About
Rich Levinson
(web site begun: 09/2017)

A Word About Me

Hi, my name is Rich Levinson, and the reason I am developing this web site is to follow up on the work I did on X-ray pulsars between 1971 and 1973.

That work included making the discoveries that both Cen X-3 and Her X-1 are members of close binary systems and their x-rays are fueled by interacting with the atmospheres of their respective companions.
In addition, I also discovered that unlike all the other isolated pulsars known at that time that had spin rates that are slowing down, the spin rates of the binary x-ray pulsars have spin rates that are actually speeding up.

After 1973, I transitioned my career into software engineering, where I remained until I recently retired and have more time to dedicate to this work on the pulsars.

On October 6, 1974, after my wife, Betsy, and I, brought our first child, Robbie, into the world, I later that morning had some moments of deep reflection.
As my mind wandered, I suddenly realized that there is a fundamental contradiction in the theory that supernova explosions create neutron star pulsars, which I could never resolve with the earlier discoveries of binary x-ray pulsars that I had made.

The contradiction is that if, as observed, supernova explosions are associated with fast pulsars that are spinning down, and close binary pulsars are slow and spinning up, then the explanation that the supernova produced the pulsar must be false, and the opposite must be true. i.e. it must be that the pulsar caused the supernova explosion.

This web site is dedicated to exploring the implications of this logic, which may possibly lead us to a whole new conceptualization for understanding the observations of the many branches of astrophysics.

It is also essential to mention that in the years that followed the initial 1974 discovery, Betsy, Rob, and our other two children, Peter and Hillary have encouraged me to keep this theory alive, and so, as a result, the Neutron Star Capture Theory is now ready to be introduced to all who may be interested.

I invite your comments and related information on the topic. www.secretofthepulsars.com

Let’s have a dialogue. I also have a Social Media page
which I urge you to “like,” & an email address below.