John Templeton Foundation grant
John Moffat has been awarded a three-year John Templeton Foundation grant to
pursue four major areas of research. The $222,000 Core Grant in Physics and
Mathematics began in January 2012. A description of the project, entitled
"Fundamental Problems in Gravity, Particle Physics and Cosmology", is
contained in the executive summary of Moffat's project proposal:
"This is a four-pronged project involving major fundamental questions in
physics today. I am requesting support that will allow me to continue my
research into gravitation, quantum field theory and quantum gravity, particle
physics and cosmology. Much of the grant money would be used to hire
postdoctoral fellows to help further this research, and to provide travel
research funds for myself and collaborators. I have been developing
alternative models to the established physics paradigms: modified gravity
(MOG) without dark matter, an alternative particle physics theory that does
not have a Higgs particle, a quantum gravity theory that eliminates the
problematical singularities in black holes and at the beginning of the
universe, and an inhomogeneous cosmology that explains the apparent
acceleration of the universe without any dark energy. Astronomical and
cosmological experiments now underway could verify my gravity work. In
addition, I am making predictions in my particle physics theory that can be
tested at the LHC and [other accelerators]. The activities of the project
include at least 5 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, at least 8
talks at conferences and other venues, a dedicated workshop on particle
physics experimental results to be held at the Perimeter Institute and a
popular physics book published by Oxford University Press. As for the
enduring impact of the project, if even one of my alternative models turns
out to be correct, this would have far-reaching consequences for the future
of physics and for human society in general, as it would change basic
assumptions about nature." |