Back to Newtonian Time?
Thomas E. Phipps Jr.
Physics Essays, Volume 22, No. 2, pp. 124-134, 2009
Abstract: An alternative approach to relativistic physics is reviewed, based on an invariant formulation of electromagnetic field theory due to Hertz. Both electromagnetism and mechanics are shown to be subject to reformulation whereby true invariance replaces „universal covariance.“ The invariant feature of Einstein’s
theory, proper time, is retained, but is supplemented for convenience in describing many-body motions by a generalized form of frame time termed „collective time“ (CT), patterned on Global Positioning System (GPS) time. CT resembles Newton’s absolute time in regard to environmental independence, but is shown to satisfy a form of relativity principle. A crucial experiment is described involving accurate measurement of stellar aberration at second order by means of the Very Long-Based Interferometry (VLBI) system. This would decide definitively between the Hertz and Maxwell-Einstein formulations of electromagnetism. Another experiment that I proposed earlier,3 involving in-orbit light speed measurement, is disavowed, since I now recognize it as not crucial. This paper sums up a half-century of my dissident thinking in physics and forms a concluding testament.
- 19. Juli 2012