Can anyone confirm this –
When you have a Cartesian plane, i.e. an XY plane. You can map y=x**2 and get a parabola. The axes are y=0 and x=0 respectively.
But if we change the Y axis to y=x**2, and map y=x**2 we get a straight line.
Something moving at a constant speed, results in a straight line when we map it. No acceleration.
Force accelerates the movement of that upon which it acts. No straight lines here.
Gravity is a force. When we drop an apple (what else 🙂 ), it falls according to y=-ct**2. A parabola. Changing the y axis to ct**2 will give us a straight line.
So, gravity, a force, can be thought of as compressing space.
And the compression of space would be the most, closest to the mass, and fall off as r**2.
1) is this what Einstein meant with general relativity?
Force is a construct. It is the compression of space that is ‘real’. There is no action-at-a-distance.
Just like time dilates or mass changes as one approaches the speed of light. We used to think of time as linear, but now we know it is a function of velocity.
2) electricity/magnetism should do the same thing – compress space, since space (our Cartesian plane) doesn’t care whether the force comes from a mass or a charged particle, like an electron.
So – do the other 2 forces – Weak and Strong, also act in the same way?
These are my 2 questions.
Actually, I just thought of another: what is the velocity of this compression? Has anyone measured it? I haven’t read about it anywhere.
I’d appreciate anyone confirming or clarifying my idea.