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Author Keith Clemens wrote on Feb. 16, 2011 @ 12:01 GMT
Essay Abstract

In a manner somewhat reminiscent of Feynman’s method of describing QED by summing vectors, I describe how mass, velocity, the ticking of clocks and gravitation can be described using geometry and summing discrete vectors and vector magnitudes. The resulting model agrees completely with Einstein’s special relativity and provides an attractive Machian alternative to general relativity which agrees with tests of general relativity.

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Keith Clemens is an independent thinker.

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Alan Lowey wrote on Feb. 17, 2011 @ 12:44 GMT
Hi Keith, I can't access your pdf essay at the moment but I'm interested in your abstract and the mention of the use of vectors. It reminded me of the idea of a graviton being a helical screw structure which has ORIENTATION. This makes a helical screw model of the graviton a vector quantity doesn't it? I'll have a look at your essay later. Bye for now,

Alan

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Alan Lowey replied on Feb. 18, 2011 @ 11:07 GMT
I've now read your essay and liked the idea of suspending belief about the accepted paradigm. I couldn't follow the maths as I'm non-mathematically minded but your idea to use vectors for the gravity force and for mass rang a bell with me. It reminded me of the competition held shortly after Newton's declaration of his gravity law to explain the tides. The mathematician that won used vectors to explain the bulging effect due to a planetary gravity gradient. I suspect that his solution was too simplistic in that it assumes the Earth to composed of everyday matter from crust to core, which isn't necessarily the case in reality though. I'm sure matter has a vector quantity and shouldn't be considered as Newton describes in his simple equation, which suffices for planetary motion.

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Author Keith Clemens replied on Feb. 18, 2011 @ 19:21 GMT
Thanks for your interest Alan. For the non-mathematically minded reader such as yourself the paper's core ideas can be understood using fairly simple geometry so that one can understand how the vectors behave in a more visual way. By simply stretching an ellipse we can achieve the same results as using the formulas.

I did a quick search for the mathematician who used vectors to describe the tides but could not find anything. Was this perhaps prior to Newton? Let me know if you recall the name.

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Alan Lowey replied on Feb. 19, 2011 @ 11:36 GMT
I got this reply from an online forum where I discuss the same topic:

"Firstly, Newton did NOT set a competition to explain tides. Indeed, he offered a direct explanation for tides in the second volume of his Principia Mathmatica (abr). The competition WAS held, but by the French Royal Academy of Science over 10 years after Newtons death. This was jointly won by four people, one of whom (Colin Maclaurin), who DID point out that a hypothetically smooth surface, entirely submerged in a suitably deep body of water, WOULD from an oblate spheroid. The other three winners investigated how water would move under in such an environment, but it took Laplace's development of Partial Differential Equations some years later to correlate the horizontal and vertical movement of water into something approaching tide dynamics."

Here's the vector diagram I was thinking of Tidal Bulging Due to Gravity Gradient and here's Laplace's tidal equations. Now imagine that the innermost core behaves differently. It's much more tricky to model in this scenario. A 360 mile innermost core has been identified by Harvard professors Earth's New Center May Be The Seed Of Our Planet's Formation, which adds fuel to this hypothesis imo.

I hope you can begin to see what I'm getting at Keith. All the best. Alan

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Peter Jackson wrote on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 10:16 GMT
Keith

Just having a last minute check through unread essays and came across yours.

I don't have time now to read it properly but I think you have a glimpse of a very important geometrical logic wrt relativity. I've just given you a high score.

Please read mine (easy reading) and you may make an amazing conceptual link.

Best wishes

Peter

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Peter Jackson wrote on Mar. 15, 2011 @ 10:17 GMT
Ooops, forgot yhe link; http://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/803

Hope you have time (and to score it! - if you can viusualise the dynamic picture)

many thanks

Peter

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