Aether Resistance and the
From the very inception of classical theoretical
physics there existed a built in duality in the fundamental concept of
Galileoís Principle of Inertia and Newtonís
Mechanics required Space to be empty and perfectly frictionless. Eternal
uniform motion can only exist in a featureless empty void. -- However,
this fundamental assumption, lead to the mysteries of the ëaction at
a distance forcesí like gravity, electricity, magnetism and others
and to the enigma of the transmission of light throughout the Universe.
Thus, Descartes, Huygens and others invented
another Space, filled with the Aether; a gaseous substance of supermundane
order of magnitude which was suppose to be the conveyer of those phenomena
and explain away the problems that the featureless empty space created.
Like tree-leaves are carried on circles in
the eddies of a running spring, in this universal medium, the planets could
be floating on their orbits in the immense rotation of the Solar Vortex.
In higher orders, the Milky-way and billions of other Galaxies could be
local twisters in the all-pervading cosmic Aether. Light, in this gaseous
medium was thought to be minuscular compression waves propagated throughout
the Universe just like the sound-waves in air. -- But then, how can the
Galileo-Newton mechanics work in this Aether-filled Universe ?
The duality of Space has sharpened by the
introduction of two controversial theories of light; Huygensí wave theory
needed an Aether, Newtonís corpuscular theory needed the empty space. The
great debate seemed to be settled with the victory of the Aether, when
Thomas Young proved by his double slit interference experiment that light
consists of precisely calculable wavelengths and frequencies just like
Thus, Huygensí simple principle of wave propagation
became the basic explanatory method of all phenomena of wave-optics: reflection,
refraction, diffraction, interference, etc. -- Adding to the strength of
the Aether hypothesis, Faraday and Maxwell developed the theory of electromagnetism,
based on the assumption of a similar mechanical fluid. Hence, the mysteries
of the ëaction at a distance forcesí of electricity and magnetism were
replaced by dynamic flow-patterns, stresses and strains in a luminiferous
In a parallel but isolated evolution Earthly
and Celestial mechanics also developed to an ever more sophisticated level,
but there was no progress in resolving the duality of the controversial
concepts of Space. As the Aether theory strengthened the hope gradually
increased that a unification of mechanics and electromagnetism might be
achieved by designing a workable model of the Aether with characteristics
that somehow eliminate the problems of duality.
Nevertheless, a century of relentless search
for that model has failed!
Seemingly, there was no gas, no liquid, no
solid, nor any combination of any known substance that would serve as a
Toward the end of the nineteenth century experimental
facts began to accumulate, which made any further isolation of mechanics
and electromagnetism impossible. The Michelson-Morley Null Result demonstrated
an unresolvable clash between the Aether theory and Celestial Mechanics.
Furthermore, electromagnetic experiments with particle accelerators showed
that Newtonís First Law, the Principle of Inertia looses its validity when
the speed of motion of the particles approaches the speed of light.
From the point of view of the initial duality
of Space the new experimental facts forced the conclusion that there could
be no compromise between the featureless void and the all-pervading Aether.
Modern physics is primarily a declaration
of this fact and that this problem cannot be and will not be solved by
classical logic or common sense. Thus, Modern Physics concluded that one
of the two fundamental theories of classical physics, or both must be definitely
The theories of Relativity and their postulates
did not resolve this problem. They discard the Aether as the conveyer of
light-waves, electromagnetism and other action at a distance forces, but
at the same time endow the physically featureless empty Space with the
exact same characteristics which were initially attributed to the Aether.
As stated in Einsteinís book, ëThe Evolution
of Physics, in 1966: îOur only way out seems to be to take for granted
the fact that space has the physical property of transmitting electromagnetic
waves, and not to bother too much about the meaning of this statement.î
The General Theory goes even further, attributing an ability to Space to
curve itself into orbits in the vicinity of a physical mass as a replacement
for the force of gravity. This description is also suspiciously resembles
Descartesí Solar Vortex in the Aether.
Hence, Aether has been replaced by this unique
mathematical Space but it has preserved the whole initial duality conflict
within itself. Neverthe-less, being already beyond the scope of classical
logic and common-sense it also automatically became unchallengeable
In the earlier paper I attempted to show that
to find our way out from the present labyrinth, we must open up the trap
door that modern mathematical philosophy slammed on classical physics.
We gain nothing by knit-picking on the inconsistencies of modern theories
because the germs of our present perplexities were not originated by them.
They must have been created by some misconceptions buried in the closed
files of classical physics.
Accordingly, Iíve suggested that the failure
of the nineteenth century to produce a workable model of the Aether was
caused by the single stumbling block of the transverse wave nature of light,
which was required and invented solely and exclusively for the classical
wave theory of the phenomenon of polarization.
The misconception of the transverse wave hypothesis
was uncovered in that previous paper and opened up the possibility of a
re-interpretation of polarization without the paralyzing constrictions.
With this, a mechanical gaseous model of the Aether became a theoretical
Now, consider a short familiarization of some
of the fundamental characteristics of this hypothetical medium:
Aether is an ultramundane version of the simple
macroscopic ëideal gasí of the classical atomic, kinetic theory of gases.
The constituents of this fluid, called íAethronsí are particles of infinitesimal
extension, having no other characteristics but their equal unit masses,
their impenetrability of one another, their unceasing random motion and
the perfectly elastic collisions among them. There are no ëaction at a
distanceí forces between Aethrons and therefore no need to assume
any internal structure. Statis- tically they have an average speed and
an average collision free path, meaning that the gas has an average density,
a given compressibility and elasticity. -- The Aether obeys the laws of
Newtonís Fluid Mechanics and the statistical principles of the Kinetic
Theory. -- The Aethrons possess all the characteristics of a Newtonian
particle, but existing only in a system of equal, individual masses. Therefore,
their statistical mechanical description does not invoke any of the mysterious
Newtonian macroscopic concepts of inertial mass, momentum and force,
but simply the basic concepts of motion and perfectly elastic collisions.
The Aether, with its supermundane granularity, is a direct analogy to the
hypothetical ëideal gasí of our macroscopic order of magnitude.
The power of this analogy will be demonstrated
on the most perplexing phenomenon of modern physics, the so-calledërelativistic
In the 1880-s, working with the earliest particle
accelerators, scientist discovered some discrepancies in their calculations
which were based on Newtonís equation of the first law of motion: F
This formula tells us that the relation between
force, mass and acceleration is totally independent from the initial and
final speed of the object. To accelerate the same mass from 100 m/s to
110 m/s requires the same force as to accelerate it from 1000 m/s to 1010
m/s. The surprising experimental results were that the particles approaching
the speed of light required increasingly greater force for the same unit
Before the appearance of Einstein, Lorentz
attempted to explain this phenomenon based on the electromagnetic structure
of matter and its motion relative to the Aether. He derived a mathematical
formalism which, in a roundabout way explained the Michelson Null Result
and the discrepencies found in particle accelerators. Nevertheless, his
hypothesis bogged down like all others because of the lack of a workable
model of the Aether.
Einstein abolished the Aether and declaired
the incapability of classical physics to resolve its own contradictions
between mechanics and electromagnetism. The postulates of relativity were
not based on logic or understanding but on the total surrender to the bare
Since the electricmagnetic forces used for
the acceleration was precisely known and the difference between the initial
and final speed of the particle was easily measurable, the only remaining
unknown factor in the experiments was the unmeasurable inertial mass of
the particle. Thus, relativity interpreted the phenomenon as a result of
the relative motion between the observer and the particle, which somehow
produces the so-called ërelativistic mass increaseí. Thus, in relativity
the speed of light became a constant and limiting velocity of the universe,
while the Newtonian concept of originally constant inertial mass
became a variable quantity depending on the relative motion of the measurer.
The quantitative predictability of the phenomena was provided by the original
formula derived by Lorentz:
B = --------------------------
sqrt (1 -- v^2 / c^2)
where b is the factor that must be added to the Newtonian
prediction of the required force, v is the initial speed of the
particle and c is the speed of light.
The mathematicalëformalism guarantees that
the beta factor will be unmeasurable at macroscopic velocities and predicts
infinite inertial mass when the particle reaches the limiting velocity
Applying this factor to the requirement of
force for unit acceleration:
Fr = --------------------------
sqrt (1 -- v^2 / c^2)
where FO is the initial Newtonian requirement and FR
is relativistic requirement of an increased force which is proportional
to the initial speed.
According to the relativistic hypothesis,
in contradiction with Newtonís first law, the increasing force requirement
results from the increase of the inertial rest mass of the particle
from/ mo to m. Thus:
m = ----------------------
sqrt 1 -- v2 / c2
This is the relativistic mass-increase side
of the promised analogy. Now, we present the other side by a macroscopic,
aerodynamic phenomena and its explanation based clearly on the laws and
principles of classical physics:
Newtonís Hydrodynamic Law of resistance states,
that the retarding force of a medium against the motion of a solid object
depends on the density of the fluid and proportional to the square of the
velocity of the object.
The same law is valid in Aerodynamics and
is used to calculate the retarding forces involved in the flight of airplanes.
For conventional mathematical simplification, in the derivation of the
resistance force, air is taken as a fluid of constant isotropic density
and as an incompressible substance.
This hypothetical incompressibility mainly
means that in an isotropic fluid, like the air, all locally produced density
fluctuations are continuously dissipated in the form of waves with the
speed of sound. Therefore, as long as the speed of the object is much smaller
than that of sound, no bulk density changes accumulate in front of the
Nevertheless, the validity of these simplifications
is limited, because at higher speeds of flight the air is unable to dissipate
the accumulating density in front of the moving solid and therefore cannot
preserve its isotropic density. Thus, at flight-speeds approaching the
speed of sound, air must be taken as compressible for the consideration
of the accumulation of a local density increase and therefore an increase
in the local air-resistance.
A few decades after the acceptance of the
Special Theory, in the late 1920ís when airplanes began to approach sonic
speeds Ernst Mach analyzed the phenomenon and arrived at a mathematical
treatment for the relation between flight speed and air resistance. His
formula became known as the Mach theory, or Mach-number, which expresses
the increasing resistance based on a certain ratio between the square of
the velocity of the plane and the square of the velocity of sound. This
ratio is expressed as;
Rm = ---------------------------
sqrt (1 -- V^2 / S2^)
where Ro is the original Newtonian resistance and Rm is
the increased Machian resistance, reflecting the accumulated density of
the air in front of the plane, due to its initial speed, V approaching
the speed of sound, S.
As Figure 1. illustrates, the relativistic Lorentz
Formula and the Aerodynamic Mach-number formula are mathematically identical.
Could the identical formulas describe two
entirely different conceptual contents ? -- If that is unlikely, then which
conceptual theory is right ?
Now the scientific choice is quite clear:
Obviously, the two equations are totally interchangeable.
We can use the Lorentz transformation for the airplane and the Mach-number
for the accelerated electron by a simple switch of the symbols, c
and S.But are the two conceptual interpretations interchangeable
Should we be seeking for the cause for a relativistic
increase in the inertial mass of the airplane instead of accepting the
simple, common sense explanation of the physical retarding force of air-resistance
Or should we rather accept the existence of
an all-pervading Aether medium through which the electron flies and where
the dissipation speed of local density fluctuations is equivalent with
the speed of light. By the removal of the stumbling block of the transverse
wave theory of light, this ideal gas model of the Aether is now rendering
a humanly comprehensible alternative for the misconceived hypothesis of
/relativistic mass increase.
But we can draw one further conclusion from
Considering the different conceptual interpretations
of the same phenomenon, the two contradictory theories must arrive at two
contradictory quantitative predictions for a suitably designed experiment.
On the one hand, relativity agrees with the
Newtonian principle of inertia which states that uniform motion on a straight
line in empty space is eternally constant. In the absence of external force
there is no change in the state of motion. Now, since the space of relativity
is totally empty, when a particle is accelerated up to a certain speed
and the force is removed, the theory must predict that the particle
will perform an unchanging uniform motion on a straight line ad infinitum,
at its latest, final uniform speed.
On the other hand, the Aether theory states
that all space is pervaded by the gas of Aether which exerts a retarding
force of resistance against the motion of an object and the magnitude of
that force is described by the Mach-Lorentz formula.
Consequently, for a Synchrotron experiment
in which a particle is accelerated to a high speed on a circular orbit
and then released into a long straight vacuum chamber with a target at
the end, the prediction of the two theories with regards to the arrival
time of the particle must be measurably different:
According to Relativity from the instant of
release, the particle will move with constant velocity equal to its state
of motion imposed on it by the last acceleration. It follows that, the
relativistic arrival time, Tr will be equal to the length
of the channel, L divided by the final uniform velocity, Vf
of the particle:
Tr = L / Vr (5).
Aethro-Kinematics, the theory of the gaseous
Aether, predicts that the particle in the straight channel will only start
with the final velocity, Vf but it will be continuously
decelerated by the resistance force of the Aether, in agreement with the
Mach-Lorentz formula. Thus, the time of flight will be longer and
the arrival time, Ta will be later then predicted by relativity.
Without getting involved in complex mathematics
it can be seen that the velocity,/VA of the gradually decelerating particle
in the Aether will be decreasingly smaller than Vr by
the factor of
B = - --------------------------
sqrt (1 - V^2 /c^2 )
Tr < Ta
and a measurable experimental discrimination only depends on the length
of the chamber, since the longer the distance, the greater the difference
will be between the two predictions. I believe that all equipments required
for this experiment are readily available.
It should be noted, that when this experiment
verifies the present theory, it also resolves the fundamental duality of
the Space of Classical Physics. It simply becomes evident that Space has
never been empty and Galileoís Principle of Inertia was a mere approximation
for strictly macroscopic phenomena. In his thought experiment Galileo discounted
all frictional and retarding forces even that of the resistance of air.
For four centuries Galileoís Principle was the unshakable foundation of
Physics, now with the mechanical ideal gas of the Aether it is still preserved,
except one more miniscule factor of resistance has to be dealt with; the
resistance of the all-pervading Aether. -- This is precisely what the Mach-Lorentz
Formula does and by that also making sense of the Principle of Correspondence.
Note here that this example of the power of
the ideal gas model of the Aether is not unique and special. My book, AETHRO-KINEMATICS
suggests alternate explanations for most of the perplexing philosophical
interpretations of modern physics. It seems to be only a matter of our
ability to design the right kinematic model of a seemingly incomprehensible
phenomenon to restore classical logic and common sense and thereby find the right
experiment to verify their validity.
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