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Could gravity be a convergence of waves?

  1. Sep 27, 2011 #1
    I was just watching a television program about gravity today and it got me wondering what gravity was exactly.

    Most analogies used to describe gravity are of a heavy ball on a bed sheet. The ball creates a depression in the sheet and objects placed on the sheet will fall in towards the ball.
    My problem with that idea is that it uses gravity itself for the demonstration and so is relatively pointless. Not only that but gravity appears not to be two dimensional like the bed sheet.

    My idea (at least I think it's my idea) is, what if gravity doesn't bend space like the weight on the sheet but instead matter is herded together by waves in space time.

    The effect of orbit is merely an illusion created by fluctuations in the waves. While that might be a coincidence too great it does leave thought for the source of the waves.

    Your thought's will be well received :)
     
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  3. Sep 27, 2011 #2
    There is no math to support your guess. Not to sound rude, but I could just as easily say, "Maybe matter is just really friendly".

    You are right, gravity is not two dimensional like the bed sheet, and physicists understand this, but it is more difficult to try to explain that model as if there were an infinite number of bed sheets in all orientations around the object. The "gravity well" isn't in a particular orientation, it is a three dimensional distortion of space
     
  4. Sep 27, 2011 #3
    I know, what if I drew a diagram lol.

    I don't think I'd ever be able to calculate the maths for my theory however put me in closed room with a typewriter to bash for long enough and I might come up with something.
     
  5. Sep 27, 2011 #4

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    Please reread the PF rules on personal theories.
     
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