Monday, August 21, 2006

The key to the Pioneer anomaly?

Peter Antreasian, a spacecraft navigation expert at JPL who along with Joseph Guinn first brought attention to the anomalies seen in Galileo and NEAR during their Earth fly-bys, believes that it will require a modified law of gravity or other new physics to explain it.

I almost hate to propose it, but could we be dealing with "hyperdimensional physics"?


JohnFen said...

I have to admit that while I think Hoagland is overly speculative if you think of him as a researcher or scientist (he's neither), there's something that smacks of truth in his hyperdimensional physics hypothesis (which is a variant of some pretty old thinking, truth be told.)

W.M. Bear said...

I almost hate to propose it, but could we be dealing with "hyperdimensional physics"?

Or hyperactive imagination physics.

magnidude said...

and just maybe Tom Van Flandern and his Lorentzian relativity are right and Einstein was wrong after all. I'm not gonna pretend I'm able to follow Van Flandern in scientific terms much but I feel he makes a point saying that today physicists became more of mathematicians - immersing themselves in world of abstract speculations and loosing touch with the realthing. And more than that, being in fact cut off from any prospects of real experience, especially in the field of cosmology, I think, they turned inwards, they actually started to believe that it's possible to learn something about external world without actually reaching it. So there's no longer need for a posteriori, we know black holes exist and so does black matter, didn't you see the equations? They even no longer see it's in fact a negation of the scientific method.

Sometimes I think in their pursuit of the last and complete theory of everything they started to look like some medieval alchemists in their mad quest for finding the philosophers' stone. And they're gonna be equally successful.

But what about us - the cosmic dreamers? We should fight this inward turn in science. What point of exploring cosmos if the only space ever needed for exploration was mind?

And that's why I like people like Van Flandern.