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Osbourne Reynolds: The Sub-mechanics of the Universe

  1. Jul 28, 2009 #1
    Osbourne Reynolds: "The Sub-mechanics of the Universe"

    While reading a very interesting article/lecture called http://jilawww.colorado.edu/perkinsgroup/Purcell_life_at_low_reynolds_number.pdf, there was a reference to a publication by Osbourne Reynolds called The Sub-mechanics of the Universe. The author/speaker says "[Reynolds] published a very long paper on the details of the sub mechanical universe , and he had a complete theory which involved small particles of diameter 10^{-18} cm. It gets very nutty from there on."

    https://www.amazon.com/sub-mechanics-universe-Osborne-Reynolds-Society/dp/1418181897, with a preview of some of the text. It is indeed very nutty, but also very interesting. Can anyone shed some light on this? Is there validity to this paper? Is it intended to be a model of the sub-mechanical universe rather than an explanation?
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  3. Aug 26, 2009 #2
    Re: Osbourne Reynolds: "The Sub-mechanics of the Universe"


    I really thought this would get a few responses, so i figured i'd give it another chance.
  4. Aug 27, 2009 #3

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    Re: Osbourne Reynolds: "The Sub-mechanics of the Universe"

    Nobody is going to buy the book, or even read dozens of pages, particularly when it's described as "nutty".
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