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Need help deciding what to do

  1. May 21, 2010 #1
    I'm a guy who is really an aspiring fiction writer, but right now i may have stumbled upon serious stuff that may explain what caused the 'Big bang', how mass and gravity is produced, why the annihilation of matter and anti-matter produces photons, and more that may explain even dark matter. I have spent months working on this, and i have written down a nearly complete paper that also has some math in it as support.

    Now my problem is how to get it published, because i really have no credentials, nor do i have a physics professor to oversee my work since i didn't take a physics class this semester.
    Closest to best option for me right now would be to take a physics class next sem, but due to personal circumstances i only have less than 2 months to do something. So what i feel would be the next best thing to do is to find a publisher that would give me a higher chance of getting published without my credentials. Anyone have better ideas? or suggestions? I know its hard to take seriously an aspiring fiction writer who claims to have something 'Big', but i would really appreciate efforts to lead me to the right direction.
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  3. May 21, 2010 #2


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    You don't need any credentials to publish. You just need to have an idea, support it, cite previous work, and not make any big errors that an editor or referee might catch. If you're at a university, great - go talk to a professor. It doesn't matter if you didn't take a class with them, just see when they have office hours or stop by and ask if they have a few minutes to spare. If they don't have time, try someone else.

    Yes, it is a bit hard to think you've discovered something big on your own - we hear a lot of that, on here and in unsolicited mailings from people with similar ideas. The best thing to do is to sit down and talk to a professor about your ideas; if you haven't taken much physics or astronomy, there's a good chance your ideas have been considered before and are either already accepted or thrown out due to evidence against them. Trying to explain so many things with a single idea is a big indicator that you're missing something. Remember, new ideas only replace the old if they do a better job of explaining everything than the old ideas. And you need to know what's already been done in the field to add anything new to it; that's why grad students usually have spent 8+ years working in the field before making new contributions of their own design, not a few months.
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