When Albert Einstein was 16, he imagined what it would be like to run alongside a beam of light. He came to the conclusion that if he could catch up with a beam of light, then he should see an electromagnetic field at rest.
This was obviously against Maxwell’s theory which informs us that light is an electromagnetic wave that travels at a constant speed of 3 × 108 m/s. Einstein would later solve this puzzle by introducing his special theory of relativity which was not based on the classical aether concept.
It turned out that in this his theory of special relativity he accepted light as a universal constant and that space and time are relative due to this reason. In fact, the constancy of the speed of light was his second thesis in his special relativity paper after the first thesis that “the laws of physics are the same for all non-inertial reference frames”.
So, today, physicists have accepted and have found out that the speed of light is constant. No matter how fast you run, you will always see light move past you at a constant, unattainable speed. This truth is very profound if you contemplate it even for a very short time.
Now, what can we say of gravity? You know, gravity is so misunderstood that it is hard for us to imagine that it is so similar to light. Gravity is so similar to light such that we can also imagine or ask ourselves as Einstein did for light: what would it be like to run alongside a beam of gravity?What would it be like to run alongside a beam of gravity?Click To Tweet
This question only appears impossible because we think according to modern physics that gravity is so different from light, but it is not true. In modern physics, we see light as an electromagnetic wave and gravity as a geometrical wave of some sort on the space-time continuum.
But this discrepancy between light and gravity does not exist in post-modern physics. In post-modern physics, both light and gravity are seen and understood as limits of inertia.In post-modern physics, both light and gravity are seen and understood as limits of inertia.Click To Tweet
This is why in post-modern physics, you are informed about how to conceive light beyond how Faraday and Maxwell taught us to conceive it as an electromagnetic wave. For it is in conceiving light as a limit of inertia, beyond its electromagnetic description, that we discover how light is so similar to gravity and why we can also imagine what it would be like to ride alongside a beam of gravity.
However, you may still ask: if gravity can be conceived as a travelling beam, then why don’t we see it as such in the universe?
This question is good and I want you to know, like I must have said in some of my scientific posts, that we cannot observe a beam of gravity because gravity has no independent existence in the universe like light; gravity exists as a component of gravi-electromagnetic wave which travels beyond the speed or motional capabilities of light.
So, what I have done in this article, in asking what it would be like to run alongside a beam of gravity, is to separate gravity from its dependent existence as a component of the gravi-electromagnetic wave.
This is possible only because gravity really exists even though it is a component of the gravi-electromagnetic wave; thus, we can really study the independent nature of gravity as it has even been presented in the Treatise.
Therefore, this article is important because for the first time in physics we are actually coming to study the actual nature of gravity which was hidden in classical and modern physics.
So what does post-modern physics informs us about how light and gravity are differently the limits of motion? What post-modern physics is informing us is that light is a static limit of motion while gravity is a dynamic limit of motion.Light is a static limit of motion while gravity is a dynamic limit of motion.Click To Tweet
This is all very interesting which you will realize when you get the explanation of this distinction in this article! Now though we are familiar with how light is a limit of inertia than we are of gravity, I will still explain that of light and compare it with that of gravity.
Special relativity made us know that no matter how fast you travel, light would always travel at a constant speed relative to you. So, if you are running alongside a beam of light, the beam of light will always move at the speed of light no matter your speed.
This unchanging quality of the motion of light is why I said that light is a static limit of motion. This also applies in the atomic world where light begins to accelerate and no longer move at a constant speed.
If you are familiar with post-modern physics, then you must know that whenever the speed of light is being discussed, we are referring to the non-atomic world or what I usually call the ponderable universe.
In the atomic world, relative to an electrical body in motion, light maintains its acceleration just as it maintains its speed relative to a ponderable body outside the atomic world. If you can grasp the afore sentence, then you have come to the basic understanding of how light is a limit of motion inside and outside the atomic world.
But the way gravity sets itself as a limit of motion in the universe is different from how light does. Gravity which only accelerates does not maintain its acceleration relative to bodies in motion.
Relative to a body in accelerated motion, gravity maintains an acceleration, and if the acceleration of the body changes, the acceleration of gravity must have changed. Notice that I said that “the acceleration of gravity MUST HAVE CHANGED.” This is so that I don’t put effect before cause.
When you come to fully understand post-modern physics, you will learn about how bodies move due to the universe itself and not due to any of their internal capacities. This important insight is a better explanation of Mach’s principle and it is only a better explanation because it is based on the new principle of universal equivalence.
The principle of universal equivalence is responsible for this behaviour of gravity, for it is only attached to gravity and not to light and it is what was applied to explain the flyby anomaly. Gravity changes its acceleration as/before any change in the acceleration of a body occurs.
In other words, you can imagine or say that the acceleration of a body and that of gravity changes harmoniously such that gravity always accelerates greater than the body.The acceleration of a body and that of gravity changes harmoniously such that gravity always accelerates greater than the body.Click To Tweet
So let’s ask: if you were running in-between a beam of light and a beam of gravity, what will you observe? You will observe that the speed of light remains constant no matter your speed or changes in motion but you will observe that the acceleration of gravity does not remain constant no matter your speed or changes in motion.
And if you were an atomic body or particle, you will observe that the acceleration of light remains constant no matter your speed or changes in motion but you will observe that the acceleration of gravity does not remain constant no matter your speed or changes in motion.
Thus we have light as a static limit of motion and gravity as a dynamic limit of motion. A necessary caution should be taken in our assessment of the motion of light and gravity as presented in this article, which is that I am referring to the possible changes that light and gravity exhibit only as they are due to their relative motion with the body in question.
There are certainly other environmental factors and principles that can cause the speed and the acceleration of light and also the acceleration of gravity to change. I will like you to read this my scientific article.
Now, a very good way to make you understand what is being discussed in this article about how light and gravity are differently the limits of motion is to make this beautiful analogy.
Listen: Running alongside a beam of light is like running on a track with fixed length but which you can never cover or see the finish line while running alongside a beam of gravity is like running on a track with varying length and which you can never cover or see the finish line.
Running alongside a beam of gravity is like running on a more rapidly expanding track. So there is no way you can cover the track or get to the finish line.
This analogy should make you understand what I’m informing you about the difference between the motion of bodies relative to light and gravity. Light is a static limit of motion while gravity is a dynamic limit of motion.
This article shows you that light and gravity are not really different and that we can imagine what it really means to move alongside both entities. Now tell me, what more could prove that we have successfully brought light and gravity into a “unified conformation”?
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa