Occam’s Razor and Gravitomagnetism


In modern terms Occam’s Razor suggests that, when there is more than one explanation of something, the simplest one is probably the right one. Perhaps there are few phenomena like  (1) the Pioneer Anomalies, (2) the failure of Mercury (and other planets) to orbit the Sun in  perfect ellipses, (3) the cohesion of spiral galaxies when theory indicates that the outermost stars should drift off into intergalactic space, and (4) possibly others that the author doesn’t know about, that seem to be excellent candidates for Occam’s Razor. For the prevailing explanation for these phenomena is General Relativity theory and “dark matter”, which most students of physics might agree is not a simple or verifiable explanation.

A possible candidate for “The Razor” is Gravitomagnetism Theory, which provides elegant explanations of these various phenomena in terms that any first year student in physics can easily understand. The fundamental idea of this theory is that there is, in mass-mass interactions, a companion field to the magnetic field of electromagnetic theory. This field, dubbed the O field (to employ a letter not commonly used), is the so-called gravitomagnetic field. It can be solved by making certain substitutions in Maxwell’s theory, said substitutions being enumerated in a companion article to the present one, entitled “On the Roots of Gravitomagnetic Theory.”

One of the tenets of Gravitomagnetic Theory (or GMT for short) is that, while inertial mass remains the same, gravitational mass is mathematically Imaginary. Among other things, this implies that the density of gravitational field energy (which is proportional to the gravitational field squared) is negative, whereas the density of electric field energy is positive.

One of the more interesting facts engendered by GMT is that a stable model for the positron (and hence for the electron) is suggested. For the question “What holds the positron (and its cousin, the electron) together?” has challenged theorists ever since the electron’s discovery. The author remembers reading somewhere that Einstein tried (unsuccessfully) to demonstrate that this ubiquitous particle is held together by gravity. To the author’s knowledge, the article “A Stable Model for the Positron” is the first satisfying candidate for answering a long pondered enigma.

“The best explanation is the simplest one.” Few who read the articles on GMT will not agree that, compared to General Relativity Theory and “dark matter”, GMT is a simpler alternative.