"Gravity Dimension"

by Charles A. Yost

Proceedings of the
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON NEW ENERGY
Denver, Colorado, USA
April 16–18,1993


No one has measured the speed of gravity. Tom Van Flandem, Ph.D., (astronomy), wrote an article "On the Speed of Gravity," that appeared in Galilean Electrodynamics. Dr. Flandem reminds us that in order to satisfy classic orbital mechanics and to assure the stability of the solar system, that the speed of gravity must be at least 10 billion times faster than the speed of light! If the speed of gravity were any slower, the solar system would be unstable. He also cites Eddington (1920), who was of similar mind. Peter Beckmann, in Einstein Plus Two, notes that LaPlace in 1785 calculated that gravity had to be at least 100 million times faster than the speed of light (page 165). In short, gravity is instantaneous. This raises some interesting questions about atoms.

At the atomic level, gravity is minuscule. In the atom, gravity is 40 orders of magnitude smaller than the electrical force. It is impossible to say under this circumstance if gravity exists as a separate entity at the atomic level, or if it is a resulting, innate part caused by charge separation. Classically, gravity is always associated with mass. The subatomic particle has a measure of mass, although it is measured using its own electric and magnetic properties. The gravity factor is assumed to exist with the charges and their mass. This sets up the suspicion of a connection between electricity and gravity.

If gravity has a nearly infinite velocity, and if it is a constituent of every atom, we can hypothesize that every atom has instant communication with every other atom. The communication would be through a dimension in the atom that we can only recognize as, and call, "gravity." If this is so, then gravity needs to be recognized as a fundamental dimension with properties of zero time, and having instant spatial connection with all other atoms in our three-dimensional world. In effect, this is a kind of structural coordinate to any part of the universe. Perhaps someone with the necessary physics and mathematical background can evaluate this hypothesis.

It seems that "gravity" may be a legitimate dimension in the same sense as we consider length, time, mass, and charge as dimensions. "Gravity" is at the seat of every atomic mass and thereby exists only in association with electric and magnetic forces. If gravity is one of instant information transfer in another dimension, its relationship to electric charge in our 3-dimensional space-time world is going to be much different than gravity field distortion.


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