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If we want to confuse the issue even further we might be able to argue that the path Earth takes is the 'straightest possible' for it, in a 'convoluted SpaceTime' I think that was the position Einstein had on it.=And in that case it can't be a acceleration at all, can it?I think I'm starting to see his trouble with gravitational waves here )
If so, the question that comes to my mind from there is, do massive objects also absorb gravitational wave energy, because without that ability it would seem that mass would emit itself completely away?
Since the threads in the Alternative Theories sub-forum are not consideration as “hard science” I will say that I have seen no objection to the comment that all space is filled with gravitational wave energy, coming and going in all directions.
No objection does not mean agreement. In New Theories any ideas other than conspiracy and religious theories are allowed. Generally most of us don’t have the time to follow them all.
If matter is composed of just two fundamental components, inflowing and out flowing gravitational wave energy fronts, can we conclude that everything that occupies space is either a gravitational wave energy front, or matter composed of the points of intersection between gravitational wave fronts?
can you imagine that a particle or object is made up of a pattern of those on-going temporary convergences in what could be described as a standing wave convergence pattern,
Quote from: Bogie_Smilescan you imagine that a particle or object is made up of a pattern of those on-going temporary convergences in what could be described as a standing wave convergence pattern,The thing about standing waves is that they have some constraining boundaries that ensure that the wave stays in one place, and interferes with itself to form the standing wave. This applies to:- Standing waves on a guitar string: Constrained by the ends of the string- Standing waves in a flute: Constrained by the change in impedance at the end of the tube- Standing waves in a laser diode: Constrained by the mirrors at the end of the laser- Even Bohr's hypothetical standing waves in an electron orbit (since disproven, but still an excellent guess)The thing about gravitational waves is that as vibrations on the fabric of spacetime, we know of nothing that can constrain them to a specific region of space (and exclude waves that don't form part of the standing-wave pattern). So I don't see how gravitational waves can form standing waves. At best you would have a cacophony of different frequencies and amplitudes with random phases, producing random peaks in different locations. If these peaks produced particles, then you would have particles popping in and out of existence in random places and times.But we have good theories that predict the location of:- Big Objects: Newtons Laws of planetary motion (or Einstein's corrections, if you are near a star or black hole)- Small objects: Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism for charged particles (or Einstein's corrections, if you are near the speed of light)- Massless particles: Maxwell's equations of electromagnetism for lightIt is possible that random gravitational waves could contribute some small uncertainty to the location of objects:- But these are phenomenally small impacts - at the peak of large merger events, LIGO is detecting vibrations that are around 1/10,000 the width of a proton.- With practical measurement methods, the LHC can't locate a proton to this accuracy!I suspect that a much greater impact will come from:- the actual cosmic microwave background, which pushes around charged particles like electrons and protons- the actual neutrinos that are streaming through us from the Sun and cosmic rays and (rarely) interacting with atomic nuclei- the hypothetical Dark Matter particles that are thought to be streaming through us all the time, and hardly ever interacting with anything (apart from their gravitational fields).