Space is one of the fundamental entities that is incorporated to build the body of knowledge that we call physics. It is so fundamental and common in physics that it will come as a surprise to you that till today physicists have not been able to come to a satisfying definition of it.
Space, though we think it is everywhere, is a profound mystery in science. When we look out into the broader universe and even at matter, we are looking at extensions of space and we are really awed by its astronomical proportion, but it is sad that we have not arrived a satisfying definition of it.
Well, this is no longer the case because of the advent of post-modern physics. Post-modern physics now gives us the true definition of space which we never had before.
Before, in classical and modern physics, we had what I will call a practical understanding of space as something that we quantify using standardized measuring tools such as tapes and meter-sticks.
This has been the case, especially in modern physics, and we only had a quantitative understanding of space; we never had an understanding of the true nature of space until now.
Also, this quantitative understanding of space refers to relative space. That is, we only believed in the existence of relative space and not of absolute space and this was especially due to modern physics. So, the quantitative understanding of space we had was of relative space and not of absolute space.
As you may already know, the abolishing of Newton’s absolute space for relative space was as a result of Einstein’s relativity which showed us that space is not immovable as Newton thought but that it can expand and contract due to motion.
Nevertheless, absolute space is a concept that was introduced into physics by Isaac Newton who attempted to define it.
I will present his definition in this scientific article, but before I do, I want to make you know that I will be comparing Newton’s definition of absolute space with the one you will find in post-modern physics and also comparing the definition of relative space with that of absolute space in post-modern physics.
I want to make these two comparisons so that I can let you know that the new definition of absolute space is a better definition than Newton’s and that absolute space is a better representation of the nature of space than relative space.
Besides, how we understand relative space is the same as Newton’s definition of it in the Principia as I will discuss in this scientific article.
So, I will really be comparing Newton’s definition of absolute space and relative space with the post-modern definition of absolute space to give us a single understanding of space and what its nature really is.
Now, in the Principia, Newton defined absolute space and relative space in this manner:
– “Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure of the absolute spaces; which our senses determine by its position to bodies: and which is vulgarly taken for immovable space…”
It is easy to see from the above that Newton gave us a static description of absolute space. Newton’s absolute space is totally independent of any motion in the universe and it always preserves its immovability.
Newton went further to recognize the existence of relative space which unlike absolute space is movable and Newton saw it as what takes measurement of absolute space. This relative space is what we sense by the position or proportion of bodies or we can simply say matter.
Newton was careful to let us know that we “vulgarly” take relative space for absolute space. Obviously, he wanted us to keep the distinction between absolute space and relative space in mind even when we deploy relative space to understand the universe.
Looking at Newton’s definitions, we can see that two kinds of space are recognized and it is not hard to wonder if we can arrive at a single understanding of space even though Newton recognizes that absolute space is the true kind of space in the universe.
At least he made the impression that relative space is the space of our own creation and not of the universe. Why I speak of a single understanding of space is because Newton did not give us a theory that was based purely on absolute space since he held that it was the true nature of space.
If absolute space represents the true nature of space, how then can we arrive at a theory that is purely based on absolute space and not on relative space? Newton, even though he mentioned and attempted to define absolute space, he did not base his deductions in the Principia purely on absolute space.
A major part of his deductions and predictions were derived from relative space even though Newton’s proposition of absolute space was an underlying guide. And by the time we came into modern physics, every last vestige of absolute space has been completely forgotten and replaced with relative space.
But now post-modern physics is taking us back again to the concept of absolute space and its true meaning. And in this effort, post-modern physics is taking a different approach from Newton’s approach.
Post-modern physics is giving us a new definition of absolute space that was unconceived by Newton. So, what is absolute space in post-modern physics? Absolute space is defined thus:
– Absolute space is that which flows with regards to inertia.
Considering only the three fundamental entities, absolute space, absolute time and inertia, the definition of absolute space above is therefore only comparable to the definition of absolute time which I will discuss in another scientific post and the flow of absolute space is the primary cause of all motions and extensions in the universe.
The above definition is the simple definition of absolute space in post-modern physics. One special consequence of the above definition is that it absolves physics of the need for the ad-hoc application of relative space, which following Newton’s thought would be because absolute space is unreactive or immovable.Absolute space is that which flows with regards to inertia.Click To Tweet
This is important because the absolute space of post-modern physics is movable, thus we can derive a theory based on the conditions that determine the flow of absolute space. Both the relevance of Newton’s absolute space and relative space are being undermined by the absolute space of post-modern physics.The absolute space of post-modern physics is movable, thus we can derive a theory based on the conditions that determine the flow of absolute space.Click To Tweet
The non-reactive, independent absolute space of Newton does not exist in post-modern physics. So, our once thought inescapable dependence on relative space in order for us to understand the universe has become greatly undermined by the new definition of absolute space by post-modern physics.
The absolute space of post-modern physics is reactive and dependent on inertia. The role inertia plays in our understanding of absolute space (and also of absolute time) is very important and it is what was missing in Newton’s definition of absolute space.The role inertia plays in our understanding of absolute space (and also of absolute time) is very important and it is what was missing in Newton's definition of absolute space.Click To Tweet
Inertia is a fundamental entity in the universe that has the same status as absolute space and without which we cannot place or succeed in arriving at any definition of absolute space.
The new definition of absolute space replaces Newton’s absolute space and relative space. It replaces Newton’s absolute space by its association with inertia and it replaces Newton’s relative space by its resulting movability.
This new definition of absolute space is what was used to present the new understanding of the universe that can be found in the Treatise. The Treatise is based purely on the above definition of absolute space in post-modern physics.The Treatise is based purely on the above definition of absolute space in post-modern physics.Click To Tweet
Also, the new definition of absolute space is why we now talk about absolute relativity which is the new theory that informs us about how the principles of relativity apply to absolute space.
There was no way the principles of relativity could be reconciled with Newton’s immovable absolute space which was why physicists concluded that relativity abolished the concept of absolute space.
This is why I always say that modern relativity or physics only abolished Newton’s absolute space and not the true concept of absolute space which has now being discovered in post-modern relativity or physics.
This new and very insightful definition of absolute space is what has produced the unforeseen union called absolute relativity, and this absolute relativity is the conceptual framework upon which the universe was designed.
So, the long-sought unified field theory is based on absolute space and not on relative space which we have always applied in physics. This is one of the major reasons why we have missed it all this while.
The space in the previous attempts to discover the final theory was relative space and this greatly hindered the progress towards the unified understanding of the cosmos.
In absolute relativity, we are looking at the conditions that cause absolute space to expand or contract just like we had thought for relative space. The only difference being that these relativistic occurrences really apply to absolute space and not to relative space which is a false and non-existent kind of space in the universe.
Now, both absolute space and time have two forms in the universe and considering this further shows you how the absolute space and time of post-modern physics are very different from relative space and time and from absolute space and time according to Newton’s definitions.
The two forms of absolute space and time are uniform space and time and accelerated space and time and I will soon discuss these two forms of absolute space and time in their own separate scientific articles so that I can inform you to the greatest possible detail about the nature of space and time.
So, I want you to know that absolute space is defined as that which flows with regards to inertia in post-modern physics. And a good look at the definition shows that it is very different from what we thought space was.
Absolute space and its true nature raises the thought that we are dealing with an entity and not just some quantity like we thought and which is what relative space is.
Absolute space is a deeper, entitical representation of space than relative space could ever be. So, the post-modern definition of absolute space presented in this scientific article is the true and satisfactory answer to the question: what is absolute space?
The post-modern definition of absolute space is a revolution that the trail of its final course would be what produces the final and complete dependence of physics on absolute space for both theoretical and practical applications in our understanding and exploration of the universe. Ponder this.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa
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