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Posted by Alexander on January 25, 2001 01:57:30 UTC

This is a message to John Reyes (one more string up).

About gravitons and gravitational waves. To understand the scale of the effect to be detected, consider the following: when someone walks or shakes, he or she radiates about 10^-55 watt (!) of gravitational waves. This is about 10^45 times LESS than the power of radiation of a SINGLE electron in a transition in a SINGLE atom. Of course, graviton detectors "listen" for much more powerfull events than somebody walking across the street. But even those spiraling into each other black holes or neutron stars whose brief gravitational signature we hope to detect are so far from us that almost nothing reaches our detectors from that deep space.

So, please do not say "who has managed to find the graviton, who has managed to detect a gravitational wave?" BEFORE you understand the scale of the phenomena, and how difficult is to detect such extremely minor signals. Just respect those who works late nights for modest salary to design such detectors and to fight endless sources of noises. As well as those who struggle to create mathematically consistent theory of quantum gravity (also often during long nights, because during days they have to teach basic physics to the mostly having no clue fellas).

"...and who has managed to unite gravity with the fundamental forces to explain to the world the grand unified theory..."

In order to argue about physics, first you should KNOW the subject you are talking about.

So, go ahead, show us you math about how you "attack the laws of physics" and we'll talk physics then.

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