James Constant


Einstein's Equivalency Postulate Must be Abandoned for Study of Spacelike Wave Phenomena Such as Gravitation

Einstein's Equivalence Postulate Revisited

During the end of the 19th century, theoretical physics was based on three areas of knowledge: Newton's equations, Maxwell's equations, and the Galilean transformation. While the Galilean transformation (GT) predicted that reference frames in relative motion preserve the form of Newton's equations, in sharp contrast Maxwell's equations change their form. We say that while Newton's equations are invariant in form only under a GT, Maxwell's equations are not. The GT predicts that the velocity of light should be different in the two systems. Einstein's theory of special relativity did two things. First, it adopted the Lorentz transformation (LT) which preserves the velocity of light and Maxwell's equations in all systems and, second, it required that all the laws of physics should be examined as to their transformation properties under the LT. Those laws which do not keep their form invariant are to be generalized so as to obey an "equivalence postulate" which requires that all physical laws must be phrased in an identical manner for all uniformly moving systems.1 I question the all-inclusiveness of Einstein's equivalence postulate (EEP).

There is no doubt that there exist physical phenomena that obey EEP. Abundant experimental verification has by now been obtained confirming EEP, and this supports justification for Einstein's postulate for many phenomena. However, the question is whether there are some other phenomena which do not obey EEP and can be described by another postulate. Here, I begin by noting that Newton's equations are invariant under a GT and while they can be generalized to obey EEP, and perhaps provide new insights for phenomena, I see no reason why they should be exclusively made Lorentz invariant. Indeed, making them Lorentz dependent restricts them to behavior subject to the invariant speed of light. I further note that, for some phenomena, some other wave, other than light, may exist which preserves its speed in all systems.


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