An Einstein Corollary can save Everyone

Written by Otto E. Rossler   
Thursday, 07 January 2016 03:47
An Einstein Corollary can save Everyone

Otto E. Rossler
Division of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 18, 72076 Tübingen, Germany

A footnote to the history of science is offered. Einstein’s mind was even more fertile than he himself acknowledged. A long overlooked corollary to his most superhuman insight (“happiest thought”) proves to be a bonanza.
(January 7, 2016)

In part I, the new corollary is described. Then in part II, an explanation is offered as to why it is worthwhile.

Part I
The context is the “happiest thought of my life” as Einstein always called it: the fact that downstairs in an accelerating spaceship in outer space, time goes slower. This was a totally unexpected, seemingly absurd prediction [1]. The GPS is its daily fruit.
The latter does not stand alone. In addition, light predictably appears slowed downstairs [1]. This second prediction from 1907 [1] is equally important though yet to be measured.
Now the missing third step: The cause of the observable slowdown lies in a relative slant valid compared to above, of a light ray advancing downstairs hugging the horizontal bottom of the long rocketship. So the light only looks slowed from above. Instead, the distance traveled (size) is increased downstairs in proportion to the observed slowdown. Hence c remains a global constant. This new result is not actually surprising since Einstein’s theory of the accelerating rocketship in outer space is exclusively based on special relativity with its global constancy of c.

Part II
The at last retrieved global constancy of c in gravitation is maximally rich in implications: # 1 amongst them is the elusive “holy grail of physics” (compatibility of gravitation theory with quantum mechanics). # 2 is disturbing (no Big Bang). # 3 is life-saving since black holes possess new properties in the wake of c-global. Decisive amongst them is nonexistence of Hawking radiation (the slow lightning in which micro black holes allegedly evaporate into nothingness).

The last-mentioned implication of c-global (lack of Hawking radiation) is of existential importance. The obvious reason: black holes (along with their surface called horizon) are never finished in finite outer time, This fact, known since 1939, has life-saving implications.
The reason has to do with the fact that humankind is presently busy creating the hottest resident spot in the universe down on earth. The aim is to in this way create resident micro black holes.
The problem is not that this goal has become less elusive in the wake of c-global (which fact represents good news in the eyes of the experimenters). Rather, black holes if formed cannot be registered anymore because their characteristic signature, predicted by Hawking [2], is gone. But could the experiment not nonetheless become a smashing success?
It would be a success which cannot be verified, at first. But later, after a few years’ delay, the success will become manifest. This is because black holes are known to grow exponentially inside eatable matter. It is this final consequence which is not something to look forward to. Reason: the exponential growth will continue in an unstoppable fashion turning the planet’s matter into a 2-cm black hole after a symptom-free delay of several (order of ten) years.
Thus the proudest hope of physics, attached to the hottest spot in the universe (CERN’s “Big Bang experiment”), has lost some of its appeal in the wake of a return to the happiest thought of the most daring thinker of history. Everyone hopes that the hottest spot ever generated was not yet hot enough for producing black holes. In a few decades’ time we shall know better.
For J.O.R.

[1] A. Einstein (1907), On the relativity principle and the conclusions drawn from it (in German). Jahrbuch der Radioaktivität 4, 411-462. English translation:
[2] S. Hawking (1974), Black hole explosions? Nature 248, 30–31. your social media marketing partner
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