Why is gravity an illusion?

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Erik Verlinde, Theoretical Physicist at Amsterdam

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Erik Verlinde The theoretical physicist believes that gravity is an emergent phenomenon, not the elemental “force” that Newton and Einstein theorized it to be. He thinks it is the result of patterns of complex, microscopic phenomena.

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Is it time to tear apart the fabric of space-time?

August 9, 2010 § 1 Comment

Is it time to tear apart the fabric of space-time? (Image: Chrisos Maggans)Another “Theory of Everything” to think about. This guy is taking on Einstein. You have to admire his courage.

“And so space-time – the malleable fabric whose geometry can be changed by the gravity of stars, planets and matter – was born. It is a concept that has served us well, but if physicist Petr Horava is right, it may be no more than a mirage. Horava, who is at the University of California, Berkeley, wants to rip this fabric apart and set time and space free from one another in order to come up with a unified theory that reconciles the disparate worlds of quantum mechanics and gravity – one the most pressing challenges to modern physics.” Read the full story

via Rethinking Einstein: The end of space-time – physics-math – 09 August 2010 – New Scientist.

A Scientist Takes On Gravity – NYTimes.com

August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Once again our concepts of reality are being challenged. I just love that. This time it is the sacred gravity, what fun. This was a mind bending read, especially having just re-watched the Matrix last night. Not that there is any connection, I am just drawing a correlation to everything being an illusion.

“It’s hard to imagine a more fundamental and ubiquitous aspect of life on the Earth than gravity, from the moment you first took a step and fell on your diapered bottom to the slow terminal sagging of flesh and dreams.

But what if it’s all an illusion, a sort of cosmic frill, or a side effect of something else going on at deeper levels of reality?

So says Erik Verlinde, 48, a respected string theorist and professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, whose contention that gravity is indeed an illusion has caused a continuing ruckus among physicists, or at least among those who profess to understand it. Reversing the logic of 300 years of science, he argued in a recent paper, titled “On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton,” that gravity is a consequence of the venerable laws of thermodynamics, which describe the behavior of heat and gases.” Please read the full Story

via A Scientist Takes On Gravity – NYTimes.com.

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