Bad Labrador writes: "Slashdot readers may remember an article and a powerpoint presentation delivered by Alexander Franklin Mayer last year entitled "The Many Directions of Time". In it, he postulates a slight modification to General Relativity, actually correcting an error Einstein apparently made.
According to Mayer, correcting this error accounts for a large number of "anomalies" in observations, including a small but persistent error in GPS locations, the apparent acceleration and deacceleration of the Voyager spacecraft and so on.
The blockbusting part is when the change is applied to cosmology — according to Mayer, the expanding universe, the Hubble constant and the "big Bang" theory are no more. They are artefacts of his discovery — gravitational transverse red shift. The Universe is not expanding.
The book is freely available for download at http://afmayer.net/index.html
Kibbles5757 writes: "Independent scientist James McCanney has solved the prime number problem using a rigorous 7-part mathematical proof. The proof includes six of the main properties of prime numbers: symmetry, reciprocity, closure (using the operation of addition) and the infinite wavelike nature of prime numbers. Seven pieces of the puzzle had to be put together in an intricate, interwoven pattern. These provided the solution to directly calculate the prime numbers. McCanney claims that only the most sophisticated mathematicians will be able to pick up the rigorous proof and understand it on first reading. He says there is an overall pattern to the prime numbers and that the prime numbers are not random. They are in fact extremely orderly; one just has to find that order, an order that is "locked in the numbers".