This is a book i stumbled on, and found it to be an amazing read. For a long time now i've held the idea that Robert Jordan could be more than just a fantasy writer. As most of you know he had degrees in physics, and is very well versed in how the world works. The more i learn about the world, the more i see Robert Jordan's ideas coming to life. Channeling might seem like a far-fetched possibility, but i see it as a challenge to be overcome. Imagine the beginning of a new Age of Legends becoming reality.
The book relies heavily on theoretical ideas in physics, but produces a lot of evidence to back up the claims. It can be sort of tough to read at some points, but I hope you can see a lot of the connections that i saw between it and the WoT.
The more relevant parts are chapters 3 and 4, but i would recommend reading from the beginning.
Just to sum things up a little bit so people can see what's been discussed so far and how it pertains to the WoT. Each topic is also a link to a page relevant to that area.
Quantum Mechanics / Quantum Chromodynamics
-Study of the strange behavior of the quantum world
-Quantum Entanglement and how it could apply to Traveling
-Schrodinger's Wave equation and how uncertainty could lead to the Aether physics model
The Quantum Brain / Neuroscience
-Brain occasionally signals something happening BEFORE it happens, an indication that a non-relativistic event occured
-May be the only way to explain the concept of the soul, an integral part of nearly every religion on earth, as well as the WoT
Special Relativity / E=MC2
-Matter is Energy
-Helps support the aether physics model
-All possibilities of what could happen, do happen, but not on our "plane" of 3D existance
-Related to the idea of the portal stones used in TGH, and mentioned throughout the series
Zero-Point Energy / Aether Physics
-An all pervading "substance", which gives rise to particles and energy through vibrations and propagations
-Uses the idea of a torus to explain the stability of the fundamental particles
-Was proposed by many ancient cultures as the source of life
-Evidence from QM and Relativity supports this theory
-Is so similar to the true-source that they could almost be one and the same
Edited by Tamyrlin1, 29 February 2012 - 06:22 PM.