The Fundamental Assumptions of the Theory of Relativity Shown False, Yet Many Predictions Match Observations. This Work Shows Why


The Theory of Relativity (TR) is now in conflict with a number of trustworthy experimental observations, most of which discovered recently with the help of the tightly synchronized clocks of the GPS. With base in these observations, the present work appoints mistaken assumptions in the construction of the TR, that beginned with a wrong interpretation of the null results of the Michelson light anisotropy experiments. The assumptions of the TR about the nature of space also become unfair within the scenario of the Higgs mechanism, underlying the Standard Elementary Particle Model, according to which space is filled up with real Higgs condensate (HC), responsible for giving mass to the elementary particles. The HC is a real and very powerful quantum space (QS), stable up to 1015 degrees Kelvin that rules the inertial motion of matter and the propagation of light. This QS is the locally ultimate reference for rest and for motions of matter and propagates light at a well defined velocity c with respect to the QS and not with respect to all inertial references. The presence of the HC cancels the reciprocal symmetry between observers that in the TR is the source of many unresolved or badly resolved paradoxes. It also eliminates the intrinsic isotropy of light with respect to all possible inertial references. On the other hand, the recent experimental observations show very clearly that this real QS is moving in the ordinary three-dimensional space according to a Keplerian velocity field round each astronomical body, consistently with the local main astronomical motions, thereby creating the observed gravitational dynamics. This spacedynamics is the quintessence of the gravitational fields and implies that earth is very closely resting with respect to the QS, which explains the null results of the Michelson light anisotropy experiments. All the conventional tests of the TR have been made with atoms or elementary particles at very high velocities within the earth based laboratories. In reality these experiments do not test the assumptions of the TR, but simply show the effect of motion with respect to the local QS. The equations of the TR describe well the corrections of time, mass, energy etc., however in these expressions the relative velocity must be replaced by the velocity with respect to the local QS. This spacedynamics has been shown in References [4]-[6] to correctly create the observed gravitational dynamics on earth and in the solar system as well as the galactic gravitational dynamics without the need of dark matter. This theory also correctly accounts for all the experimentally confirmed effects, caused by the gravitational fields on the propagation of light and the rate of clocks and moreover apoints the physical mechanism accelerating the expansion of the universe.

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Schaf, J. (2014) The Fundamental Assumptions of the Theory of Relativity Shown False, Yet Many Predictions Match Observations. This Work Shows Why. Journal of Modern Physics, 5, 1617-1639. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2014.516163.

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