Relativity and Cosmology


Review of Newton’s Bucket on Wiki

Authors: Robert Bennett

Abstract Newton’s Bucket has been an enigma since being published in the Principia in 1687. It was the source of debate between Newton’s absolute space and Ernst Mach’s concept of relative rotation with respect to distant objects. Wikipedia’s rendition of the Bucket argument provides no solution but just confusion by ignoring some basic facts which will be pointed out in the detailed edits below. •Relativity is assumed true instead of being proven true •Kinematics and dynamics are not distinguished •Arguing against discarded theories is pointless •Switching reference frames during observations is fatal •Missing the crucial role of the lab frame •Fictitious forces are symbols of fictitious physics. The key is to recognize that: water at rest in the bucket frame => no rotation => no centrifugal force => no covariance => laws of dynamics are invalid in a non-lab frame.

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[v1] 2018-01-11 22:19:15

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