|Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002
No, I have not worked with the scientist you mentioned, and so am unfamiliar with his work.
Understand, there are several different ways to approach modeling the area. Any model that gets beyond the present more limited electrodynamic model is going to be useful. There is never any such thing as a "perfect" model! All models have innate assumptions, whether stated or not. Sometimes we call these "built-in assumptions that are accepted and never to be questioned" axioms. So what really happens is that a good model will be able to deal with phenomena that obey its axiomatic assumptions. When phenomenology is encountered that is outside those axiomatic assumptions, the model will fail or prove inadequate. That's one of the things that experiment determines: how well-fitting (or ill-fitting) one's model is, for a given phenomenology.
So all models are just intermediate steps toward ever better models.
Any researcher using a more advanced model is doing useful work, if done carefully, because he will be able to then deal with and explain some phenomena that the older model cannot explain. That is one way that science advances.
What does Tom think of the electric Universe?