Surfer dude comes up with ‘fabulous’ unified theory of everything

From The Daily Telegraph:

An impoverished surfer has drawn up a new theory of the universe, seen by some as the Holy Grail of physics, which as received rave reviews from scientists. Garrett Lisi, 39, has a doctorate but no university affiliation and spends most of the year surfing in Hawaii, where he has also been a hiking guide and bridge builder (when he slept in a jungle yurt). In winter, he heads to the mountains near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where he snowboards. “Being poor sucks,” Lisi says. “It’s hard to figure out the secrets of the universe when you’re trying to figure out where you and your girlfriend are going to sleep next month.”

“Although he cultivates a bit of a surfer-guy image its clear he has put enormous effort and time into working the complexities of this structure out over several years,” says Prof. Lee Smolin at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Smolin describes Lisi’s work as “fabulous.” “It is one of the most compelling unification models I’ve seen in many, many years.”

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