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Someone pasted the above link on my Facebook page yesterday, and I thought it deserved a little commentary. What intrigues me first, and most of all, about this article is the implication that interest in Heim's theory - and it went through several versions - is something "new," when in fact it has been around since the early 1950s, when he first started working on it for Messerschmitt-Belkow-Blohm in West Germany. That's right, you read that correctly: Messerschmitt-Belkow-Blohm, a major aerospace firm and, of course, one of Germany's major defense contractors (think Messerschmitt Me 109 fighters here).

The article therefore intrigues me, because we're being implicitly asked to believe that his theory is only just now coming to the attention of NASA and other space agencies, when in one form or another it has been around for more than sixty years! As I pointed out in my book The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter, where I devoted an entire chapter to Heim, the whole motivation that Heim had in formulating his theory was precisely his realization that if mankind were ever to have a permanent presence among the stars, chemical rockets were as obsolete as the dodo bird; a new physics and new technology based on the coupling of electromagnetic and gravitational fields was required. Heim sought, in other words, the Holy Grail of physics: a unified field theory.

Heim's theory, like so many other unified field theories beginning with the five dimensional theory of fellow German Theodor Kaluza, is a "hyper-dimensional" theory, in other words, it employs more than the standard four dimensions of General Relativity, three of space, one of time. In Heim's case, however, there are two unique features, and they're rather breathtaking ones. First, Heim realized that for a theory to be successful, it simply had to incorporate the findings of quantum mechanics, and thus had to unify not only gravity and electromagnetism, but also the strong and weak nuclear forces of quantum mechanics. Second, Heim's theory posited a "hyper-space" or "sub-space" in which the relativistic speed limit - the velocity of light - no longer applied, and where there were coupling effects between gravity and electromagnetism. All this would be nothing new as unified field theories go, if it were not for the fact that Heim's theory did something else: it predicted, with some success, from first principles, the masses of particles in the zoological taxonomy of quantum mechanics' particle zoo.  This no other hyper-dimensional theory did on the scale of Heim's theory, and that made his theory verifiable, unlike many hyper-dimensional theories touted elsewhere. Oh yea, and one final point, Heim's theory predicted such electromagnetic and gravitational coupling in rotating systems; in other words, once again, we're chin-to-chin with the concept of torsion.

Suddenly everyone (at NASA anyway), was sitting up and taking notice... sixty years after Messerschmitt-Belkow-Blohm did. When America's early Vanguard satellite program was under way - as Richard C. Hoagland has pointed out in a paper called "Von Braun's Fifty-Year Old Secret" - the satellite's orbit wildly exceeded expectations: the rocket boosting it into orbit boosted it way beyond what standard calculations showed. Von Braun was mystified and he contacted the French scientist Allais guessed it, fellow countryman Burkhardt Heim, for an explanation. We can only guess at what their replies were, but you can bet your bottom dollar that both men told Von Braun that rotation - torsion - had a lot to do with it (after all, the satellite's booster was rotating!)

All of this leads me to suspect that this little article is a bit disingenuous for the simple reason that the physics and the implied technology (and yes, there's an implied technology and you won't like what it resembles! See my The Philosophers' Stone, pp. 324-326f) have been around a lot longer than one would first imagine. The article paints a picture of future discoveries when in fact it is clear that at least the Germans were investigating Heim's theory a lot longer than that, and one can only assume that the Russians and Americans were as well(and just as an aside, we know the Russians were because Dr. Nikolai Kozyrev was investigating torsion in a highly classified project in the Soviet Union, a project begun after the first versions of Heim's theory were made public!. We may be looking at past discoveries and hidden technologies and physics, rather than future ones. After all, Lockheed's Ben Rich is well-known to have made statements to the effect that we had the technology "to take ET home" just before he died. (He also said another, even more interesting thing, and few have noticed it: "We discovered an error in the equations..." though he never said which equations... but I have my suspicions!)

All this puts the picture of a flying wing accompanying the article into an interesting context... but all of that is another story, another book perhaps.... As for Heim, he did work for the Nazis on the war, but the work he did is shrouded in mystery and one can only guess at what it might have been, although we do know he proposed an idea for a "clean hydrogen bomb" to Werner Heisenberg during the war, and that would imply some interest in Heim's part in thermonuclear plasmas. That interest, plus the technologies implied by his theory (q.v The Philosophers' Stone, pp. 324-326f again), should, by now, be ringing a Bell...

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Kathie on May 18, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Dr. Farrell I just finished reading The Philosophers’ Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter, and while all of your books are original and fascinating, The Philosophers’s Stone in my humble opinion is your “magisterial” work. Understanding about Heim’ role including his brilliant mind, linking him back to the real work of alchemical physics to free mankind to cruise space was amazing. I’m fairly sure I’ll be reading it again, but I’m amazed at the bright minds that you have illuminated, uncovered and linked their body of work in a coherent elegant theory of the physics re-created prior to, during and subsequent to WWII… One Long’s for the freedom of such intellect to be in the public space. Secrets perhaps can transform but without the light of day an do such evil. I try to imagine Heim continuing to work as he obviously did with such injuries, similar in a way to Kozyrov while in prison. Amazing. Its fortunate that you and a Richard Hoagland were able to brainstorm the truth of Farm Hill and lasers. Thank you.

  2. mark on March 27, 2011 at 3:45 am

    why dont the X prize invest in hyperspace technology resurch and also intersteller communication resurch please reply

  3. mark on March 27, 2011 at 3:42 am

    so when will we have hyperspace technology

  4. Justina on January 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm
    some kind of scam. anybody that concerned about their security,
    who can afford to buy all the protection physical and cyber they need,
    has something to hide.

    My guess is, that the game would be, if accepted, to access the
    bank system by hacking from the account the deposit was to be
    made to, or to suddenly withdraw it creating more of a crash.

    Or, it is some bipolar nut with no ethics, on a manic binge.

    • Christine on March 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      afterthought, the Member of Parliament who was pushing this,
      said he had cleared the people involved, with people in intelligence
      who were able to vet them. That means either he, and/or the
      people he went to, in order to vet Foundation X, were in on the

  5. andy scott on January 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm


    Lord james of blackheath speech in the house of commons concerning an organizasion called foundation x.

  6. Justina on January 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    ahem. Before we all start figuring out how to blow ourselves up,
    I think that the horror movie Event Horizon is a good cautionary
    tale. And some of the outrageous results of the Philadelphia
    Project involving some men dematerializing, and then
    rematerializing stuck halfway through a bulkhead, merged to
    the metal and of course dead or dying horribly, is exactly like
    some weird mixing up of objects that is recorded in the
    Hutchison Effect.

  7. Debra Caruthers on January 8, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Beautiful, Dr. Farrell! Your above paragraph that succinctly summarizes Heim’s theory is just what I needed to explain to my sci-fi friends that hyper-travel is more than just Star Trek theory.

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