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  1. Sure, it is theoretically possible, since the vacuum is dynamic.


    Curving spacetime is enough to make distances shorten. This is the same idea, except in your case, you want it over large distances I'd expect.

  2. Alcubierre drive (if I spelled that right) moves spacetime rather than the object in question, if that is what you have in mind.


    The drive itself is hypothetical but is allowable by physical laws. It could make an object move at or even over the speed of light.

  3. I have a question... now this is based on memory, if I have anything wrong, please correct me...



    We have natural numbers, then it is imaginary numbers, then we work with quarternions, then it's... Octonians and then it is the Cayley numbers? Is that right? I hope there is nothing inbetween...



    ... anyway, I understand imaginary numbers and quarternions, I am a bit vague on Octonians and how many numbers they involve... but why does everything stop at the Cayley Number... is it something to do with the Division Ring?

  4. Aethelwulf,



    Energy has many categories to it: EM radiation, momentum, relative motion, potential energy, Zero Point Energy, etc. Even unrealized energy, AKA potential energy, and the list goes on. My perspective is that energy is a relative condition concerning matter, but concerning EM radiation its nature can depend upon variations of theory. Energy, like dimensions, and time, are an explanation of measurement. Measurement is not physical. EM radiation, for instance, might have physical particles associated with it however.



    EM radiation, for instance, supposedly has physical constituents in the form of quanta AKA photons. There also may be background field particulates like dark matter, Higg's particles, etc. If background field particles are involved with the propagation, or being the carrier of EM radiation, for example, then I think that "etherial" might be the proper word for the propagating medium.



    In my view there is a difference between substantive and massive. Mass, simply described, is a measurable characteristic that can be made within a gravitational field, measured in weight then converted into standard mass units. Substance might be like a photon at rest, it could have existence but no mass. Its energy when traveling at the speed of light is what gives it a mass equivalence. When traveling far below "light speed" such as in a solid or liquid, photons can have much less linear velocity but the asserted cause of this is deflection by the medium so that much of its energy of linear motion might be lost to the medium producing heat and maybe detected in the form of an increased temperature.


    I think "energy," like "time," is just a man-invented concept, but a good one in my opinion :) Does this seem reasonable to you? :)



    Yes, energy and time are indeed measurements... However, the concept of observables puts into place a difference between energy and time... for instance; A good example of an observable would be spin. Even energy particles, like a photon has a spin which is a measurable property of particles. Time is not an observable in physics.


    So for this reason, I can agree that time is an invented concept. The word ''energy'' is also a concept we invented, but it surely was to describe ''a real thing'' .... whilst time is arguably something of more a book -keeping of events - like a clock measures a second pass, a clock is invented to measure that second pass. But energy is different, it has real physical effects on the world... whereas time is more like a coefficient to real events, if that makes sense at all?


    Again, time is not an observable, so I completely agree from this point of view.

  5. who ever has invented the idea of big bang theory,has mised to say that big bang is just a recycle of universe ,if it is? and it is correct in my view ,just see the natures sign

    water and vapour and rain recycle ,seed tree and seed recycle ,birth and death recycle.energy to matter recycle.matter to energy recycle, and many many recycles ,so in my bold view there could not be any begining and end ,but only recycle


    The way you word this, forgive me for saying, sounds as delusional as a pre-industrial teacher.

  6. There are cases I might be able to come to agree on that energy is physically meaningless, like for instance, the self energy of an electron.


    [math]U_{e} = \int_{|\vec{r}| \leq R} \frac{\epsilon_0}{2}E^2 d\vec{r} = \int_{R}^{\infty} \frac{e^2}{8\pi \epsilon_0 r^2}dr[/math]


    When [math]R=0[/math] the energy of an electron is infinite. So basically all ''pointlike'' particles like electrons should have infinities energies - but they don't. This would be a case where the energy for me is defined as an ''unphysical case''.


    Of course, one way to solve this is by saying there is some kind of classical electron radius [math]r_0 = 2R[/math] but you say that normally to a scientist and they may call you a psuedoscientist. We should in my opinion, believe that there is an experimental limit on particles sizes, that below a certain threshold, whether a particle is pointlike or not, there will always be experiments which show they still act like pointlike particles, which is entirely conceivable.


    Back to the question of conservation for a universe, I don't quite know what you had in mind for the lack of conservation for a universe ''bringing in the meaning of energy'', but what I had in mind when you said this, I think of conserved quantities that are associated to the generators of the theory such as


    [math]UU^{\dagger} = (1 + i \epsilon T)(1 - i \epsilon T^{\dagger})[/math]


    which gives




    Where [math]T[/math] is the generator. This is of course is Noethers Theorem in a nutshell - a simple Noether Theorem example would be


    [math]q_i \rightarrow \phi_i + \epsilon f_i (q)[/math]


    Which is just a transformation with a small parameter in it, neglecting it we have


    [math]\sum_i P_i f_i (q)[/math]


    would be conserved if


    [math]\delta L = 0[/math]


    As I am sure you know, the system doesn't change, conserves it's quantity... but if this kind of idea does not work for the universe as a whole, perhaps we need to start defining our conservation laws into two distinct set of groups, the global case and the local case. Local Conservation works well, in the Global case it seems to break apart.... the question is why? Well we don't know, but perhaps there is a striking similarity to being unable to find a Global time. Indeed, to make a symmetry transformation on the energy of the universe, you'd need a Global time. Time in GR relativity vanishes completely http://en.wikipedia....DeWitt_equation and http://arxiv.org/pdf/0909.1861v1.pdf helps to explain the vanishing time derivative of the global wave function. Now, the meaning of energy for a global description may just be the same as the description of energy on local levels except for a small tweak, we might find for instance that energy is leaking from the universe which causes the non-conservational properties, or we might find that there is some kind of intrinsic link between the accelerated expansion of the universe and the non-conservation, or even both.

  7. No. The SC metric is not inconsistent. It is a perfectly admisible solution to the Hilbert & Einstein equations under well-defined physical assumptions. And, as already said before, the SC metric has been well tested in half dozen of different tests. In fact, the SC metric is probably the best tested metric of general relativity. Your claim that "the Schwartzschild metric does not really purport to a real type of object" is unfounded.


    Modifications to the SC metric are known as well.


    Are you trying to be obtuse?


    We have already agreed that it is inconsistent inasmuch that it cannot describe changing energy, taking into details like the loss of radiation. We've established this, and this is why I say it's inconsistent over periods of time.


    As has been noted, it is an approximation which works well. Now, it has also been noted that it's like dust off a golf ball, but I've argued that radiation may not be very smooth in this sense, we might be talking about an object which releases gamma energy in the form of jet bursts.


    Then surely in that kind of case, radiation will be given up a lot quicker.


    So I am not saying that it is inconsistent that we can't make approximations, I am saying it is inconsistent that it does not describe the energy given up over periods of time. This is why it cannot purport to a real object 100% accurately - it doesn't take into details of the energy given up through natural processes which would be expected from a metric.


    Now you have also said yourself that modifications are not unknown to the SC metric. This is exactly what my OP is attempting to do, but I need to find a way round the timelike killing vector, which won't be easy.


    Just highlighting this problem mathematically, the SC metric is invariant under the tranformation [math]t \rightarrow t+dt[/math] in the spherical coordinate system [math](t,r,\theta, \phi)[/math]. You split the vector field [math](dt,0,0,0)[/math] into two factors, the finite vector field [math]\Sigma[/math] and some infinitesimal scalar, then the displacement vector is


    [math]\zeta dt = (1,0,0,0) dt[/math]


    And this is the Killing vector. When all the points in the space are displaced they do not flow with any expansion or compression. And has been discussed, it contains a specific symmetry [math]t \rightarrow -t[/math].



    I don't think my approach will be able to solve a way around the killing vector, its almost entwined in the definition of the SC metric... which means I need to look for a different modified approach.

  8. Aetherlwulf,


    There are a number of mainstream explanations for the redshifting of EM radiation and the perceived loss of total energy in the universe. Although I agree with none of them, the mainstream explanation that I presently prefer is this: As the universe expands the Zero Point Field accordingly maintains its intensity per volume. The supposed loss of the energy of EM radiation, by this hypothesis, is conserved via the maintenance of the energy density of the ZPF. Another proposal is that what EM radiation losses to redshifts it gains in changes to dark energy.


    I agree that this may be a serious mainstream problem if one wishes to maintain the conservation of energy principle in the universe as a whole :blink: And you're right, this is not the forum for personal ideas other than possibly brief mentions.



    Ok then, so back on topic.


    Do you think energy is physical? I think it's a bit of an oxymoron to say it isn't, since energy has real effects on the physical objects of the world, from everyday life to cosmology. I will be honest, I have never thought of energy as being ''unphysical'' until I came to this forum.


    When Swansont said, pour a glass of energy, the reason we can't is because it is not condensed like matter is, but is it wise to say it is not physical? If it is not physical what is energy, ethereal?


    Of course, this doesn't mean that photons are completely incapable of being described that way. I believe, in superconducters, photons behave as though they have a mass. So they certainly can behave like your normal everyday by changing the medium in which they are in, which is a clue they are not really unphysical manifestations.

  9. Everyone knows that Sun will disappear, finally, and then the SC metric will be not working anymore. Everyone knows that the SC metric is not valid for long distances, because it is ignoring the cosmological constant term. Everyone knows that. If one want to obtain a more general metric, e.g. a time-dependent metric valid at large scales as well, one solves the Hilbert & Einstein equations and obtain gab.


    Saying ''just the metric'' [math]g_{\mu \nu}[/math] is a massive oversimplification, but... your approach would be consistent when you proved [math]g_{\mu \nu} \ne 0[/math]. Anyway, I don't really think you are following my problems very well -- I am well aware of the Einstein Equations and the metric. This is not what I am talking about.


    I was concerned strictly with the SC metric would does have inconsistencies. Elfmotat had the right suggestion for me




    I'm wondering now if Hawking radiation would account for loss of radiation in a non-rotating black hole, but since the Schwartzschild metric is static and t-symmetric, I am wondering if Hawking's work has been able to solve equations for a static black hole. If one cannot do it in any way, I'd dare say the Schwartzschild metric does not really purport to a real type of object.

  10. I don't have any particular form in mind. The fact that it has different forms is another indication that it's a property and not a physical substance.


    So does mass however, mass has many forms. I don't know if saying it has many forms can preclude that energy is not physical.





    The so called law of the conservation of mass/ energy is based upon the concept that if there is less energy in the universe at a given time there accordingly would be more matter/ mass. This is the present consensus I think. If you would, please post whatever links that you think might assert otherwise, or your own ideas, so that I and others might analyze them and express our opinion :) I'm not necessarily a fan of many mainstream models so you have my ear :) -- even though I happen to agree with this conservation principle.



    I could try and find some and I certainly have my own idea's for sure... I don't know if posting them here in this subforum would be within the rules... One quick one however, the fact that the observable universe is now receding faster than light is an indication that the universe is using energy at a rapid and accelerated rate. This may be an indication that the universe is not conserving energy.


    I believe the universe might quantum leap in the future. Current mainstream seems to agree with the prediction of my own http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-the-universe-leaking-energy


    As wiki explains


    ''In general relativity conservation of energy-momentum is expressed with the aid of a stress-energy-momentum pseudotensor. The theory of general relativity leaves open the question of whether there is a conservation of energy for the entire universe.''


  11. Treating photons as a gas is not the same thing as treating energy as a gas. Photons represent something real, and have energy.


    I'm quite sure that is meaningful, but if it was it went right over my head Swansont.

    Ok... I guess the most logical question is, why can't you generalize to photon energy? When you say energy, what kind of energy did you have in mind?





    Yup, mass/ energy conservation in a closed system is still, as far as I know, a standard mainstream assertion with only a very few alternative-mainstream asserted exceptions :)


    Why do you think that such assertions of the conservation of mass/ energy may not be valid in the universe as a whole?



    I have good faith in them. I like it. I like the idea that a universe does not conserve energy, globally-speaking.

  12. Pour me a cup of energy, then. While you're at it, I'll have a cup of length as well.


    I see what your saying, I do... but I feel the word ''unphysical'' is quite a drastic use of the word. Should ''unphysical'' be the word we use?


    Hands up I don't know. I just think it would be hard to say energy is not when it has real effects on the physical world. Now, sure we cannot pour a cup of energy. There are some models which treat photon energy however as a gas - with a temperature, pressure and entropy. Black body radiation is said to be the equilibrium of the photon gas... and we don't think of gas as unphysical do we?


    I don't know.... ''unphysical'' to me, just seems like something which shouldn't effect the physical world, but energy does so...


    What led you to believe that energy is a physical thing? I'm sure that you've seen all the derivations of the various forms of energy and how nothing about them was physical. E.g. what do you think is physical about, say, potential energy. There is always a constant added to the potential which is chosen for convenience. What's physical about such an arbitrary constant?


    In case you missed my post on the definition of energy you can take a gander at it at



    This is a page in my own website. What do you think? Do you have any comments on it? Something I might add?


    Hello pmb, I read your work, it is a good read for anyone who is wanting to learn this stuff... I perhaps only have one suggestion - it's a bit of a quibble.


    ''Notice how the energy moves back and forth from system to system yet the total energy of the universe remains constant. ''



    I don't think current mainstream cosmology believes that the universe conserves energy any more.


    (Here's a paper which entertains the idea that the zero point energy field is a physical manifestation http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9901011 ---- I think the problem here will lye in how to persuade people to think of energy as a non-physical entity. I gave some reasons above. I could be completely wrong and you two could be completely right, certainly wouldn't be the first time I have been wrong.)

  13. It's not a problem so much as a simplifying approximation. Physics itself really only deals with the study of simple models. Taking the radiation of a star into account when making gravitational calculations is like taking into account dust particles when measuring the diameter of a basketball (actually, the dust would almost definitely be more significant in relation to the basketball than the radiation from the Sun would be gravitationally).


    Here I will assume by simple, we really really mean a first approximation in energy - and higher perturbations could not be calculated because the metric is static - though the metric surely would change over time, so it seems the SC is an oversimplification of the real dynamics going therefore the problem lies within the consistency over long periods of time. How accurate would it be for a system which was radiating fast, perhaps in some kind of plasma-like bursts? Given enough time, I'd say it was pretty inaccurate; which leads me to my own question, is there any non-rotating metrics out there which can describe systems more accurately than a SC metric? I don't believe there is.


    The SC metric is enough to study light-bending, mercury perihelion anomaly, and other so-named classic tests of GR up to PN-order in complete agreement with observations.


    Sure, but these things aren't being question. All I am questioning is how a metric like this can remain effectively at the same energy level over short or long periods of times. Even after long periods of time, the SC metric becomes inaccurate in explaining your system because no doubt in many cases, the system will have given up energy in the form of radiation.


    My studies right now is trying to find a way round that problem - I guess it doesn't help that the Schwartzschild metric is derives from principles which require a timelike killing vector making it essentially static and t-symmetric.




  14. Does a Higgs field have a gravitational force? Gravitational charge field, I'd like to say, is a field which a particle or a object in the field has a mass and a mass comparable gravity simultaneously. Mass giving step is the same as the gravity getting step, I suppose. The cause of getting mass is the same as getting gravity. It has only attractive force depending on the charge size. LHC experiment results will make everything clear. If Higgs finding is absolute... Mass and relative theory will make everything clear?


    Yes, it's not the gravitational field per se, but the Higgs Field is composed of Higgs Bosons which get their own mass from it's own field as well. So not only do other particles acquire mass from the Higgs Field, the Higgs Field gives a mass to its own particle... So.. since these Bosons contain a mass, then this means they interact gravitationally as well.


    I changed a little. "The cause of obtaining mass and the cause of obtaining gravity are the same."





    Yes, I would presume they are the same by the Weak Equivalence principle - here we freely exchange the use of ''inertia'' and ''gravitational mass''.


    I do believe I read an article by Wheeler who was saying that the treatment of mass as a charge would not be so strange - I have never found this article since mind you.

  15. What led you to believe that energy is a physical thing? I'm sure that you've seen all the derivations of the various forms of energy and how nothing about them was physical. E.g. what do you think is physical about, say, potential energy. There is always a constant added to the potential which is chosen for convenience. What's physical about such an arbitrary constant?


    In case you missed my post on the definition of energy you can take a gander at it at



    This is a page in my own website. What do you think? Do you have any comments on it? Something I might add?



    Well, it's not exactly unphysical in the eyes of General Relativity. What is unphysical about energy, which can warp the spacetime fabric? Curvature is the storage of energy in the spacetime metric, how can one really call it an unphysical manifestation?


    Can I read your work later, btw, I need to go do something the now. Thanks.

  16. Uncertainty for me, is the lack of knowledge from an observer. Of course, the most basic explanation is that it requires two complimentary observables which are of course conjugate quantities, such as energy and time or momentum and position. However it holds a type of mysticism for me because it is the inability to predict the future based on the present - which means that ordered sets of events are hard to determine.

  17. No, it's not a physical thing. It's a useful abstraction because it is a conserved quantity owing to the time-translation symmetry of physics. It helps us keep a good set of books for problems we solve.






    ... I disagree with energy not being a physical ''thing''.... The rest I agree with. Physical is not restrained to mass.






    Energy is, exactly, the conserved current related to time invariance of the Lagrangian. Google "Noether's theorem".


    The conjugate of time, but even in relativity time is considered physical in that sense of the word. For instance, in General Relativity, space is not separate to time. They are the manifold we treat as being a physical sheet.

  18. Hello friends,



    Everyone knows relativity.But it is really hard to understand relativity. Can you friends help me in understanding relativity???


    Special Relativity is easier to understand the the General case... I can help with both, not just explanations, but mathematically I can explain it too... but it won't be easy without a mathematical background...

  19. The reasons why there is no center have been explained here by many. It has to do with the fact that the universe is expanding isotropically and homogeneously. There can be some kind of ''imaginary center'' we all think about, a place or rather a point where spacetime began, but thinking of that point after the expansion is useless when you take into account that all objects move away from each other, not from a single point.

  20. It's true what you say.


    When people say, ''physics breaks down at the singularity'' many of them are referring to the uncertainty principle when you try and squeeze particle into a more confined region - which is totally forbidden by quantum mechanics. However, I believe that if it only exists for a very short period of time, who gives a damn about the violation? It's almost poetic to think that the universe arose from an uncertainty.


    Of course... here is another problem for you to chew on.


    In the beginning, we ascribe time as t=0 at time zero - then t=1. At t=1, the very first moment of existence, we are led to believe that the universe suddenly appeared as a single ''dot'' - a tiny point without dimensions or space. This is where the first inconsistency or oxymoron arises if you like. If there was no space, there was certainly no time, so how can we talk about ''first instances'' and t=1? In relativity, time is part of the manifold, but in the beginning there was no space - so... how can we really talk about time as a fundamental object?


    In light of what I said, I think the problem then about unification is the order of events. If we can't really talk about time in the conventional or (general relativistic manner) then I believe events such as a beginning cannot be described in general.

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