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So...we had the big bang, and after we had a cloud of dust and gas in a vacuum. Some of the (charged?) dust found itself attracted to each other and bonded together to form the basis of planets. In doing so the bits of dust took up less space collectively than they did as individual particles and therefore pulled on the vacuum.
This process continued even after a perfect vacuum was achieved in space. Because space couldn't stretch beyond a perfect vacuum, and yet the dust continued to join together taking up less space, so space got stretched locally around the formations. This localised stretching caused a distortion of space that sucks everything in, in order to try to return balance and equilibrium to space.
Paradoxically gasses that got sucked in are not dense enough to fill the void, so we end up with a pressurised atmosphere within an area of greater vacuum.
So what I'm suggesting is that the formation of the planets, or the condensing of matter, pulls on space and distorts it, causing gravity.
I know I'm fighting way above my weight coming on this site because I'm not a very academic person, but I do like to think about such things. And so, while I have used a lot of poetic license to fill in the holes in my knowledge, the main premise that gravity is space being distorted through being stretched or pulled (through the condensing of matter) makes very simple sense to me, so I'll be interested in any comments.Regards,L_D
Maybe check my personal favourite, bit controversial, but IMHO lots better than the usually held view, esp since I more or less arrived at the same conclusions independently, naturally [ahem] - think you will like it, if I read you right:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process_Physics