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Burkhard Heim
a biography

by Olaf Posdzech


Childhood and youth
Heavy blow and planning of a new life
First steps to a unified field theory
The way to the mass spectrum of ponderable particles
About life before and after death
The not-material background of the world and its effects
Support, envy and ignorance
Armament and civil fights
A visit to the Heim family, Gerda Heim – guardian angel and loving soul

This text is translated with help of a translation machine. Please send me corrections.
Email: op@engon.de

Childhood and youth

Burkhard Heim was born in 1925 in Potsdam, Germany. Already as a small boy he was characterized by large curiosity and a certain inclination to play tricks. Still today he loves to tell gladly of his early excursions and natural sciences. His special preferences were applied to biology and explosive chemistry.

One day some friends and he decided to assemble a human skeleton whose parts had come to daylight in a Potsdam building site. His biology teacher was also happy about their diligence. However in the end he was surprised at the fact that the male skeleton has had a female basin.

Another story happened in one of the Potsdam winters. A friend of Burkhard Heim had noticed that the ice flowers at the windows had very different forms and these forms often reminded in their shape of plants. They looked at this shapes thoroughly. Finally a theory was found that the shape of ice flowers possibly corresponds to the shape of the plants, which were actually located in those rooms. Thus they finally began to ring at people'S doors: Excuse me, we only want to know whether you do have a kind of this or that plant in your room, don't you? Their first impression proved to be true again and again. The shape of the plants had settled in a way unknown to us in the shape of the ice flowers.

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Heavy blow and planning of a new life

In 1941 Burkhard Heim made an invention in the field of explosives. By instruction of the German arms command he was send from the front line to the chemical-technical Reichs institute in Berlin in 1944 where he had to work. There in 1944 an accident occurred during laboratory work. He lost both hands and 90% of his eye and aural acuity by an object exploding in his hands.
Due to this heavy blow only 19 years old Burkhard Heim fell into a deep crisis. Up to this time he's been extraordinarily awake, reflect-joyful, humorous and knowledge-thirsty, and he deeply enjoyed his existence in the world. By the accident he became almost completely shielded from this world. At the end of this crisis Burkhard Heim decided to continue with the things which had remained – his curiosity and his intellectual capacity.

In these weeks he decided to establish a timetable for his further investigations, which he had followed purposefully until his dead (more than 50 years!). He wanted to understand the way life and psyche are connected into the material processes of our world.

Burkhard Heim realized very fast that such a theory only could base on a complete theory of the material world, which he had to find first. For this purpose it was necessary to become a physicists. Despite his heavy handicaps and complete disablement Heim began a study in chemistry in 1945, and (4 years later) in 1949 a study of theoretical physics in Goettingen. At this time he was 24 years old.

In 1950 Burkhard Heim married his wife Gerda, who became an affectionate guardian angel to him. She assisted him in his scientific work until his last days.

In 1954 Heim finished his study in physics with the main diploma. Afterwards he operated two years at the Max Planck institute for professor von Weizsaecker. In 1958 he founded his own institute in Northeim to be able to check the effects experimentally that were predicted by his gravitational theory. However due to limited financial means this venture had to be shifted into future times.

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First steps to a unified field theory

Already in the first year of his studies in physics Burkhard Heim started independent work regarding a general field theory. His target was to describe all physical fields and their sources uniformly as dynamic characteristics of purely geometrical structures of space.

1949 Heim extends Newton's gravitational law by considering field mass of the gravitational field
1952 Heim unites quantum mechanics and macroscopic fields to a non Hermitian unified field theory in 4-dimensional space (4-dimensional metric eigenvalue equations)
1953 Heim is able to represent his unified Hermitian field theory in a six-dimensional space R6 (6-dimensional metric eigenvalue equations)
1958 Numeric calculation of horizontal intensity of the earth magnetic field and the moon succeeds. These magnetic fields appear therefore as consequence of mass rotation, its strength can be estimated from coupling of rotary mass and magnetic field.
1959 Heim calculates a geometrical quantum of space (area unit) (geometry of metrons in R6)

In 1959 Burkhard Heim publishes his first essay The principle of dynamic contrabary (Das Prinzip der dynamischen Kontrabarie) in the German magazine Flugkörper. In this he presented the results of his research for discussion. In shining colors he drew a vision of technological realization of his results by describing a space flight to mars. (Some years later his attitude regarding maximization of technical possibilities becomes more critically.)
Still today it is very impressing, how Heim marked out the destinations of his future work (calculation of mass spectrum of ponderable particles, understanding life, syntrometrical method).

Heim 1959 (12 kB)
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Apart from mathematical-physically accessible processes there still are also life processes bound to material happening, whose elementary process cannot be understood mathematical-physically despite its linkage to material happening. The biological description way again fails, if one seeks to understand the psychological process that is bound to life process …
In view of these contradictions mentioned above, from which breaks in the scientific conception of the world originate, I came to the resolution that the method of human thinking is not sufficient to describe reality uniformly. In my judgment the antagonisms seems to be of principle nature and only to a less degree they go back to the absence of further empirical facts …
Thus it appeared reasonably to me to develop a completely new analytic method. It is planned to apply these method to the physical description of nature; however for this it is necessary to generalize the mathematically formulated physical laws of nature in such a way that an assertible system develops which is closed in itself.

from The principle of dynamic contrabary (Das Prinzip der dynamischen Kontrabarie, 1959)

Illobrand von Ludwiger writes in his essay Uniform 6-dimensional quantum geodynamics of Burkhard Heim (Die einheitliche 6-dimensionale Quanten-Geometrodynamik nach Burkhard Heim) (MUFON-CES) in 1979:
This method of formal composing of most general term structures (syntrometry) … already was developed 20 years ago by B. Heim. And the formalism already was prepared on several hundred pages in 1962 for subsequent publication. (Page 313)

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The way to the mass spectrum of ponderable particles

Since that time Heim worked on a unified description of elementary particles. This part of the theory was developed during the next 20 years (!) under very difficult conditions and it has been partly published since 1975 in several steps.

1961 With help of a world selector equation (world formula) it was possible to examine whether a theoretical structure can be a part of the real physical world or not.
In this way 4 different types of spatial compression can be found (kinds of hermetry of possible structure condensations), which can act as interaction objects in the world. Beside well-known interaction objects (charged particle, uncharged particle and light) there still appears another kind of interaction, which shall be observable as gravitons.
1962 To examine effects of structure-describing absolute Cartesian coordinates x5 and x qualitatively, development of a multi-valued logic becomes necessarily (syntrometrical method). Among other things this will permit translating a complete system of concepts into another.
1964 From the cosmogonical relationship between the diameter of the whole physical world D and the smallest geometrical quantum τ (metron) Heim calculates geometrical parameters of the world at the time t = 0 (trinity of spheres, nine interacting geometries).
1966 To examine self-dynamics of self condensing space Heim develops a flow algebra of metric exchange processes.
1969 Analysis of possible exchange processes supplies two fundamental symmetries (baryon number, isospin) and 4 symmetries of higher order.
1970 A mass formula of all conceivable elementary particles can be represented as simple result of these internal geometrical characteristics of space.

Now from union of field theories and quantum mechanics a six-dimensional space could be designed, which contains our real world and describes these two different sections of reality at the same time. An investigation of its characteristics led to different patterns of cyclic internal condensations in these six dimensions. A part of them could be understood as ponderable mass-containing physical particles. The mathematical description of this group of cyclic condensations supplies the spectrum of all conceivable physically ponderable particles.

(Indeed this spectrum is relative compact and it contains many values, which were never observed any time. Possibly this happens because life span of the processes underlying them is too short to be observable as interaction. Later Heim takes his statement back that he has been able to calculate life spans of this particles. However in 1997 he decides together with Droescher to publish another way to calculate life spans.)

Heim firstly published the results of his work in 1977 in short form in his essay Suggestion of a way to the unified description of elementary particles (Vorschlag eines Weges zur einheitlichen Beschreibung der Elementarteilchen, Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 10 pages, received on 5 August 1976). But he had not found any publisher for a global representation of his theory, because no referee was able to in-imagine into this complex theory. For the physical establishment the way and results of the Heim theory are too out of way. They do not want to deal with with it.

Thus he asked the catholic publisher professor Reschto publish the Heim theory in his own publishing house. Although printing of such a complicated book (great quantities of formulas) represented a large business risk. In 1980 Elementary structures of matter – volume 1 has been published by the Resch Verlag (Elementarstrukturen der Materie, manuscript submission September 17, 1978.) Nevertheless the first edition contained so many errors that it has been replaced in 1989 by a corrected second edition.
In 1984 Burkhard Heim published the second part as Elementary structures of matter - volume 2 in the same publishing house. As a result a relatively complete description of the Heim quantum field theory was available to the public.

Remark 2015: Meanwhile we have the impression, that the derivation of the Heim Theory as it is described in volume 1 and 2 does not fully match the real way how B. Heim has it developed. In his logical and physical conclusions Heim made use of the syntrometric method. This methods allows to construct an infinite variety of possible interactions or logic interactions which can be described mathematically. In a second step from this infinite variety those versions must be filtered out, that do not match physical reality. In opposition to this procedure in the books Heim used more conventional ways to develop his ideas.

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About life before and after death

After Heim had found a unified field theory he was able to prove its usefulness by calculating the mass spectrum of ponderable particles purely from internal characteristics of the physical space (without use of additional artificial calibration factors).
After he was able to understand the material world so far, he finally was able to ask: Is life is a phenomena which follows purely the physical laws of our world. Among other things this lead to the question whether structure-giving processes exist, which work against the general destruction and balance tendencies of dead nature (entropy). Where are these processes to be settled, and how do they work?

Life can be regarded as permanent structuring process (e.g. in a cell) which is always adequate to environmental influences. Thus it was necessary to examine, which internal structures and laws do exist inside the structure-controlling coordinates ( x5, x6), which can cause such a phenomenon.
At the same time it became necessarily finding a way to change over from computingable micromar range into the range of higher complex systems. For example processes in a living cells cannot be calculated in detail by numbers. They rather must be described with their qualitative characteristics. Thus a way had to be found to translate regularities of a logical predicate system (that of calculable processes) into another system. The syntrometrical method should carry out this task, whose basics Heim already had developed during his studies.

Beyond that the question rose, whereby thinking humans stand out against the general process of life, and where this special difference can be settled in the physical world. Whether there is such a thing like a non material mental principle (mind) which is expressing itself in the material world by using material bodies and making experiences within them.

1950 First beginnings of developing a formal method of multi-valued logic (syntrometry).
1971 Complex structures in the world develop their own regularities.
This is seen during the transition from geometry of metrons into geometry of syntrix (up to a totality of metroplexes T 6).
1979 By indirect conclusion predicates are possible about laws of higher structured metroplex totalities.
In this case the fact is seen that more complex structures (e.g. psyche, spirit) can control lower organizational structures (bios, matter).
19?? Extensive occupation with palaeontological data concerning origin of species on earth (still today Heim tells gladly about different types of sauriers, which brought successively new building principles into terrestrical history).
Mathematical modeling of natural mutation rate as a function of radiation, chemical attractions and temperature.
19?? Investigation of planetary prerequisites for genesis of life:
– possible chemical base and conceivable alternatives
– probability of generation of suitable planets
– self structuring of planetary biospheres by life processes
19?? Analysis of independent living conditions of structures in x5, x6 (independent of R3).

Structure-giving processes of the material world are obviously controlled by non-material high-complex structures in the structure coordinate space (x5, x6), which exist there as a kind of dynamically changeable structural blueprints. Understanding of these structures is very difficult because these structural blueprints exist both timeless and placeless, thus they can work always at each point in time and at each place of this world.
However their actual acting requires the presence of suitable material building blocks, which have to be selected out by an evolution-like process. (Otherwise this would look like the attempt to build a computer with help of an exact electrical connection diagram in stone age.)

On the other hand these structural blueprints undergo modifications, they make experiences with itself and the material world. The personality core of a human being can be understood as such a structure in x5, x6, possessing a very high complexity (T > 25) . The question was, what happens to this structure during biological death or during an accident when the material body disintegrates which was connected to it? And – if this personality core may survive – on which way is it possible that it takes up contact with a new developing biological body. For this purpose (among other things) Heim examined in detail, what characteristics material structures must possess, so that such couplings can take place. He also discussed in detail carbon chemistry and the characteristics of DNA.

In his book Postmortale statuses? (Postmortale Zustände? 1980, 122 pages) Heim discussed these questions. What happens after death? Can there be a personal core that exist after death? However this essay was extraordinarily difficult to understand, because Heim used exclusively categories of his syntrometric method, which are unknown to a normal reader.

In the conclusion Heim takes up a metaphor by ECCLES. The personality core plays a symphony as organist on his biological body (organ), which is recorded in spirit (as on tape). After the last chord is finished (beginning of death) the organist rises and transfers this symphony to a record by use of filters. In postmortal status he reflects over this arbitrarily reproducible symphony. The symphony is unique, however the organist can play it in varied form again.
Substantially is that the symphonies (acting as metaphor for life) are unique and passing, however the organist is not, and he is expressing himself in this symphonies.

In 1982 Heims book The cosmic experience space of humans (Der kosmische Erlebnisraum des Menschen, 49 pages) appears. Here Heim again justifies the need for a six-dimensional description of the material world. On one hand because of the requests of his uniform field theory. On the other hand from empirical experience of the life process which only can be understood by a structure-controlling effect of the additional transcoordinates (x5, x6).

More in detail these considerations are deduced in the following book The elementary process of life (Der Elementarprozeß des Lebens 76 pages, 1982). In this book Heim combined his results of 30 years of research into this topic.
He starts with a summary of observable characteristics of organisms (self structuring, metabolism, symbioses, hierarchical structure layering from deadly atoms up to formation of states of organisms, reproduction, organic compounds and DNA).
A view on evolution processes on earth shows a remarkable characteristic, i.e. sudden breaking in of new building principles. A model calculation for possible natural mutation rates supplies the result that this sudden (typostrophic) emergence of new species cannot be explained with coincidental random mutations, but in this phase physically limited number of mutations appears as ingenious fluctuations.
The question about the source of these shifts in probability again points to the structure coordinates x5, x6. Their probability-shifting interaction expresses itself in real space as something you could call gravitons.
An analysis of material prerequisites for animatable structures leads on one hand to a small spread of necessary physically / chemical boundary conditions (carbon base of life, temperature range of liquid water is necessary).
Due to easy cosmological observations (rotation rate of planet-afflicted suns) and the circumstance of self structuring of planetary biospheres Heim comes to the conclusion that both life process and emergence of suitable planets are afflicted with amazingly high probability.

In addition this analysis of conditions for live let Burkhard Heim to a radical break with the destruction of terrestrial living conditions by humans. In the last section of The elementary process of life he confirms this dangerous future perspective with some mathematical models.

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The non-material background of the world and its effects

With Walter Dröscher Heim had found an utmost care and thorough coworker, who was deeply inspired by the Heim theory. Finally he succeeded to draw things from it that even were surprised Heim. He surprised Burkhard Heim with the fact that all coupling constants of physics could be derived from the primary number set of the world at time t = 0 by simple addition and multiplication.
Thereby the physical world carries the characteristics of its temporal origin until today. Heim was astonished about this, because he did not consider a theory of coupling constants to be feasible.

Burkhard Heim told in summer 1997, how he was surprised by Droeschers results:

Then Mister Droescher called me, quite excited. That worked afterwards so originally. (If Droescher excites himself, there must be a real reason.)

Mr. Heim, I've played a little with your 3 diameters of spheres. There're all current coupling constants put in it!

How is that possible, I asked. Mathematics is nevertheless more such a candy machine – you put 10 Penny in and bonbons for exactly 10 Penny will come out. We always have avoided the term of interactions at all! If I consider myself this – we would have to represent a dynamic process on an algebraic structure – and this does not go.

Yes, he says, we haven't put it in, but it's come out!

Yes, but what would we then conclude from this?

Yes, he says somehow we had luck .

Because there is no physical theory without experience and a certain amount of arbitrariness. A little bit of speculation there will always be – which is also permitted.

He says, somehow we had luck, somehow we must have met the correct things. Because we can not win correct predicates from a false beginning. And if we did not bring in the term of interactions at all, it is nevertheless better that this occurs.

There are probably numerical ratios, which are space and timeless, and which are representable as probabilities of original kind. These probabilities exist there as space and timeless values, representably by ancient elements of an ancient number set which is structured. If one applies principles of abstract theory of sets – in particular power quantities – then one gets certain space and timeless constant sizes, which are pure numbers. And if then one makes a cosmogony of matter it is found that these space and timeless constants always ran along from time t = 0. Then it will result that these are the current coupling constants and the building law of matter.
That is unbelievable! One is reminded of age-old writings: In the beginning was the word …

The derivation of the dimension law in its general form also came from W. Droescher. From this a first view was opened into a non-material background of the world (another six dimensions), without being able to know at this time what exactly would exist in this space.

From observation of the world it was clearly seen that apart from material appearances and processes just as well non-material phenomena exist e.g.: thoughts, nature-set and ideas, whose origin from material world cannot be explained completely.

By means of his syntrometric method Heim had succeeded to get a conception of the inherent laws of structure-giving structures in x5, x6 (structure space S2 ). A picture appeared that there are stored timeless structural blueprints for equivalent structures (so-called holomorphismes). These structural drawings implement themselves under suitable material boundary conditions and settle in reality, whereby matter strictly appears structured down from elementary particle up to the living organism.
During his research on life process Heim noticed that during the evolution of organisms on earth new structural blueprints often show up at the same time within different animal species (e.g. wings appeared at the same time in different species of saurians).

A mathematical estimation of natural mutation rates supplied that these phases of substantial generation of new species with ingenious modifications are not explainable with stochastic mutations (caused by radiation, temperature and chemical processes). Rather it seemed that probabilities during mutation were controlled somehow in such a way that ingenious results developed with priority.

Now, the question was, in which way could such a controll of the material world take place, without violating physical principles. Additionally he wanted to find out, where the structural blueprints in structure space come from which cannot have developed out from themselves.

At this time it was only well-known that the space of not-material coordinates R12 (x7 ... x12) is structured in two subspaces. A simply logical analysis showed that organization is materialized information.
Therefore he could assume coordinates (x7, x8) describing a space of ideas I2, and there must be projection processes out from this space of ideas (I2 ) into structure space (S2). The mathematical description of these projections was possible. About the remaining coordinates (x9 … x12) it only was known that probably the sources of ideas are resident there. (There was not much to say about internal structure of this space from its effects into physical world.) Therefore Heim called this space joking G4 which will stand for God only knows.

In the beginning a mathematical description of these projection processes from G4 was not solvable. Heim had the idea of describing this by means of multidimensional Fourier transformations. However it was not clear, how to handle this tools exactly. One day Droescher coincidentally found an old book in a library, exactly describing this mathematical tool.
Thus a closed mathematical description of this projection processes became possible. As result of this projection chain exactly the descriptions of probability amplitudes appear as they are actually observed in quantum mechanics. (Whereby quantum mechanics cannot make predicates about the source of this phenomenon.)

Thereby an explanation was possible, where in well-known physical regularities this control is acting: via the probabilities of micromar quantum-mechanical processes. So controlling of material happening comes out from inside of the smallest constituents of matter.

198? Proof of existence of a hyperspace R12  with not-material coordinates x7 ... x12 by the dimension law of DROESCHER. This space is not constituent of physical space of the material world R6, but it can affect on it.
198? Interpretation of the function of the individual absolute Cartesian coordinates:

   space       R3 (x1, x2, x3
   time        T  (x4 = ict)
   structure   S2 (x5, x6)            structure is manifested information
   information I2 (x7, x8
   G???        G4 (x9, x10, x11, x12)  origin of information

198? Qualitative understanding of a possible control of the world from G4 by the following projection chain:

    R3  +   T  <---    S2   <---   I2   <--- G4  
 space   time    structure   information  G???

1994 – mathematical description of control out from G4 of non-material world into the micromar realm of R6
– derivation of the existence of the laws of quantum mechanics (eigenvalue equations) as result of this control
– cosmogonic view (development of the universe) – age, origin and distribution of matter
1994 Derivation of physical coupling constants from the primary number set of the world at time t = 0 (DROESCHER)

In his essay An image of the background of the world (Ein Bild vom Hintergrund der Welt, 1994, 12 pages) Heim represented in short verbal form the results of this work. He suggested that the possibility of this controlling interventions in particular is given at high structure levels (thus e.g. in organisms).
Additionally he raised the question whether there could exist timeless and bodyless entities in not-material background of the world.
In 1996 Droescher and Heim published their mathematical derivations in volume 3 of Elementary structures with the sub-title Structures of the physical world and its not-material part (Strukturen der physikalischen Welt und ihrer nichtmateriellen Seite).

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Support, envy and ignorance

Although Burkhard Heim developed his theory in relativly isolation, it got around fast that there possibly was someone developing somewhat very spectacular in Northeim, Germany. Unfortunately sometimes the Heim theory attracted particularly the interests of airplane and armaments companies.
In the 50's there were even attempts to pull progressive Know How by kidnapping German researchers who should operate abroad for special companies then. In the preface to the 1959 essay The principle of dynamic contrabary Helmut Goeckel wrote: Heim could write an evening-filling detective story about his experiences with criticism, fraud, theft, tried kidnapping on his own person, suspicious evaluation by small and large intriguers. Only an unknown lady and Hamburg publisher Nannen had supported Heim, who had to fight alone.

Heim extracted himself from adjustments of the arms industry by turning for a while to paraphysical research, which he was executing together with professor Bender. Among other subjects they experimented with instrumental transcommunication. On one hand Burkhard Heim succeeded thereby in installing an image to be a kind of crank which discredits him in intended way to the business management. On the other hand he made in this time experiences, which convinced him about the existence of rare paranormal phenomena. Later Heim defined these phenomena as transitions between the two worlds of physically normal and psychologically normal phenomenas. This transition isn't completely understood until today, although it constantly takes place unnoticed everyday in some areas of normal biological life.

Burkhard Heim always wanted to understand the possibility of these transitions and he wanted to describe them as part of his theory.
At the same time Heim got known with Andreas Resch. On his congresses on border science Burkhard Heim often was a regular guest. He became acquainted there with different scientists, from whom he received many suggestions, which settled into his concepts. Besides it is to be owed to Andreas Resch that we have today access to the printed works of Burkhard Heim at all.

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Perhaps publication of the Heim theory was not possible in physical technical periodicals, because Heim began too late trying to publish the results of his theory. Nevertheless it was the result of 30 years of thinking at this time (1977). No technical periodical in this world would risk publishing a scientific work without evaluation (peer reviewing). But which peer want to work himself into a theory that has grown in more than 30 years?

Another handicap may have been that Heim's approaches were too unusual.
Some of them were also apart from what his own teachers (e.g. Heisenberg) postulated.
In fact there was no one who wanted to publish his theory. Also among his teachers there wasn't anybody who supported Heim.

On the other hand we can read in the preface of his 1959 article being an outsider in the beginning, his theories are checked now with acknowledgment and he found coworkers and material support.
Dr. L. Boelkow of the MBB company supported Heim's researches over many years. On november, 25. 1976 Heim held his legendary lecture at MBB Ottobrunn, in which he presented all of the thoughts of his quantum field theory in free speech (a paper exists).
Illobrand von Ludwiger of MBB was entrusted to train itself into the Heim theory. Over long years he dealt together with Burkhard Heim with the question, how they could acknowledged experimentally his predicates for manipulation of the gravitational field. In his own MUFON articles von Ludwiger indicates some MBB notes to this topic as sources.
Among other things he mentions a note from Heim from the year 1985, in which von Ludwiger suggested an alternative experiment for the investigation of coupling between magnetic field and angular momentum density to MBB.

However Heim informed me that these attempts failed because of practical boundaries of physical reality. In order to prove the interconnection of gravitation and magnetic field it was suggested among other things to rotate a rock crystal ball with very high speed. However such a rotary mass possesses a so enormous striking power that safe execution of such an experiment could not be ensured.

Another experimental setup would exist in generating an enormous amount of modifying magnetic field within a short time, which would produce a gravitation effect of e.g. 1 g. However it isn't so easy at all to consider itself an arrangement which can produce a so powerful collapsing magnetic field fast enough and strongly enough. Because of the characteristic of self induction a coil endeavors to keep the magnetic field when powering off current. Thus the temporal modification will become too small. An arrangement would be conceivable, in which this coil was lightning-like destroyed, e.g. by an explosive charge. But how do you want to measure still 1 g during such an explosion?

Heim experienced once that a lecture, which he had held on a congress appeared literal in a magazine where a foreigner stated to be the author.
Since then he was mindful to announce his priority by printing of his works. Indeed the books are only badly suitable to reconstruct the theory completely in all mathematical-physical aspects. One should always consider the unbelievably difficult conditions under which it was developed!
Heim dictated the books to his wife which was typing them into the typewriter. Formulas were added by hand. It is a long and difficult way to publish a book under these circumstances.

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Armament and civil fights

Everywhere in the world armament and aircraft industry is interested in new physical research. So they were in the case of Heim.

In 1993 I asked Burkhard Heim whether he would be afraid that his theory will give still more possibilities to the false people to use technology against the interests of life and humanity. His answer was Oh, you mean whether they can build still better bombs with my books? No, no, he continued, I omitted anything of this to pretend any mischief.

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Burkhard Heim, reflecting (116 kB)

Heim is deeply connected to life. If one looked so deeply into the laws of nature, respect rises to the miracle of life and the world even more. While he focused still inspired technologically conceivable maximum in his article of 1959, later Heim has engaged himself very much for preservation of life and nature. Therefore he was very close to the ideas of green environmental protection movements when they established in the 80-s.

In his hometown Northeim Burkhard Heim got very known when he supported some citizens in the fight against pulling down a section of the old part of the town. At that time there were certain people intending to let a by-pass road sacrifice the old buildings in the city center because they promised themselves more sales from doing so. Heim stated that he used the laws of syntrometry in order to prevent almost decided destruction of the old part of town with very few but however very effective impacts. In some moments his home must have been looked like a headquarter of an army leader, where the powerless but however upright fighters met against the dictatorship of cash discussing their strategy. In the long run they triumphed. Today Northeim is an attractive city presenting its beautiful old town center with pride.

In another anecdote Heim told how once he got a call from some top managers of the German energy industry. They had heard the fact that he was operating on a possibly revolutionary theory. So they wanted to know, whether it would be possible with his theory to win unlimited energy in order to solve all energy problems of mankind. Heim answered : If I knew exactly that my research would arrive into the hands of responsible people, I would go through. However I must assume it will arrive into the hands of salesmen. Those are people, which want to sell always as much as they can.
Let's make a gedankenexperiment: You want to supply unlimited energy. What would occur? If energy consumption in the whole world – say – would increase tenfold (and that is not much based on what is used e.g. in America today) – then we would come into energy balance of weather of the whole earth within a few years. Because what is occurring with energy? At least it always is converted into heat. And this heat has to remain somewhere. Therefore I reject thanking.
(You find this thoughts also in the last section of Heim's book Der Elementarprozeß des Lebens.)

In his book The cosmic experience space of humans (Der kosmische Erlebnisraum des Menschen, 1982 ) Heim wrote about the consequences of human growth illusions:

The normal impulse for an individual organization of environment will pervert in view of such technical powers into an undisciplined growth illusion; in particular if unrestrained expansion pretends an excessive increased value of self-manifestation of insignificant personalities. If this illusion of growth is coupled with scruplesless mercantile egoism (which might be regular the case) then the consciousness of a growth-possessed maximizer of profit develops, who is expired to the illusion, it would be his right and serves progress to destroy everything which obstructs his profit and his expansion.
Progress is perverted by growth illusion and profit greed (paired with excessive claims to power) in extremely dangerous way to progress of a suiciding society on the way to cemetery. However living nature will be destroyed directly or by destruction of ecological interrelations even by constantly expanding urbanization and automobilism.
If however for example living flora is destroyed, the regenerating factor of irreparable and absolutely necessary raw materials of life (i.e. breathing air and drinking water) is omitted.
With further undisciplined increasing population and destruction of nature in combination with progressive poisoning of air and water the structure of rival society determined by growth-possessed maximizers of profit must come to a global sozio ecologic collapse in near future. We could conclude with large security that such a collapse is in truth a disaster of a not survivable apocalyptic extent …
This extremely dangerous life-threatening suicide program can never be stopped by appeals to the reason or the good will and also not by force, but alone by a profound modification of consciousness of the members of our rival societies …
Only one answer of the basic questions about death and the sense of human life can release in my opinion this necessary modification of consciousness, if the remaining time interval up to the sozio ecologic collapse is sufficient.

Heim's book Der Elementarprozeß des Lebens closes with an urgent proclamation to common sense stopping destruction of biosphere in this last minutes.

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In spring 1996 (88 kB)
The suggested ... ways (to save terrestrial biosphere) are effective only in global area, but completely ineffectively already in the area of individual nations. Also it would be necessarily ... to demand very hard renunciations from each individual member of the global human society over the time of several generations.
Even if a such global venture will be politically and socially feasible under the mandatory printing of later conditions, minimum time necessary for this would be not sufficient ..., so that possibly the sozioecologic paralysis could have become already irreversible in the terrestrial biosphere.

Burkhard Heim The elementary process of life (Der Elementarprozeß des Lebens, 1982)

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A visit to the Heim family, Gerda Heim – guardian angel und loving soul

Burkhard and Gerda Heim (29 kB)
Burkhard and Gerda Heim 1988 (177 kB)

A special honor was presented to Gerda Heim by the award of the Bundesverdienstkreuz medal which local district director Ralf-Reiner Wiese presented to her. The honored woman gave up her career as a concert singer and married war-blind and forearm amputated diploma physicist Burkhard Heim in 1950. Both they live and work at their house in Schillerstrasse 2. Since decades Gerda Heim is not only a loving and caring wife for her man, but also an energetic assistance with his research work, to which also foundation of the German research institute for field physics and general cosmology by Burkhard Heim belongs. She transfers the scientific publications to paper her man holds in Germany and abroad and she helps with the work on ultramodern computers.
The picture shows Burkhard and Gerda Heim during their common work (bth)

From Seniors today, Northeim  magazine for seniors (Senioren heute, Northeimer Zeitschrift für Senioren 2/88, P. 25 )

In the years 1996 and 1997 I visited Burkhard Heim several times in order to support him in his computer work. He had bought a voice recognition system that however was not ready to use. After long time attempts to train the system on his voice we had to give up without any result (his speech was strongly disturbed because his bad hearing). Additionally Heim possessed many 5,25"- disks with source codes from his old UCSC Pascal machine, which he wanted to use again in future. (At this time there those big drives were not available anymore.) We solved the problem by transmitting the data disk by disk over the serial interface into his PC. After this I edited these files manually.

During my visits I experienced Burkhard Heim as very humorous man who was good for many jokes despite his handicaps. Again and again he gladly told capers and anecdotes from his own youth.

In the photo you can see his operated forearms, by whose assistance Burkhard Heim could manipulate with some special tools. For example he used a type of slate pencil, with which he wrote on his computer keyboard. Because of his very close visual field (only approx. 10%) he had to look up each letter individually.

Nevertheless under these circumstances Heim succeeded in writing some hundred lines Pascal source code in which he tried out his formulas. (Although the formulas were developed at a time when he only owned a programmable calculator.) In order to optimize this work, he first had redefined each Pascal instruction to a very short new instruction word usually consisting of only one or two letters. In order to fit as much program code as possible on the display his source code was written without any line breaks. (This is because he scrolls with help of a foot pedal and a track ball).
This own programming language maked it difficult for other people to reconstruct his program code or to modify something in the code.

Nevertheless after his death I was able to transform this code into TURBO Pascal soruce code, and later we created also other variants of the mass formala program.

Despite all difficulties Heim still found time also to type small joke programs for his wife from time to time. Often Heim sat at his PC whole night.

Most of his work wouldn't been possible without the helping hand of his wife. Gerda Heim typed his publications and inserted formulas by hand. Because of his reduced sight Burkhard Heim was not able to read any books, letters or articles. His wife was reading them to him. So correspondence to him was nearly impossible too. The best way to communicate with Burkhard Heim was to phone him.

Gerda Heim had a hard stroke of fate in her live too. Her dream was to act as a singer in concert halls. She had every reason to look forward to a successful career as a singer. Already during the war some people called her "Silesian nightingale". She acted even in a film together with Marika Roeck. Then it occurred by a tonsil operation – her voice took such a damage that this dream ended forever.

In May 1996 Burkhard Heim suffered a brief paralysis. He had driven in a taxi to the station because he wanted to travel. Suddenly he could not move any longer when he wanted to step out. Afterwards further short transitorily ischemic attacks followed (temporary brief consciousness loss by blood circulation disturbances). He got medicines lowering coagulation of blood, this weakened further accumulations. In autumn 1996 these medicines were omitted because of an operational intervention which is usual. However he did not get them back after this. Still during his hospitalization in Northeim he suffered a stroke at Christmas 1996, which bound him to bed for long time. He was almost completely paralyzed and could not speak for some days.
When I visited the Heim family a half year later, Burkhard Heim still had to fight with consequences of the stroke. By the long downtime many muscles were no longer trained, and he had to learn many simple activities again such as rising from bed or going up- and downstairs. Burkhard Heim was like always full of ideas in his mind and it was difficult for him to bear that his body did not wanted it to do as fast as he would. Despite daily attempts work on PC was not possible again yet.
Of course these weeks of fearing were particularly heavy for Mrs. Heim in several respects. It's not easy to structure hope for recovery and patience again and again each day. Mrs. Heim was a very spiritual woman. With large patience she helped her man to overcome this time. In the meantime his health is better though still much more muscle training is necessary. (1988)

Each time I visited them Mrs. Heim has pampered me too. She was cooking very delicious dishes and I always looked forward to this meals as the fix points of my days.

Every time I look at this photo of Burkhard Heim and his wife I'm impressed deeply by their joy of life both of them radiate though they were tested so heavily by fate. Often I thought even if it were only that – even this alone is very much what we can learn from Burkhard Heim.

Olaf Posdzech
in spring 1998
used material: different articles, publishing program of Resch publishing house, stories by Burkhard Heim

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© Olaf Posdzech, 1998