Date: 25 Jan 2016
Headline: Republicans Pummel Beautiful Mind
Darrell Issa and cohorts used a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to disparage a meek professor from Bablock College. Professor Robert Greendan teaches philosophy and physics at Bablock University. The Cinema Blend website compared him to Russell Crowe’s portrayal of John Nash in “A Beautiful Mind”: half as handsome, twice as doddering.
The rough-up occurred as Republicans on the committee sought to discredit Democratic appointees to the National Science Foundation. Last year, the NSF gave $224,000 to Bablock to produce teaching materials to promote Greendan’s theory of “distance carriers”. The materials will include text and video that will be available to students world-wide via a massive open online course.
Greendan proposes that distance is not independent from mass and time, rather the three are confounded via energy. He contends that distance within the nucleus of an atom is different than distance between the nucleus and electrons, which is different than distance beyond a nucleus and its electrons. If his theory is correct, it could reconcile differences between quantum theory and Einstein’s’ theory of relativity. The two are currently incompatible.
Elijah Cummings and other Democrats on the committee attempted to provide cover for professor Greendan but stumbled when they tried to defend Greendan’s theory rather than explaining the purpose of the grant. Greendan appeared nervous and was fidgeting during both the defense and attacks.