), general relativity (34), angular momentum (31), conservation (25), orbital motion (2), normal realism (2), schwarzschild (5), time dilation (19), minkowski (5), relativity (390), time (100), special (175), momentum (58), shift (15), motion (71), general (45), perihelion (20), angular (35), orbital (9), dilation (23), normal (2), realism (5)

Abstract:

The Pope-Osborne Angular Momentum Synthesis (POAMS) postulates that all motion is naturally orbital and that orbital angular momentum is holistically conserved. This paper demonstrates how the standard time dilation formula of Special Relativity, here obtained in a more economical way, can be incorporated into POAMS in order to predict orbital time dilation effects. These effects are the same as those predicted by General Relativity, but are obtained without reference to the Einstein field equations. It is also shown how the postulates of POAMS, together with these predicted orbital time dilation effects, can be used to derive what is effectively Schwarzschild space-time and hence the perihelion shift effect observed in the motion of planets.




A Neo-Phenomenalist Alternative to Special Relativity Theory

(2008)

Dr. Anthony D. Osborne

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org
Galilean Electrodynamics, Volume 19, No. 3, pp. 63-66

Abstract:

 It is difficult to find critical work about Einstein's Theory of Relativity in most standard physics journals. Galilean Electrodynamics, founded by the late Dr. Petr Beckmann in 1989, is a notable exception. Since Einstein's 1905 paper, Relativity has had many critics and although it is widely accepted today, there is still a minority who question the central tenets of Relativity Theory. Galilean Electrodynamics is devoted to publishing high quality scientific papers, refereed by professional scientists, that are critical of Special Relativity, General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Big Bang theory and other establishment doctrines.



An Angular Momentum Synthesis of ?Gravitational? and ?Electrostatic? Forces

(2003)

Dr. Anthony D. Osborne

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org
Galilean Electrodynamics, Volume 14, No. S1, pp. 9-19
Keywords: conservation, angular momentum, holistic, Newton, gravitation, orbital motion, Mach, normal realism, two-body, spin, kinetic energy, quantum, Bohr, charge, electrodynamic, field-forces

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Abstract:

We believe that in their first flushes of inspiration, what practical physicists such as Newton, Faraday and Coulomb conceived as in vacuo ?forces? of ?gravitation?, ?magnetism? and ?electrostatics? were not meant to be fixed-for-all-time philosophical statements as to what the world is or how it works. We think that these were no more than convenient working hypotheses as to how to deal practically with certain observational and experimental measures. Accordingly, we suggest that these postulated ?forces? of static interaction held responsible for the orbital motions of particles on the micro- as well as the macro-physical levels, may now usefully be replaced by a common factor, angular momentum, which is shown to be sufficient in itself to explain orbital motion. In doing this, we extend and clarify ideas encapsulated in our previous papers concerning angular momentum. This leads us to predict certain measurable physical effects associated with spinning bodies.



The Complete Physics Heresy

(1999)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org
Galilean Electrodynamics, Volume 10, No. S1, pp. 23-31
Keywords: quantum touching, action-at-a-distance, locality, non-locality, cinematic, kinematic, angular momentum, field-electrodynamics, Hubble redshift, expanding Universe, Big Bang

Lookup: big bang (23), locality (4), angular momentum (31), expanding universe (8), kinematic (4), action at a distance (2), field (99), universe (60), quantum (151), momentum (58), redshift (27), big (24), bang (23), expanding (21), electrodynamics (68), action (17), distance (13), angular (35), hubble (8)

Abstract:

The shift from Ptolemaic to modern, post-Copernican cosmology bears witness to the fact that a system of ideas that is bequeathed to us at any stage by the circumstances of history, no matter how prestigious and well-institutionalized it becomes, is not always, nor necessarily, the best there can ever be. The same applies to systems of thought, or paradigms, in physics. This paper argues the feasibility of a wholesale (in some cases, the long-awaited) paradigm shift from the customary analog conception of fundamental physics into a relativistic, quantum-digital mode. Such a shift offers a novel solution to the problem of how to unify the various 'field' concepts with which physics is historically encumbered. Since the common factor in all these concepts is that of angular momentum (orbital, spin, oscillatory or whatever), the logical solution to that problem of unification would be to dispense with those 'fields' entirely, in favor of an overall-conserved angular momentum nexus that fits, without further elaboration, the phenomena that those 'fields' have been traditionally invoked to explain. The fact that angular momentum is both non-local and quantized makes it the natural choice of datum in the recommended switch from the traditional analog paradigm of physics to a consistently digitalized alternative.

The same paradigm switch also introduces a novel way of deducing, from a 'Galilean' account of motion, the formula for relativistic time-dilation and, as a direct consequence, the Balmer Rydberg formula for spectral frequencies. This is in terms of proper-time-instantaneous action-at-a-distance instead of traditional 'electrodynamics'.




Extraordinary Physics, or Is Modern Theoretical Physics Just a Teetering 'House of Cards'?

(2011)

Prof. Vivian Pope
Llys Alaw, West End, Penclawdd,, Swansea., South Wales SA4 3YX, United Kingdom; vivpope@btinternet.com, +44 (01792) 850764, www.poams.org
(Absentia)



Proceedings of the NPA, Volume 8, pp. 451-460

2011, 18th Natural Philosophy Alliance Conference, College Park, MD, United States

Abstract:

Like a house of cards, scientific theories depend on and support one another, so that those at the base cannot be disturbed without everything above them falling down. Such an edifice is what, in contexts of science, Thomas Kuhn called a ?paradigm'. Many of those who use this term most familiarly, nowadays, are often unaware of what, in its Kuhnian context, a ?paradigm' really means. In the modern vernacular, an appropriate variant for this is, perhaps, ?mindset'. A typical example of this mindset is the manner of thinking about the world that was bequeathed to us by Galileo and Newton. So ingrained has this become in our Western cultural psyche that most members of our society cannot even contemplate thinking about the world in any other way. Having imbibed it ?with their mother's milk', as it were, they believe, implicitly, that this way of thinking into which they happened to have been born and educated represents the one and only true ?realism' there is, and that in comparison with it any other, radically different way of thinking is tantamount to lunacy. Consequently, when a different paradigm comes along, few people can cope with it. For example, when this classical-science paradigm of Galileo and Newton ? quaintly called ?Realism' ? was found to be flawed in some of its basic assumptions, namely, those of time, space and motion, this call for a whole change of paradigm, or ?new physics', could not be accommodated by those steeped in the old familiar ?realism'.

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