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• Quantum electrodynamics from strands

• Gravitation from strands

• The standard model from strands

• Cosmology from strands

• Background

• Volume VI of Motion Mountain

### A conjecture on the complete description of nature

When we look at the starry sky, we admire the vast space, the coloured twinkling stars, and the deep blackness. The strand conjecture proposes an explanation for their origin, their properties and their motion. The foundations of what we find around us – particles, space, horizons and colours of everything we see – are explained.

**Unification.** The paper argues that all of modern physics
arises, directly and inevitably, from the Planck scale. It was published in
*Physics of Particles and Nuclei,* volume 50 (2019) pages 259-299,
https://dx.doi.org/10.1134/S1063779619030055.

More pedagogical
introductions to the strand conjecture are found below in the preprints on
quantum electrodynamics and on the standard model.

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**Tests.** The paper and the following preprints
about the strand conjecture provide numerous experimental predictions and
tests. They cover electric dipole moments, Planck limits, parity violation, additional
elementary particles, graviton detection, torsion, new forces,
supersymmetry, grand unification, anomalous magnetic moments, glueballs,
scalar mesons, neutrino masses, numerous effects beyond the standard model, and dark
matter. A detailed list of tests is given on this page.

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**Naming.** When is a theory about fundamental physics "of
everything" or "unified"? Of course, any such theory has to agree with all
observations, experiments and measurements. Of course, such a theory has
to agree with quantum field theory, the standard model, general relativity
and cosmology – at least under usual experimental conditions. And of
course, such a theory has to make testable predictions. But above all,
such a theory must explain what is unexplained so far. This includes
explaining the particle spectrum and the four interactions, explaining the
mass values and mixing angles of all elementary particles, and explaining
the value of the coupling constants of the three gauge interactions, ab
initio. If your favourite physics theory does not, it is neither "of
everything" nor "unified". The strand conjecture is.

### Quantum electrodynamics from strands

Extension 1. This preprint tells how strands induce electricity, magnetism and optics.

**Colours and beauty.** The strand conjecture
shows how the tangle model leads to quantum electrodynamics. Numerous
tests for the conjecture are given. In addition, the strand conjecture
appears to allow approaching two old challenges: how to calculate the fine
structure constant and how to calculate the lepton masses – both from
first principles. The preprint uses the tangle model of particle to deduce
estimates, as well as tests of the conjecture. The fine structure constant
1/137.036(1) and the lepton masses, in particular the electron mass, are
the ingredients that determine all colours, tastes, smells, sounds and most
shapes around us. In other words: it is argued that tangles of strands
generate all beauty in nature.

### Gravitation from strands

Extension 2. This preprint tells how strands induce gravity – with predictions and experimental tests.

**50 000 solar masses per second.** Strands
provide a microscopic model for space and horizons. This allows to derive
the field equations of general relativity. In addition, a complete list of
*over seventy tests* of the strand conjecture in the domain of gravitation
are deduced – all from a single principle.
All tests agree with observations so far.

For example, strands confirm that gravitation – like
nature itself – has a mass to length limit c^{2}/4G, a mass
flow limit c^{3}/4G, a momentum flow or force limit
c^{4}/4G and a luminosity or power limit c^{5}/4G.
The limits are given
by one quarter Planck mass per Planck time, or 50 756 solar masses per
second (times c^{-1},
times c or times c^{2}). No observation ever exceeded or even
reached these limits. But above all, strands explain the gravitational mass
of elementary particles and provides upper and lower limits for the
mass values.

Any complete description of nature has to be *strange*. To satisfy
this requirement, the following animation, made by Jason Hise, shows how black hole
rotation is modelled in the strand conjecture. With a bit of imagination
you can determine the location of the ergosphere.

### The standard model from strands

Extension 3. This preprint will make you enjoy the standard model.

**Simplicity, unity, elegance.**
It is regularly claimed that the standard model is complex, incomplete or
even ugly. The strand conjecture argues the exact opposite: *all* of
particle physics is due to tangled strands fluctuating at the Planck scale.
A *single* fundamental process appears to explain the principle of
least action, the observed interactions and their symmetry groups, the
observed elementary particle spectrum, and the constants describing them.
Over *one hundred* tests and predictions about particle physics
beyond the standard model are given. They agree with all experiments.
*And so far, it appears that no other approach in the research literature
makes any of these predictions.* An additional aspect is noteworthy.
*No questions in the standard model of particle physics remain
unanswered.* In short, the explanation of the standard model using
strands is almost incredibly simple, consistent, correct, surprisingly hard
to vary, truly beautiful, and, above all, complete.

### Cosmology from strands

A preprint on cosmology will appear here in future, to complete the
topic. In the strand conjecture, the universe consists of a single closed strand
that forms the cosmological horizon and also the particles and the space inside it.
Over time, this strand gets more and more tangled.
This description reproduces usual cosmology and leads to numerous tests and
predictions. A few ones beforehand: the universe expands;
nothing – no matter, no radiation and no space – exists
beyond the cosmological horizon; the luminosity of the universe is always
limited by c^{5}/4G; dark matter is made of known matter or black
holes or both; the cosmological constant cannot be negative; dark energy is
not due to unknown or additional fields; inflation did not occur;
there is no bouncing universe; there is just *one* universe.

### Background

**Technicalities.** The strand conjecture
reproduces the Lagrangians of the standard model and general relativity,
explains the number of generations and the particle spectrum,
deduces all Feynman diagrams and propagators,
explains the gauge groups U(1), SU(2) and SU(3),
explains the fundamental constants ab initio,
solves the hierarchy problem,
explains neutrino masses without a see-saw mechanism,
solves the strong CP problem,
predicts the validity of the standard model and of general relativity
up to the Planck scale without any intermediate energy scale,
implies that the weak interaction violates parity maximally,
explains the equality of proton and positron charge,
has no problems with anomalies,
predicts no issues with baryogenesis,
has no grand unification,
has no supersymmetry,
has no additional spatial dimensions,
has no inflation, no inflaton and no dilaton,
solves a number of black hole and singularity issues,
implies gravitational waves,
has no dark matter particles,
has a naturally small, if not vanishing cosmological constant,
solves various problems about gauge theories,
answers Hilbert's sixth problem,
and explains the principle of least action.

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**Particle tangles.**
Images of the three conjectured neutrino tangles:

Note the similarity of the electron neutrino tangle with three loose
strands. This is one reason for its low mass value.

Images of the conjectured tangles for the electron, the muon and the tau:

These tangles, together with the quark tangles and the elementary boson
tangles, appear to reproduce all Feynman diagrams of the standard model.
(Can you help producing 3d pictures that can be rotated by a html viewer?)

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**Betting.** The description with strands is called a
*conjecture* throughout. But in fact, it is more than that: the
strand conjecture is a ** bet** on the correct
description of nature. The precise formulation of the bet is given here. Any challenge of the "bet"
that supports our tiny non-profit will be considered.

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**Objections.**
It is hard to get accustomed to the idea that every particle has tethers.
Feel free to contribute issues, criticisms or suggestions to the wiki found
at sites.google.com/site/motionmountainsuggestions or
send them via email to christoph@motionmountain.net.

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**Blog.**
The blog on research about fundamental physics
and tangles of strands tells more about general ideas, past mistakes,
encountered difficulties, and more.

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**Motivation.**
An important motivation has always
been the support for the ailing T-shirt industry.

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**On gravitation,** see also this paper: C. Schiller,
General relativity and cosmology derived from principle of maximum power or
force, International Journal of Theoretical Physics, vol. 44 (2005) pp.
1629-1647.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10773-005-4835-2.

### Volume VI of Motion Mountain

**History.** A more extensive, more passionate, but also
older and less precise presentation is the original text on the strand
model. It was written as a *research* volume that continues the
adventure of the five *textbook* volumes. The first tangle
assignments for the Higgs, for the gluons and for leptons appear to have
been *wrong*. The present edition has been updated with most results
from the above preprints, but it also mentions the errors of the past:

Here is a preview of the research volume:

It can also be found at https://www.scribd.com/document/11598480.