WILLIAM A. TILLER
Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering
Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-2205
and Human Transformation: Subtle Energies, Intentionality and Consciousness
(Pavior Publishing, 1997).
Review by David Joffe in ISSSEEM Magazine:
The book "Science and Human Transformation" by William A. Tiller, Ph.D. is a monumental work in concept, if not in size. It is a brilliant work in the tradition of such other great works of synthesis as Kepler's Mysterium Cosmographicum.
William A. Tiller, a leading scientist, now retired, taught and studied the structure of matter at Stanford University, where he was a professor for over 30 years at the Department of Materials Science. Dr. Tiller presents us with no less than his grand unified Theory of Everything. Unlike most other Theories of Everything, which are actually quite restrictive in that they assume that everything can be derived from some limited set of physical principles, but the actual details are left for future generations to elucidate, Dr. Tiller actually delivers the goods.
Dr. Tiller tackles an amazingly broad range of phenomena from the outset. Like KepIer who unified an incredible amount of seemingly chaotic and unrelated data into a number of simple but beautiful and powerful principles. Dr. Tiller also brings an aesthetic harmonious sense of wholeness and simplification, but not trivialization, to a vast array of seemingly disparate facts. If Dr. Tiller has not yet mapped the unknown terrain, he has provided us with some new navigational principles in the form of a number of startlingly innovative models and an elegant mathematical transform, which may guide us on our journey into the unknown. From antennas to acupuncture, psychic phenomena to dowsing, the heart to holographic theory, subtle energies to energy medicine, Tiller dives deep beneath superficial differences and finds unity in diverse phenomena.
Dr. Tiller writes clearly, in the style of an experienced and confident teacher who has great patience and affection for his students. But in spite of Dr. Tiller's assurances to the contrary, this book is not an easy book in the sense that the reader would have to have an unusually broad scientific education to grasp this work in its entirety. But like those new pictures from the Hubble telescope in which even small dark areas of the universe explode into complexity when examined in detail, readers will come away vastly enriched, even if they focus on only a small part of Tiller's theory at each reading.
At the heart of Science and Human Transformation is an astonishingly beautiful new mathematical transform, which although unnamed by the author may someday be known as the Tiller Transform. It is unusual in its clarity and universal applicability, and it is a rarity in that it immediately suggests many practical experiments by which Tiller's theories can either be proven or disproven. It could be that the Tiller Transform might some day allow for the conceptual unification of vast areas of subtle and physical phenomena. But his transform can also be applied to far less ambitious problems today, and the first verifications may not be that far in the future. The Tiller Transform is a synthesis of at least two very important scientific ideas. First it is an evolution of a type of transform originated by Fourier and used by every physicist and engineer today. Second it incorporates a program started by Riemann and Einstein and continued to this day by those working on 20 dimensional String Theory. This involves the addition of new mathematical dimensions to successfully model the universe. But through an elegant mathematical sleight of hand, Dr. Tiller has put the brakes on runaway dimensional inflation and an important subset of his model can be expressed in just 4 conjugate dimensions.
When Descartes assigned pairs of numbers to a 2 dimensional grid. He unified algebra and geometry, which were until that time seen as completely unrelated. Dr. Tiller accomplishes something similar by postulating an n-dimensional mathematical lattice in which correspondences between subtle energy and physical phenomena may be seen for the first time. And this is really what sets this work apart from so many other Theories of Everything. No matter how wild some of Dr. Tiller's speculations may seem, he has constructed his fantastic edifice upon the most solid of foundations, that being basic theories of matter and electrodynamics, expressed in a relatively simple mathematical language. If we follow the train of Tiller's thinking, then we are inescapably led to seriously consider his conclusions.
The title "Science and Human Transformation" reveals from the outset Dr. Tiller's broader agenda. He doesn't simply want less than a Science with Heart. He seems to be saying that without incorporating the spiritual dimension into scientific practice, then our models will forever remain sterile and only able to account for the most mundane and materialistic aspects of existence. And then he shows us how to do it. Dr. Tiller builds upon the growing realization in physics that we cannot escape the implications of quantum physics. The old "objectivity" which sought to keep the experimenter and his experiment separate is seen now as a fundamental misunderstanding of how the universe works. But Tiller shows for the first rime how to mathematically incorporate consciousness from the start. This may he the breakthrough which we have all been waiting for.
It is impossible to convey the true scope of this work in a short review. Suffice it to say that by the end of "Science and Human Transformation", we have not only encountered a set of new and exciting models and tools, but we have also met an extraordinary mind. We come away greatly enriched by both.