__Occam’s
Razor and Gravitomagnetism
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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.