A Brief Introduction to the Manuscript:
The Restoration of Space and Time:
Galilean-Newtonian Physics in the 21st Century
By Curt Renshaw
At the turn of the twentieth century, the special and general theories of relativity were developed to reconcile the extraordinary mathematical derivations of Maxwell's electromagnetic theory with the experimentally observed properties of light and gravity. The Michelson and Morley interferometer experiments demonstrated that light has an apparent constant velocity independent of any particular frame of reference. Lorentz and Einstein took this one observable characteristic of light, and, treating it as an absolute characteristic, developed a theory by which motion slows time and contracts length, and velocities no longer add in a common sense way. Combining this new model with Newton's laws of conservation of energy and momentum then required also that mass increase with velocity. This set an upper limit on attainable velocities at c, the speed of light, since reaching this speed would require infinite energy. Generalization of the special theory to the case of free-fall in a gravitational field produced the theory that gravity curves space and time. The end result is a universe that is not only counterintuitive, but is practically beyond the bounds of reason to the lay-person.
The weakness in the foundation of Einstein's theories lies in the assumption that the observed or measured invariant velocity of light represents an actual behavior of the light itself. This observed characteristic forms the basis for Einstein's second postulate: "The velocity of light is constant from all inertial frames of reference." The radiation continuum model (RCM) begins by modifying the second postulate to more precisely state: "The observed velocity of light is constant from all inertial frames of reference." From here RCM is developed. This model and its subsequent implications provide a complete and comprehensive alternative to the special and general theories of relativity, totally grounded in intuitive Galilean-Newtonian physics. The entire theory is developed from first-principles with no ad hoc assumptions, and contains no inexplicable constants whose values must be determined by experiment. Throughout the text, the classic "tests" of the special and general theories are addressed in detail. In every instance, the RCM produces results indistinguishable from relativity theory. These tests include the Michelson-Morley interferometer experiments, the Pound-Rebka gravitational red-shift measurements at Harvard, round the world time-lagged clocks experiments, the Scout-D rocket time-delay and gravitational red-shift measurements, the perihelion advance of Mercury, the deflection of starlight by the sun, the time-delay of light grazing the sun, mass increase in particle accelerators, and synchrotron radiation. The end result is a complete theory of light, motion and gravity that is simpler and more elegant than relativity theory, and that can be fully grasped by the lay person.
However, a theory that simply explains the same experimental results of accepted theories is of little value. This is where the differences between RCM theory and relativity become important. A comprehensive analysis under RCM of the famous twin paradox demonstrates that time dilation is an illusion, while the slowing of clocks in motion remains valid. RCM theory lifts the theoretical relativistic constraints on attainable velocities, thus allowing the plausibility of instantaneous communication over great distances and space travel at speeds reaching or exceeding c. We learn that the current search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) program is about as effective as listening for intergalactic drum beats--we are effectively looking for cars traveling the interstates at twenty miles per hour, ignoring the thousands of cars zipping by at fifty to seventy miles per hour and above. When RCM theory is applied to the paradoxes of quantum theory--all of which arise only due to stubborn acceptance of Einstein's second postulate--these paradoxes are replaced by images so clear and accessible it is inconceivable that they have been missed for so long. As importantly, a fresh approach to the "basic" laws of physics will spur fundamental advancement in areas of research that have atrophied since the advent of relativity theory. Einstein himself remarked, "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of the truth."