RECIPROCAL SYSTEM DATABASE Status Report: An Aperiodic Blog

December 8, 2011

Dewey B. Larson–The Former Wikipedia Article

Filed under: Science — transpower @ 7:38 am

 Dewey Bernard Larson (November 1, 1898(1898-11-01); McCanna, North Dakota – May 25, 1990 (aged 91); Portland, Oregon) was an American engineer and the originator of the Reciprocal System of physical theory (or Reciprocal System for short), a comprehensive theoretical framework, or Theory of Everything, claimed to be capable of explaining all physical phenomena from subatomic particles to galactic clusters. In this general physical theory space and time are simply the two reciprocal aspects of the sole constituent of the universe – motion. Unique aspects of the theory are that both matter and energy are represented mathematically as greater than or less than unity (t/s or s/t), and three dimensions of time, reciprocals of the three dimensions of space. All physical phenomena are reduced to space-time terms. Larson’s works on theoretical physics include The Structure of the Physical Universe (1959), The Case Against the Nuclear Atom (1963), Beyond Newton (1964), New Light on Space and Time (1965), Quasars and Pulsars (1971), Nothing But Motion (1979), The Neglected Facts of Science (1982), The Universe of Motion (1984), and Basic Properties of Matter (1988). All of these are still in print, and available from, except for the 1959 book.

An introduction and summary of the Reciprocal System is given in The Unmysterious Universe (1971), by Dr. Ronald W. Satz. This work is also still in print and available from Dr. Satz is currently working on a comprehensive database of Reciprocal System calculations. The philosopher Samuel Alexander asked the question “How far a science of order could be founded on this bare conception of ordered parts of Space-Time I do not know. …” but Larson was inspired to make it his life’s major work to attempt to find out. Larson’s Reciprocal System is the first truly unified theory and the first general theory.

 From just two general postulates, Larson has derived an all-embracing theoretical universe, answering simply and reasonably such questions as:

What is the fundamental component of the universe?

Why is the universe expanding?

Why does light behave sometimes as a particle and sometimes as a wave?

 How do electrons and positrons annihilate one another to produce photons?

What holds the “parts” of an atom together?

What is the origin and nature of gravitation?

 What is the origin of supernovae, white dwarfs, red giants, pulsars, and solar systems?

 What is the connection between exploding galaxies and quasars?

 What is the origin of the cosmic rays?

 Is the universe finite or infinite?

 Is the universe in a steady-state, or is it evolving?

 The Reciprocal System is in competition with the “standard particle model” of conventional theoretical physics and also with “string theory.” Larson also wrote on economic policy and theory.



  1. Noticed that the Dewey Larson entry had been deleted a while back and looked up the editorial comments. One of the proponents of its deletion suggested that it should deleted because a) there were no recent edits and b) he disagreed with the theories. (Paraphrased; I forget the exact wording.)

    On that basis, we should review Newton’s entry, as he is also deceased and probably doesn’t have recent edits, plus his gravitational constant is known to be flaky.

    Comment by Ken — January 28, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    • Good comment Ken. I have just come across his name as I have started to read “The Law of One”. Some may also comment that this is a flaky read. LOL

      Comment by Dallas — January 31, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    • Ha, that’s a good point. I guess the real goal was to effectively write him out of the history books for whatever reasons. I’m looking up that book and studying it out of spite.

      Comment by anonymous_engineer — January 31, 2013 @ 8:03 am

  2. But I link to the above article on Larson in my Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mercan English:

    Comment by Mike Jones — December 2, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

  3. I was guided to Dewey Larson’s work “Nothing But Motion” by my good friend, the late George Frey, who was close friend of Jack Parsons, both engineers and space scientists. Given the intellectual caliber of these three names, there should be no wonder as to why there are so few comments posted. While I have two doctorates and am an honors graduate in philosophy, “Nothing But Motion” challenges my elevated IQ. Now that Hollywood has hijacked the term, “Theory of Everything”, originated by Larson, and ascribed it to the 2015 movie of a lesser but more popular theorist Stephen Hawking, the name and work of Dewey Larson will be pushed further into obscurity. According to Frey, Hawking’s theory of the universe doesn’t hold water and Larson’s theory, although divisive among space scientists today, will prove to be the breakthrough model of future scientific revolutions. – Dr. John Conca (January 27, 2015)

    Comment by Dr John Conca — January 28, 2015 @ 1:08 am

    • Thanks very much for your comment, Dr. Conca. If you like Nothing But Motion and The Basic Properties of Matter, I think you will enjoy using The Reciprocal System: Microcosmos Database. This software program makes it easy to apply the theory! It is the world’s only comprehensive, computational, theoretical database for the properties of matter.

      Comment by transpower — January 29, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

  4. Update: The Wikipedia article on Larson is now back, under the heading “Dewey Bernard Larson.” This is very good news! Of course, we have no way of knowing whether or not it will stay up…

    Comment by transpower — February 7, 2015 @ 12:57 pm

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