Relativity and Cosmology


The Unity of Space and Time

Authors: Theodore J. St. John

The purpose of this paper is to propose and support a simple theory: that space and time are complementary aspects of the exact same essence – a process that separates itself into both a physical and temporal aspect. This Unity Theory postulates that the spacetime continuum is primarily a unity that manifests as a duality with two seemingly independent base quantities and that treating one (space) as three-dimensional and the other (time) as one-dimensional unnecessarily complicates the math and distorts interpretation of the results. Because length and duration are different by definition, their independence cannot be disputed, but they are not different in essence, only in the way they are measured. It is also shown that measurement itself, being a snapshot of the aspect measured, locks the other aspect out of the equation forcing the conclusion comparable to concluding that one’s image in the mirror can only look at itself. The Unity model of spacetime is developed mathematically and explained by analogy with the two ways to describe the level in a glass of water (fullness and emptiness). Allowing balanced representation by each provides a perspective that transcends the two-dimensional plane in which space and time appear to be fundamentally separate. Application of this theory to the Special Theory of Relativity provides a simple and sensible explanation of why the speed of light is constant as well as why distortions appear in both length and time for a particle approaching this limit. Application to Quantum Theory provides a common sense explanation of the particle-wave duality. The space-time diagram is used to illustrate the multivector that unifies all aspects of electromagnetic theory; it demonstrates a logical explanation for the arrow of time and provides the template for a Unified Field Theory.

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