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Old Mar 14th 2018, 06:14 AM   #1
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Uh oh!

It's come to my intention that my paper Einstein's Gravitational Field was used by a member of the Natural Philosophy Alliance which is an organization which is "an organization which believes there are fundamental flaws in theories such as relativity"

Sigh! My good intentions misused.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...stream_science
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Old Mar 14th 2018, 07:09 AM   #2
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It's come to my intention that my paper Einstein's Gravitational Field was used by a member of the Natural Philosophy Alliance which is an organization which is "an organization which believes there are fundamental flaws in theories such as relativity"

Sigh! My good intentions misused.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...stream_science
It happens. Don't take it personally.

Also, do you have a link to your paper?
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Old Mar 14th 2018, 08:44 AM   #3
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It happens. Don't take it personally.
Never did and never will. I'm a bit curious as Why would you think that I'd take it personally or that it doesn't happen? Being a physicist for 28 years has prepared me for a great deal.

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Also, do you have a link to your paper?
https://arxiv.org/pdf/physics/0204044

I have a copy of the letter Einstein wrote in which he stated his reasons for saying that one should not think of gravity as a curvature in spacetime. Want me to e-mail it to you?

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Old Mar 14th 2018, 07:05 PM   #4
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As an example of crank see this YouTube video



In this video the crank tries to "correct" me regarding a mistake Einstein made in his 1905 paper on special relativity. I'm far from being alone in my statement. An authority in relativity is Hans C. Ohanian who explains this in his book Einstein's Mistakes. And Ohanian is highly respected. The crank ignored that fact too.

I placed that part of Ohanian's text on my website at:
http://www.newenglandphysics.org/oth...rd_Mistake.pdf

Start reading where he speaks of Einstein's Third Mistake. I could have easily created a YouTube video to correct him but who really cares about what cranks claim? He made a few more about me which I also ignore. Life is way too short for childish things like that.

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Old Mar 16th 2018, 07:41 AM   #5
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I have a copy of the letter Einstein wrote in which he stated his reasons for saying that one should not think of gravity as a curvature in spacetime. Want me to e-mail it to you?
I'd like to see it.
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Old Mar 17th 2018, 09:55 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by MikeFontenot View Post
I'd like to see it.
I thought it would be simple to find it amongst my papers but I was wrong. I have a collection of journal articles about 4 feet high and it will take a while to dig through them all and I have no plans on doing it in one day.

However the relevant passage is in my paper Einstein's gravitational field which is online at: https://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0204044


Einstein protested when Max von Laue stated that it was the Riemann tensor that was the only representation of the gravitational field and wrote a letter to him saying
... what characterizes the existence of a gravitational field from the empirical
standpoint is the non-vanishing of the components of [the affine connection],
not the vanishing of the [components of the Riemann tensor]. If one does
not think in such intuitive (anschaulich) ways, one cannot grasp why
something like curvature should have anything at all to do with gravitation.
In any case, no rational person would have hit upon anything otherwise. The
key to the understanding of the equality of gravitational mass and inertial
mass would have been missing.
I may have quoted him wrong though. I think it should have read "not the non-vanishing of the [components of the Riemann tensor]. "

I'll eventually find it though.

I recommend the reading the article Why Einstein did not believe that general relativity geometrizes gravity which is available at Why Einstein did not believe that General Relativity geometrizes gravity - Philsci-Archive

This article was published in a journal, i.e.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...55219813000695

By the way. I left home to do a bit of shopping, leaving those papers on the floor. When I got back I found that my cat Scooter peed on that paper. He's never studied GR so take that for what's its worth,

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Old Mar 22nd 2018, 11:16 AM   #7
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I'm back. I guess I only needed a day away from here. I was very disappointed in the other forum. I.e. I'm working on an article on the so-called opioid crisis and the deaths related to overdose and the excuse that people shouldn't take opioids because they might die. So I started thinking about other treatments which there is no risk of death. Then some wise guy said all treatments involve risk of death. So, being irritated, I clarified that I as speaking about a treatments with no reasonable risk, like taking Tylenol. I.e. treatments which my doctor would recommend without thinking I might die from it. Things for which death is extremely rare. E.g. .001 probability of death.

That didn't change the responses since they kept coming back with the same poor responses like "Wrong. Tylenol is not safe. You could get <some disease I forget the name> and die" which means he was totally ignoring what I just said. I also said that the treatment of counseling doesn't have a risk of death and some shmuck replied that I was wrong because I could get a germ from another patient and die. What an idiot. I can get killed taking the bus to the grocery store. That doesn't mean grocery shopping can kill you.

Some people just love to say you're wrong no matter how dumb it is or what you're question is really about.

I haven't seen that level of foolishness here so I came back.
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