Tag Archives: gravitational fields

Retrospect on Prof. Hawking’s Research Project

Physics World has compiled what they see as key articles of “the legendary cosmologist and mathematical physicist” Hawking laid out his research vision in his 1981 inaugural lecture, Is the End in Sight for Theoretical Physics?   There, Hawking thought that the … Continue reading

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Do details in LIGO’s signals distinguish ‘frozen stars’ from ‘black hole’ interpretations

R. J. Spivey argues that “Coincident down-chirps in GW150914 betray the absence of event  horizons”.  The LIGO discovery is said to confirm Einstein’s gravitation theory, yet Einstein (in 1939) gave mathematical grounds for dismissing the notion that black holes exist, … Continue reading

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Why Space has Three Dimensions

Why Space has Three Dimensions   – see Matthew Chalmers, New Sci 28 Sept 2013 That space is 3-D follows from electromagnetic and gravitational theory, both being experimentally validated and both free of quantum theory’s offence to views of reality (Chalmers, … Continue reading

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Gravitational collapse without black holes

The contemporary notion of black holes originates in Oppenheimer and Snyder’s 1939 article “On Continued Gravitational Contraction” (Phys. Rev. 56:455, 1939).  Later Roger Penrose (Phys. Rev. Lett. 14:57, 1965)  showed that the O&S metric gave rise to trapped surfaces, ie. … Continue reading

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Black Holes and whacky physics on BBC’s Horizon

The Horizon programme’s Who’s afraid of a big black hole (BBC2 16 Feb. and BBC4 19 Feb. 2012) shows how badly so-called ‘leading physicists’ have departed from solid analytical physics. This programme was a vehicle for physics-mystics; giving up on making their … Continue reading

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The Higgs after Einstein’s Unified Field Theory

After the Higgs  mania, in the cold light of 2012, let’s think back to the basic scepticism of reality-physicists for the current ‘standard model’ and string ‘theory’ – which is a string of conjectures without principles such as energy conservation.  Einstein wrote in the 1931 Commemoration … Continue reading

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Peroration on the Fiction of Nothing

The Guest Editorial by Brian Greene in New Scientist is a pretentious peroration in favour of ‘nothing’ – of beliefs that space is empty – and shows the poverty of reductionist physics. He’s wrong that Isaac Newton saw space as empty, … Continue reading

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