The Weakness of Gravity

  • Thread starter Kt_Atis
  • Start date
  • #1
18
0
Today after watching a show called "Parallel Universe" and they talked about Parallel Universes of course. But the interesting thing is that they said that gravity is weak. For example. Like how the whole earth pulls on you and yet you are able to pick things up in a heartbeat with no problem at all. So they later come to the conclusion that gravity is leaking from our universe into an 11th deminsion. This is called M-Theory. Later they say that what if gravity wasn't leaking from our universe but to it. What if it came from that other universe inwhich the gravity would be as strong as the other forces but by the time it reached us it would only be a faint signal.

So my question is how likely is this scenerio.
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
rbj
2,226
9
Today after watching a show called "Parallel Universe" and they talked about Parallel Universes of course. But the interesting thing is that they said that gravity is weak. For example. Like how the whole earth pulls on you and yet you are able to pick things up in a heartbeat with no problem at all. So they later come to the conclusion that gravity is leaking from our universe into an 11th deminsion. This is called M-Theory. Later they say that what if gravity wasn't leaking from our universe but to it. What if it came from that other universe inwhich the gravity would be as strong as the other forces but by the time it reached us it would only be a faint signal.

So my question is how likely is this scenerio.
the thing that bothers me about the concept of the weakness of gravity is that when you get to specifics, it isn't only a comparison of the force of gravity to the forces of other fundamental interactions, say electromagnetic, but there are other quantities involved like the amounts of mass and charge. and these quantities are not commensurable ("comparing apples to oranges"), so since the force of gravity depends on how much mass you have and the force of E&M depends on how much charge you have, who says that gravity as a class of interaction is weaker than EM as an interaction? we can come up with a mass-to-charge ratio where the forces would be equal.

[tex] \sqrt{ \frac{1}{G 4 \pi \epsilon_0} } = \frac{m_P }{q_P} [/tex]

with a mass/charge ratio of that, the strength of gravity is the same as the strength of EM. but elementary particles have a much less mass/charge ratio than that. so that is why, for charged elementary particles, the gravitational interaction seems to be insignificant - because the charge on the protons is approximately the Planck unit of charge but the mass of the protons is far, far less than the Planck mass.

i like how Frank Wilczek puts it:
...We see that the question [posed] is not, "Why is gravity so feeble?" but rather, "Why is the proton's mass so small?" For in Natural (Planck) Units, the strength of gravity simply is what it is, a primary quantity, while the proton's mass is the tiny number [1/(13 quintillion)]...
http://www.physicstoday.org/pt/vol-54/iss-6/p12.html [Broken] June 2001 Physics Today
 
Last edited by a moderator:

Related Threads on The Weakness of Gravity

  • Last Post
Replies
8
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
843
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
1K
  • Last Post
2
Replies
33
Views
21K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
1K
Replies
4
Views
1K
Top