Physics Professor and Scientist Settles in to Take On the Theory of Gravity

July 16, 2010

Photo credit: Nasser Azam via Wikimedia Commons

(ChattahBox) – A professor and scientists from Amsterdam has released a controversial paper that delves into his theory of gravity as an illusion, rather than a verifiable physical law.

Professor Erik Verlinde of the University of Amsterdam has caused a major stir withing the psychics world in the past, with his assertions that gravity is not an absolute, but an illusion created from another source. But his new paper has created an especially significant uproar.

His paper, ‘On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton’, alleges that gravity is actually a consequence of the laws of thermodynamics, a theory which has become more popular among a group of scientists who say we have misunderstood the nature of gravity for hundreds of years.

The paper begins by giving the abstract.

“Abstract: Starting from first principles and general assumptions Newton’s law of gravitation is shown to arise naturally and unavoidably in a theory in which space is emergent through a holographic scenario. Gravity is explained as an entropic force caused by changes in the information associated with the positions of material bodies. A relativistic generalization of the presented arguments directly leads to the Einstein equations. When space is emergent even Newton’s law of inertia needs to be explained. The equivalence principle leads us to conclude that it is actually this law of inertia whose origin is entropic.”

His report can be seen in full here.


Comments

6 Responses to “Physics Professor and Scientist Settles in to Take On the Theory of Gravity”

  1. Mr Nonsense on July 16th, 2010 3:35 pm

    Interesting… i didnt know the psychic world was so interested in gravity…

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  6. Chris on August 18th, 2010 10:59 pm

    ” caused a major stir withing the psychics world…”

    You would have thought the psychics (sp) would have seen this coming.

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