The author, born in March 1925, began his career as a scientific officer at the National Gas Turbine Establishment, Whetstone Leicester, where he was involved with the emerging technology of jet engines. But at the time his real love was for an invention he originated as a student in the period 1941 to 1946. He ultimately called it a "Gas Wave Turbine" because it used intense pressure waves.
He left to restart its development as a private venture and after three years of single-handed effort made one to work. Then as a result of support given by Dr. G.B.R. Feilden FRS, a full size prototype was built. This surprised everybody by starting at the very first attempt to whisk up to full speed. Unfortunately the supporting firm, Ruston and Hornsby Ltd., ran into financial difficulties so the project had to be abandoned. A paper presented at Rolls Royce premises, Derby, won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers graduates prize for the year, but this is all the effort achieved.
He transferred to a firm in Gloucester where he carried out research on turbochargers for large marine diesel engines in collaboration with the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, led by Professor
As a result he then transferred to academic life about 1962 under Professor Horlock, head of the School of Engineering Science at Liverpool. Then a few years later he transferred to the University of Bath. Subsequently he was invited by the now Vice Chancellor J.H. Horlock of the Open University, to write a chapter about the engine and associated pressure exchangers for the Memorial volumes being prepared in honour of the late Professor Benson.
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In 1977 he attempted to launch an expedition to try out the idea of a new kind of marine energy farm. This is touched upon in this book because it combines with proposed applications of the new theory to help solve the developing global problem. The author was assisted by E. Marsden in the attempt to generate enthusiasm for raising the necessary funds. It took the form of displays at two separate international "Energy Show" exhibitions. The required funding did not materialise, however, although a minor Canadian project resulted which aimed to assist in waterweed control of inland lakes and waterways.
Then in 1984 the author's first invention came up again unexpectedly. Others had re-invented the same idea but had not succeeded in making an engine which worked. A "Wave Rotor Workshop" was organised by Dr. R.P. Shreeve at Monterey, for bringing expertise together in an attempt to resolve the difficulties. The way the design problems had been solved in the old engine were described in two papers presented at this conference. As a result, a keen interest was expressed by Dr. G. Walters, head of new engine projects at Pratt and Whitney. Then other approaches came from Canada. A Canadian funded project emerged, assisted by the expertise of Pratt and Whitney and the link-up was finalised on the very day the space-shuttle "Challenger" blew up it happened during the flight from Vancouver to Florida. Was this an ill omen?
Subsequently the author was invited to emigrate to Canada to restart development. Nine million Canadian dollars were promised from a new "Tax Credit Scheme" to finance design and development.
Six months after resigning his post in 1985 and before actually setting foot in Canada, disaster struck. The entire scheme was cancelled since it had in general attracted the wrong kind of applicant, with the result that 4,000 million dollars of Canadian taxpayer's money had to be written off! So forced early retirement allowed time for other things.
The author had already become interested in physics as a result of publications about the "Big Bang" theory of creation. Some aspects looked wrong. The still unpublished article to which Professor vigier referred, in the letter quoted in "Acknowledgements", was a critique of Tryon(123). In 1984 Professor Tryon described how physicists were invoking "negative gravitational potential energy" to balance the positive mass-energy of all matter in the universe so that everything could arise from nothing. Then he discussed the "negative pressure of the vacuum". Both arguments lead to incorrect predictions, as will be shown.
They were also concepts totally at variance with the author's understanding. He had the advantage of a different background. This was based on Newtonian physics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. So he was able to look at the problem from a new angle, by extending Newtonian physics. These were the triggers which led to the study summarised in this book. As will be shown, a simple solution emerged, easy to understand and visualise in comparison with established physics. The reader can judge its success by its freedom from the numerous internal contradictions which still be-devil the established approach.
The connection with spirituality arose as a natural consequence of the new theory. A new explanation of the phenomenon of "wave-particle duality" needed to be incorporated. The combination threw new light on what up to now has been termed the "paranormal", bringing it within the scope of physics. As a result the author abandoned his previous atheistic convictions.
This book is the end result!