10th September 2006 - 05:18 PM
Things really are a bit slow on the Heim Theory front. I'm personally starving
for some new reading material, particularly something for the layman, giving
some more insight into the thinking behind the mass formulas. I suspect
that some of the German-only material at the Heim Theory site would be
interesting. I've started translating the presentation that Heim did for MBB
It's a bit of work, since cutting and pasting out of the PDF gives nothing
useful - I've settled for copy-typing the original German. If anybody knows
where there is an English-language translation of this already, please let me
know - I'm dying to know how it turns out, and my current approach is
It's kind of fun, using automated translation tools, then writing an
English-language interpretation of the result. It's almost like digging up
nuggets of Heim's thought process. I spend a few minutes at a time, typing
a paragraph, then interpreting it, so that it does not seem like an
over-whelming task. It's more like a 5-minute treat, as time allows.
Perhaps some others would like to share in the fun. Here's a link to the
first 23 pages (Sections 1-3), showing the original German, the machine
translation and then my interpretation in bold-face type.Heim Translation
I've continued with page 24, and I'll post the results to the same site
as sections are completed. If you'd like to join in, just pick a page a bit
further on, then post a message here saying what you're doing so we don't
over-lap too much.
If you want, I'll host the results on my site to make it easier for
others to access. Just email me at email@example.com - It may be
a few days before I can get to it, but I try to catch up on weekends.
I'm not a physicist or mathematician, so I could use some help with the
translation. So far it is mostly conceptual, so this isn't too big a
problem. I also have never even heard German, except at the movies, so comments, criticism and correction are all welcome - either here or by email.