Thursday, November 30, 2006

This Week's Action

There may be some happy news concerning childbirth soon. After more than a week, the discussion is still raging at Clifford Johnson's Asymptotia. The questions have been well-informed and entertaining. Pardons if I tick people off, but experience shows that some people wouldn't believe a slowing c if their car rear-ended a photon. Some comments reproduced below:

5 Comments:

Blogger CarlBrannen said...

By repeatedly reading this, I've reached the point where I can ask questions somewhat less stupid than before.

About the nature of the equation R=cT. (I've capitalized the t because I think that this is in the spirit of the definition.)

For any given event, T is defined as the age of the universe at that event. c(T) is the local speed of light. R(T) is the product c(T)T, which is the local measurement of the size of the universe. Correct?

Now R(T) does not correspond to a direction that one can point in, so it is, in a sense, an extra dimension to the usual 3+1. Not only do I think that this is natural, I think that it is physical and corresponds to a hidden dimension. In my version of QM, it will be the dimension in which waves and particles are distinguished.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Cool, Carl! I'm really glad you are thinking about this. And yes, these ideas are physical, which is why it is so frustrating when physicists refuse to even discuss it.

I had a great time at the workshop, learning a lot of (useless looking but not really useless) fancy maths.

3:36 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

You have it right, Carl. A capital T might be a good idea.

Kea, I am glad you had a good time in Canberra. It is nice to get out of Sydney sometimes.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous tommaso said...

Hi Babe,

I read your paper, and sort of understood the main lines, although my cosmology education is worse than it should be. What I do not get from your blog is the reaction of the establishment to your ideas. Can you clarify the status of things in a post ? Or here, if you prefer.

Cheers,
T.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Peter Fred said...

Louise

Over at Asymptotia, you make the argument that if gravity can bend light, then it can just as likely slow down the speed of light.

Supposedly, gravity can bent light because "mass can warp space" . But this opens up a further problem. What inherent, essential qualities does mass have that would allow it to transmit these qualities through a vacuum and warp space or attract mass?

Newton was very much concerned with this problem and asked his readers to be also concerned which I do not think they have (to the detriment of the science and technology that followed him). With a luminosity-based gravity theory the cause of gravity and the means to transmit through a vacuum is not a problem.

5:51 AM  

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