Posts Tagged ‘gravitational theory’

21 Noise

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The first clue that the aether might be ‘noisy’, even dominated by noise, is in the question of light detection. Light spreads out in the manner of a wave, and this means that very little of the emitted energy is available for detection at any point. Current theory accepts, incorrectly as it appears, that all the emitted energy arrives at a single reception event. Since it considers any existence between emission and detection as more mathematical than real, it talks about this detection as the ‘collapse of the wavefunction’, and the destruction of a photon. The new model does not support any of this. Unphysical talk about light sounds like nonsense because it is nonsense. (more…)

8 The fall of physics: gravitational theory

Monday, April 19th, 2010

After false starts in 1911 and 1914, Einstein in 1915 rushed out a short paper giving him priority over Hilbert on the highly mathematical ‘general relativity’, and expanded on it in the following year[i]. Minkowski[ii] in 1909 had identified that a relativity theory required a relativistic approach to measurements, encapsulated in a ‘metric’, and general relativity provided a metrical structure for gravitational phenomena based upon a highly generalised mathematical form created for multi-dimensional topology by Bernhard Riemann. It is the detail of a metric that determines whether or not it will work, and this was provided by Karl Schwarzschild in a letter to Einstein in December 1915.

A key point is that this theory, while metrical, is not relativistic in the sense emphasised earlier by Einstein and Poincaré. Kenyon (1990), in a much-used textbook, put it as follows: (more…)