Search FQXi


If you are aware of an interesting new academic paper (that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal or has appeared on the arXiv), a conference talk (at an official professional scientific meeting), an external blog post (by a professional scientist) or a news item (in the mainstream news media), which you think might make an interesting topic for an FQXi blog post, then please contact us at forums@fqxi.org with a link to the original source and a sentence about why you think that the work is worthy of discussion. Please note that we receive many such suggestions and while we endeavour to respond to them, we may not be able to reply to all suggestions.

Please also note that we do not accept unsolicited posts and we cannot review, or open new threads for, unsolicited articles or papers. Requests to review or post such materials will not be answered. If you have your own novel physics theory or model, which you would like to post for further discussion among then FQXi community, then please add them directly to the "Alternative Models of Reality" thread, or to the "Alternative Models of Cosmology" thread. Thank you.

Contests Home


Previous Contests

What Is “Fundamental”
October 28, 2017 to January 22, 2018
Sponsored by the Fetzer Franklin Fund and The Peter & Patricia Gruber Foundation
read/discusswinners

Wandering Towards a Goal
How can mindless mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention?
December 2, 2016 to March 3, 2017
Contest Partner: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Fund.
read/discusswinners

Trick or Truth: The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics
Contest Partners: Nanotronics Imaging, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, and The John Templeton Foundation
Media Partner: Scientific American

read/discusswinners

How Should Humanity Steer the Future?
January 9, 2014 - August 31, 2014
Contest Partners: Jaan Tallinn, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American
read/discusswinners

It From Bit or Bit From It
March 25 - June 28, 2013
Contest Partners: The Gruber Foundation, J. Templeton Foundation, and Scientific American
read/discusswinners

Questioning the Foundations
Which of Our Basic Physical Assumptions Are Wrong?
May 24 - August 31, 2012
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, SubMeta, and Scientific American
read/discusswinners

Is Reality Digital or Analog?
November 2010 - February 2011
Contest Partners: The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation and Scientific American
read/discusswinners

What's Ultimately Possible in Physics?
May - October 2009
Contest Partners: Astrid and Bruce McWilliams
read/discusswinners

The Nature of Time
August - December 2008
read/discusswinners

Forum Home
Introduction
Terms of Use

Order posts by:
 chronological order
 most recent first

Posts by the author are highlighted in orange; posts by FQXi Members are highlighted in blue.

By using the FQXi Forum, you acknowledge reading and agree to abide by the Terms of Use

 RSS feed | RSS help
RECENT POSTS IN THIS TOPIC

Peggy: on 2/27/09 at 0:01am UTC, wrote Great work, Randall B!!!!

Narendra Nath: on 12/24/08 at 13:08pm UTC, wrote Dear Randall, the lete posting made me see your essay so late. It has made...

Brian Beverly: on 12/3/08 at 7:43am UTC, wrote I understand the sentence, "Distances are always whore numbers" is a typo....

Ken Sasaki.: on 12/3/08 at 1:46am UTC, wrote Dear Dr./Mr. Floit: Thank you for your article reconsidering absolute...

Randall B Floit: on 12/2/08 at 14:45pm UTC, wrote Essay Abstract Modern science recognizes three major theories as...


RECENT FORUM POSTS

Robert McEachern: "Eckard, "I just doubt that arbitrarily chosen phase reference... reflect..." in Dissolving Quantum...

Robert McEachern: "Stefan, "This would mean that a certain particle has some knowledge, some..." in Grants awarded for...

Stefan Weckbach: "Robert, yes, of course, infinitely many „betweens“ all the way down..." in Grants awarded for...

Eckard Blumschein: "Rob, You "do not believe that a (real-valued) cosine transform is more..." in Dissolving Quantum...

Lokesh Bisht: "Junk DNA is an unfortunate choice of name, since it immediately devalues..." in Are We Merging With Our...

Angels Vedas: "Beautifully designed Rose Quartz earrings drawn in sterling silver to bring..." in Constructing a Theory of...

Angels Vedas: "Throw away all your worries by putting on this handcrafted Azurite bracelet..." in Constructing a Theory of...

EthelL Marquez: "Looking for experienced lawyers Sydney CBD? Visit The Dymocks Building...." in Quantum Physics, Mini...


RECENT ARTICLES
click titles to read articles

Dissolving Quantum Paradoxes
The impossibility of building a perfect clock could help explain away microscale weirdness.

Constructing a Theory of Life
An all-encompassing framework of physics could help to explain the evolution of consciousness, intelligence, and free will.

Usurping Quantum Theory
The search is on for a fundamental framework that allows for even stranger links between particles than quantum theory—which could lead us to a theory of everything.

Fuzzballs v Black Holes
A radical theory replaces the cosmic crunchers with fuzzy quantum spheres, potentially solving the black-hole information paradox and explaining away the Big Bang and the origin of time.

Whose Physics Is It Anyway? Q&A with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Why physics and astronomy communities must take diversity issues seriously in order to do good science.


FQXi FORUM
December 19, 2018

CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: The Case for Absolute Time by Randall B Floit [refresh]
Bookmark and Share
Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Randall B Floit wrote on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 14:45 GMT
Essay Abstract

Modern science recognizes three major theories as useful in describing our physical reality. Each useful within definable limits, but each also containing unrealistic elements that indicate their current descriptions are either incomplete or that reality itself may well not be realistic in terms of a common sense reality based on Euclidean Space and Absolute Time. Classical Theory using Newtonian Mechanics although still useful in general application is not expected to produce a complete solution for physics, one reason being that Special Relativity the requirement of Absolute Time in Classical Physics not to be valid. General Relativity Theory and Quantum Mechanics are the remaining theories from which a more complete Physics explaining reality is expected to be found. During the search for that explanation with one of these two incompatible theories, I believe science has established principles and observations sufficient to demonstrate the rejection of Absolute Time as premature. Reevaluating excepted facts of current physics can establish a Local Absolute Time, including a locally preferred frame of reference. And from that foundation, a universal Absolute Time should be a realistic expectation of reality. The case for both these versions of Absolute Time is made here.

Author Bio

A registered Professional Engineer now retired (Electronics & Communication Systems) focused on Independent Private Research in applying a realistic rational approach to the problems of Physics and Reality to find solutions that could indicate reality is in fact realistic within the bounds of an version of Absolute Time and Space that also respects the Einstein view of a Local Reality.

Download Essay PDF File

Bookmark and Share



Ken Sasaki. wrote on Dec. 3, 2008 @ 01:46 GMT
Dear Dr./Mr. Floit:

Thank you for your article reconsidering absolute time. I agree with you about the merits of a concept such as absolute time.

If I may make a suggestion, I think that you might be able to make your point about simultaneity more clearly, if you were to use space-time diagrams. That way, you could represent events as seen in each reference frame, while plotting the other frames in the diagram of the chosen frame (using diagonal axes).

Also, there is a theory that recognizes a “preferred frame” (rest frame), often called the Lorentz-Poincaré Ether theory, which uses the same mathematics as Special Relativity and agrees with all observations to date. If you are interested, more information can be had on the Wikipedia web site, at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_ether_theory

Also, I discuss this theory and give further references, in my essay, at:

http://fqxi.org/data/essay-contest-files/Sasaki._TDoT.pdf


Thanks again, for the essay.

Take care,

Ken.

Bookmark and Share



Brian Beverly wrote on Dec. 3, 2008 @ 07:43 GMT
I understand the sentence, "Distances are always whore numbers" is a typo. But it does make sense because both physics and pimping are not easy.

You try and resolve the twin paradox without acceleration. What about the principle of equivalence?

Bookmark and Share



Narendra Nath wrote on Dec. 24, 2008 @ 13:08 GMT
Dear Randall,

the lete posting made me see your essay so late. It has made a fresh approach to theme of this competition by projecting the idea of Absolute Time under locality restriction.

May i pose some queries as below:-

1. Why there are different values being associated with the CMB frequency?

2.Graviton being unobserved thus far, what will be the consequences if the speed of gravittaional interaction is found to 'c' or even greater or less than 'c'?

3. How can one measure the mass density prevalent at the instant of Big bang or 1/2 billion years later compared to the current value? Rates of local Absolute Times depend on such considerations!

4. What will be the consequence for the mass/energy equivalence , including the possibility of higher value for 'c' in early universe to the value measured presently?

i must say it was refreshing to go through your presentation of new conceptual framework which has the right logic. Best wishes for your freelance approach to modern physics!

Bookmark and Share



Peggy wrote on Feb. 27, 2009 @ 00:01 GMT
Great work, Randall B!!!!

Bookmark and Share



Login or create account to post reply or comment.

Please enter your e-mail address:
Note: Joining the FQXi mailing list does not give you a login account or constitute membership in the organization.