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This article may be one of my most controversial articles, but I am still going to write it for the honour of scientific truth. This article is about why special relativity is wrong about what it informs us of a kind of mass called “relativistic mass”.
In special relativity, mass is given two manifestations which are rest mass and relativistic mass. Rest mass is the mass a body possesses at rest, regardless of whether it moves or not, while relativistic mass is the mass a body possesses due to its motion or velocity.
We have known about rest mass since classical physics, but relativistic mass is one of the ‘revolutionary discoveries’ of modern physics or special relativity.
Special relativity informs us that when motion is impressed on a body it immediately possesses relativistic mass and that this mass increases as the speed of the body approaches that of light.
This, according to special relativity, is so that bodies in motion do not approach the speed of light, and it is the basic description of relativistic mass according to special relativity.
Relativistic Mass: Why Special Relativity Is Wrong
Now, I want to inform you that special relativity is wrong about relativistic mass, especially how it describes it. In my Treatise, I talked about this, but I did not do it extensively and it is necessary that I extensively deal with this conceptual issue in this great science blog.
The conceptual problem is necessary and should be resolved because in actuality, and as have been observed, when energy is impressed on bodies, it becomes increasingly harder to impact more energy on them as they approach the speed of light.
So, something is definitely increasing and this something seems to be preventing us from impressing more energy on moving bodies and it is important to know what this something is.
Special relativity informs us that this something that increases and that increasingly prevents us from being able to impress more energy is relativistic mass.
Now, why is special relativity wrong about this? With all the conceptual flaws in special relativity, special relativity is wrong about relativistic mass because even if it exists, it would apply to accelerated frames and special relativity is not a theory for accelerated frames, it is a theory for uniform frames.
So, special relativity could not have been concerned about what increases as we impact energy on accelerating bodies. Also, remember that this ‘relativistic mass’ has been observed for atomic particles which I have informed you can never move in uniform motion.
This is why I will like to criticize how we apply special relativity indiscriminately to both uniform and accelerated frames, not that the theory is correct, yet we still claim that special relativity is a theory for uniform frames.
It is an obvious contradiction, and now we must come to understand the limits of special relativity. Special relativity cannot be concerned about the something that increases when we apply energy to accelerate bodies to ‘the speed of light’.
For all bodies in accelerated motion, special relativity is irrelevant. This is the primary reason why special relativity is wrong about relativistic mass before we look at other reasons. I will expatiate on this when we get to the true description of the something that increases when bodies are accelerated.
For bodies in uniform motion, there is no such local increase, this increase only appears when we want to accelerate bodies, implying that the something that increases is a property of accelerated frames and not uniform frames.
Therefore, whatever description special relativity gives to us of what is increasing is wrong. Special relativity has no business informing us about what really increases when bodies accelerate. We have to look at the relativity of accelerated frames to really understand what increases when we want to impact more energy on accelerating bodies.
For further emphasis and I know that I may be repeating myself, special relativity is not just wrong about relativistic mass, it could not have been right about it. Special relativity, by its conceptual structure, cannot describe the relativity of accelerated frames.
This is where we look to gravi-electrodynamics for the answer; we look to gravi-electrodynamics to get the true description of the relativity of accelerated frames and what actually increases when we impress energy on them.
Relativistic Potential Energy: Why Gravi-electrodynamics Is Right
Before I continue, I will like to let you know that I wanted to write about so much in this article, but this is the first time I think being exhaustive will defeat my intention to make you understand why special relativity is wrong about relativistic mass.
Now, to get to the point, I want to first show you how to understand the conceptual problem at hand.
Following special relativity, we have a paradox, which is that we are increasing the energy of a body, but this attempted increase in energy results in an increase in relativistic mass of the body and not some other energy that the body may possess.
What should actually be increasing is the relativistic potential energy the accelerating body possesses and not its relativistic mass. This new insight is what gravi-electrodynamics reveals to us and this is how you should understand what is increasing as a post-modern scientist.
Now, this is the point where the error of special relativity becomes more evident. In special relativity, there is no way the relativistic potential energy a body possesses and which is represented by the famous energy equation E=mc2 can increase.
This is because the moving body in question in special relativity is in uniform motion and as such possesses relativistic electromagnetic potential energy E=mc2 which is constant and dependent on rest mass and not even relativistic mass.
However, when we move into gravi-electrodynamics, we will realize that all accelerating bodies possess another relativistic potential energy referred to as the relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy, which can be generally expressed as E=mu2 and which is not constant; and where u is the superluminal speed of gravi-electromagnetic wave.All accelerating bodies possess relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy and it is not constant.Click To Tweet
The relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy E=mu2 a body in accelerated motion carries is not constant and it increases as we impress more energy on the accelerating body.
The relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy E=mu2 is what really increases as we accelerate bodies to the motion of gravi-electromagnetic wave and not the electromagnetic wave or light as we may have thought in special relativity.
Gravi-electrodynamics is right because it shows us how the increase in impressed energy leads to the increase in relativistic potential energy. This is the true understanding of what increases when we attempt to accelerate bodies.
Special relativity is wrong for not making this very vital relationship between impressed energy and relativistic potential energy. The answer is not in mass but in energy, and we know that we don’t directly impress mass on accelerating bodies but energy.
So, I want you to now have the understanding that any increase in impressed energy causes a corresponding increase in relativistic potential energy for all accelerating bodies. This does not apply to bodies in uniform motion for obvious and natural reasons.Any increase in impressed energy causes a corresponding increase in relativistic potential energy for all accelerating bodies.Click To Tweet
This explanation from gravi-electrodynamics applies the same to both ponderable and electrical bodies even though they carry different forms of (gravi-electromagnetic) energy.
I want you to now also see what is happening. When we move from uniform motion to accelerated motion, we move from relativistic electromagnetic potential energy to relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy, or conceptually, we can say that we move from electrodynamics to gravi-electrodynamics.
Applying the same relativistic potential energy to both uniform and accelerated frames is a serious oversight in modern physics, and this is why we have been wrong about what really increases when we attempt to accelerate bodies.
Now, this is where it gets interesting! Remember that post-modern physics informs us that during creation matter was created from gravi-electromagnetic energy.
Therefore, if the relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy of a body in accelerated motion increases with increase in impressed energy, it, therefore, implies that we are indirectly creating a kind of potential or inactive mass, which is just a mass that if it exists would correspond to the magnitude of the relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy.
This kind of potential mass should be distinguished from relativistic mass which is not the result, whether directly or indirectly, of relativistic potential energy. Are we making an end run around relativistic mass? Maybe.
In relative term and according to gravi-electrodynamics, when we impress energy on bodies to produce accelerated motion, we are attempting to push them to the speed of gravi-electromagnetic wave and not to the speed of light as special relativity claims or informs us.
You must now understand that in gravi-electrodynamics, we discover the gravi-electromagnetic wave, which is the second non-mechanical wave in the universe, and in gravi-electrodynamics, we describe the relativistic relationship between the accelerated mechanical motion of bodies and the accelerated non-mechanical motion of gravi-electromagnetic wave and not the uniform non-mechanical motion of light.
It is in this study that we also find that accelerated frames carry gravi-electromagnetic potential energy E=mu2 which is not constant and which increases with increase in impressed energy, unlike the relativistic electromagnetic potential energy E=mc2 for uniform frames which is constant.
So, a fundamental distinction to now know is that relativistic electromagnetic potential energy E=mc2 is constant whereas relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy E=mu2 is not constant.
Do not forget the above for it underlies the absolute relativistic difference between uniform and accelerated frames, and this is how we find out that it is the relativistic potential energy of accelerated frames that increases when we accelerate bodies and not relativistic mass.
I really hope you can see how relativistic potential energy is of more fundamental significance than relativistic mass. It’s just like how we discovered that the law of conservation of energy is more fundamental and encompassing than the law of conservation of mass, only that in this case the concept of relativistic mass is completely discarded.
The Ponderable World and this Discourse
When you bring absolute science in its pure form into this discourse, we then realize something else that increases for accelerating ponderable (non-charged) bodies besides their relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy.
What is this other something? This other something is inertia. As we accelerate ponderable bodies by an impressed energy, their inertia or resistance to accelerated motion increases.
This is important and spectacular because it does not apply to electrical (charged) bodies.
So, ponderable bodies experience an increase in inertia and an increase in relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential as they accelerate when there is an impressed energy and both increase should not be confused for relativistic mass. This was my focus in the treatise, especially inertia and relativistic mass.
Now, while the increase in relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy is directly related to the increase in impressed energy, the increase in inertia is indirectly related to increase in relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy but it is directly related to something else which is light, and this is because, for all ponderable bodies, light is the maximum resistance to accelerated motion.
So, when we accelerate ponderable bodies, we realize that their inertia increases. This is natural and it is because they want to attain the maximum resistance to accelerated motion, which is light, though they cannot.
Therefore, it should be understood that the inertia of all accelerating ponderable bodies directly increases due to light which is the maximum resistance to accelerated motion while the relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy of all accelerating ponderable bodies increases directly due to the increase in impressed energy.
The increase in inertia does not apply to electrical bodies only the increase in relativistic gravi-electromagnetic potential energy.
I have so much to say to you about all this, but I don’t want to complicate what you have come to understand about why special relativity is wrong about relativistic mass.
When you get The Theory of the Universe, you will come to understand by yourself the entire ramifications of the differences between the relativity of uniform motion and that of accelerated motion.
In this scientific post, and which is the first ever, I showed you why special relativity is wrong about relativistic mass. I informed you that special relativity has no concern with accelerated frames, thus cannot be right about what increases with increase in impressed energy on accelerated frames.
It is now gravi-electrodynamics that informs us about what increases with increase in impressed energy and it is relativistic (gravi-electromagnetic) potential energy and not relativistic mass.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa