Gravity and the Absoluteness of Time: a Simple Qualitative Model

Carmine Cataldo

Abstract


In this paper, we qualitatively examine the compatibility between gravity and the absoluteness of time. Initially, time is supposed as being absolute. However, this assumption does not imply that instruments and devices, finalized to measure time, are not influenced by gravity. On the contrary, we admit that whatever phenomenon, including the ones that occur when we measure time, shows clear traces of the influence of gravity. Nonetheless, the alleged time dilation, that seems to occur when we approach a gravitational source, could actually be illusory. In this paper, in fact, we contemplate the possibility that the above-mentioned phenomenon could be exclusively related to the contraction of the orbits induced by the mass that produces the gravitational field. We start from postulating a Universe, belonging to the oscillatory class, characterized by at least a further spatial dimension. At the beginning, the Universe in its entirety is assimilated to a four-dimensional ball, and matter is considered as being evenly spread. Once hypothesized that all the available mass may be concentrated in a single point, taking advantage of an opportune parameterization, pretending that the orbits don't undergo any modification whatsoever and admitting, as a consequence, that time starts slowing down when we move towards the singularity, we can easily obtain, far from the source, a Schwarzschild solution for the vacuum field, without using General Relativity.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/apr.v9n2p42

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