Is This Spacetime Geometry Mathematically Conceivable?

  • #1
Is it possible to invent a non-Riemannian geometry to justify the existence of a "metric" of the form:

1/ds^2 = 1/dt^2 – 1/(dx^2 + dy^2 + dz^2)

Eugene Shubert
http://www.everythingimportant.org/relativity
 

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  • #2
schwarzchildradius
isn't that just
ds2 = dt2- (dx2+dy2+dz2)
?
 
  • #4
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Umm, I would agree with schwarzchildradius here. Just multiply through and suddenly you get rid of the nasty fractions.
 
  • #5
schwarzchildradius
Yes I do remember elementary algebra, good for me. you can invert that equation.
 
  • #6
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Would you like to expain in more detail how you think you can invert that fraction to get the required result?
 
  • #7
I thought flipping a fraction such as 1/3^2 would result in 3^-2.

Doesn't it change the exponent?
 
  • #8
suffian
C'mon guys....

1/ds2 = 1/dt2 – 1/(dx2 + dy2 + dz2)
1/ds2 = (dx2 + dy2 + dz2 - dt2)/[ (dx2 + dy2 + dz2)(dt2) ]

ds2 = [ (dx2 + dy2 + dz2)(dt2) ]/(dx2 + dy2 + dz2 - dt2)

Which just doesn't look any cleaner.

edit: changed to using integrated superscript.
 
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  • #9
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Originally posted by suffian
C'mon guys....

1/ds2 = 1/dt2 – 1/(dx2 + dy2 + dz2)
1/ds2 = (dx2 + dy2 + dz2 - dt2)/[ (dx2 + dy2 + dz2)(dt2) ]

ds2 = [ (dx2 + dy2 + dz2)(dt2) ]/(dx2 + dy2 + dz2 - dt2)

Which just doesn't look any cleaner.

edit: changed to using integrated superscript.
That was my point.
 
  • #10
Let me suggest the physical meaning to the expression above.

I’m thinking of ds as an invariant that represents a differential increment of proper time. That would imply that the total amount of elapsed proper time t' would equal t/sqrt (1-1/V^2) where V^2 = (dx/dt)^2 + (dy/dt)^2 + (dz/dt)^2. I would interpret V^2 > 1 to be a superluminal velocity.
 

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