I seem to remember having watched a movie called The Philadelphia Experiment about 25 years ago, or so. I don’t remember anything about the movie, except assuming it was fiction. It seems that this is not true. There really was a Philadelphia experiment, with some very strange results, and now you rarely hear anything about it, except maybe on the raido program, Coast-to-Coast, which most people would probably think is a program for screwballs. Maybe so, maybe not. Joseph P. Farrell has written a book about the Philadelphia experiement, entitled Secrets of the Unified Field. That’s because it begins by talking about Unified Field Theories, by which is meant (as far as I understand it) a theory that explains all physical (at least) phenomena in the universe. That’s a pretty tall order, and scientists are still pursuing such a theory.
When most people hear about a Unified Field Theory, they’re most likely to think of Albert Einstein. In fact, he wasn’t the first person to come up with such a theory. Theodor Kaluza did so around 1920, and his theory influenced Einstein’s. To greatly oversimplify, his theory was a universe in five dimensions with an overall shape like a cylinder. That turns out to be an important concept.
Einstein brought out his own Unified Field Theory in 1928, but it was eventually dismissed because it dealt only with gravity and electromagnetism. It didn’t account for the strong and weak forces that scientists working in quantum mechanics were discovering. In his General Relativity theory, Einstein had seen gravitation as a pretty constant thing, caused by large masses, which then distorted space, causing it to curve. A simple analogy is placing a bowling ball on a trampoline, which causes the whole trampoline to curve to support its weight. That’s a picture in only two dimensions, though, so the reality is much more complicated and difficult to envision. But what Einstein seemed to be saying was that it was possible for gravitation to become distorted much more locally. He had changed his vision of gravitation to something less passive and more dynamic, and was now seeing it in terms of geometry and waves.
Gabriel Kron was another scientist, who looked at the unified field theory and saw some of the effects produced in electric machinery as being explainable only in terms of “…a higher dimensional theory incorporating some form of space-time curvature or warping occurring locally.” What this meant was that portions of the theory could be engineered. The Philadelphia experiment was an example of that engineering–but not the only one.
Another important concept was that of torsion. This can be demonstrated by taking a beer can, one end in each hand, and twisting it. It will crumple in the middle, which is where the most stress is. That’s sort of what the Philadelphia experiment aimed at. But what they were apparently trying for was a way to prevent Nazi radar from seeing their ocean-going ships–a method of “stealth”, such as we see in some military planes now, but by trying to distort electromagnetic waves, which is what radar is based on. What they apparently got was stealth of a sort, but a lot of other effects as well.
They got optical invisibility, for one thing. One person claimed to have witnessed the operation of the electromagnetic system built onto a ship that produced these effects, and his testimony the author considers scientifically plausible. One effect was optical invisibility: from a distance, the ship was invisible, though the curvature of the seawater that its weight displaced could be seen. There was also a green glow around the ship, and the witness claimed that some of the men aboard were “frozen”, and had to be revived by laying hands on them. This apparently helped bring them out of a state of consciousness in which they perceived time much differently from usual. He also said that the experience drove many of them insane, and that subsequently, when ashore, some of them suddenly disappeared (with witnesses), and some actually burst into flame!
That all sounds crazy, like the products of someone’s overheated imagination, but it’s possible that what happened was that the extreme electromagnetic fields generated on the ship actually tore holes in local space/time. Doing that would produce a lot of effects that we wouldn’t ordinarily see, and would be unable to explain until further experimentation made us aware of the laws governing such phenomena. We might say that the experiment produced a sort of anarchy in the physical world we’re accustomed to seeing. The effects seem to have been caused by a sort of electromagnetic torsion, which didn’t only bend light, as we might suppose the experiment was attempting, but also disrupted local space/time.
Another phenomenon, with a different ship, was witnessed by a number of people. A ship suddenly disappeared from a Philadelphia shipyard, and as suddenly appeared in its other berth in a shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia. It was there for several minutes, then disappeared again, and reappeared in its berth in Philadelphia. That sort of thing isn’t supposed to be possible. But maybe, under certain conditions, it is.
Farrell explains all this much better than I can. It takes, as far as I can see, a strong background in physics and mathematics to make sense of what seems to have happened. But another aspect of this is somewhat easier to understand and explain, and that’s political. The United States (and specifically the US Navy) got involved with this sort of experiment because it was wartime, and any sort of knowledge or technology that would help to win the war needed to be investigated. And the USA wasn’t the only country doing such research. Farrell makes the case that Nazi Germany was invetigating not only this sort of technology (and had developed it further, and with a deeper sophistication that had the USA), but a lot of other things that were outside the mainstream of science. Some of these were probably built on invalid ideas, and were dead ends, but this particular idea, Farrell argues, was one with many possibilities, including as a weapon that could literally destroy the world.
This, he says, could be done by setting up a resonance between the vibrations produced by a machine and sound phenomena within the earth. At some point, the earth would be unable to damp these vibrations, and could potentially split apart. Apparently there are other things that could be done with this sort of machine too, like levitation and possible time travel. Apparently, there are arguments that UFO’s (ones that are genuine) use anti-gravity for propulsion, and flying saucers thus powered were being developed by the Third Reich, though never deployed in World War II. So the device the Nazis built, called the Bell, was being used to explore the phenomena the various unified field theories predicted. “Learn to control and manipulate torsion in the Unified Field Theory context, and one has learned to control and mainpulate gravity, time, electro-magnetism, and space itself. One can manipulate them for energy, for propulsion, and of course, for a horrifyingly powerful weapon of mass destruction….”
So the next question is, why haven’t we heard anything about this sort of technology in the almost 70 years since the war ended? Cover-up is the obvious conclusion. One possibly tangential reason is because power could be generated that way, which would conceivably mean we would no longer need to rely on coal and oil for power. Another reason is the horrifying potential of the technology. But another possibility is because Nazi scientists were scooped up after World War II, mainly by the USA and USSR. Their knowledge was too important to allow them to be prosecuted for possible war crimes. And Farrell suggests that these various scientists kept in touch, and had their own agenda. Probably the overriding reason, though was that secret technology can be used by powerful people to accomplish whatever they want to accomplish. And their aims might not be very popular. I doubt many would endorse Nazi goals, much less the means they used to accomplish them.
The program that produced the Bell, according to the author, was pursued with disregard to human life. Certainly a lot of knowledge must have been discovered, but since the learning process was amoral, it seems pretty likely the knowledge would also be used in amoral ways. Our world is mysterious, and some of the mysteries are created by people determined to keep some forms of knowledge generally unknown.