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Does the theory of everything look like a exceptionally beautiful multidimensional polyhedron with 248 corners? Plus a better way to make human stem cells

By Philip Ball   January 2008

A surfer’s theory of everything

Just when you thought that The Dancing Wu Li Masters and The Tao of Physics had finally been left in the 1970s, along comes a surfer living on the Hawaiian island of Maui who claims to have a “simple theory of everything” that shows that the universe is an “exceptionally beautiful shape.” Garrett Lisi has a physics PhD but no university affiliation, and lists his three most important things as physics, love and surfing (not in that order).

But Lisi is no semi-mystic drawing charming but unedifying analogies. He is being taken seriously by…

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