It's interesting from recent posts on Dr Woit's weblog, to see that people attack a clearly expressed idea which uses widely familiar physics algebra - capable of being understood by everyone - as simply not being sophisticated. Unfortunately, I see that Dr Woit has now deleted both Dr Chris Oakley's daft comment and my humorous reply!

Let's apply his argument to Newton's

*Principia*of 1687, which expressed gravity using Euclid style geometry which had been developed in 300 BC.

Because Newton does not use calculus, Dr Oakley would presume - I guess if he is consistent - that this fact 'proves' Newton was ignorant of calculus and was a crackpot for using geometry. Whoops! Newton was

*actually one of the developers of calculus!*

What you have to do when you have a radical development is to maximise understanding by expressing it with the most

*familiar*means possible.

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