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Il Nuovo Cimento B (1971-1996)

, Volume 104, Issue 4, pp 387–398 | Cite as

A new interpretation of Whitehead’s theory

  • A. T. Hyman
Article

Summary

A new interpretation is given of Afred N. Whitehead's 1922 theory of gravity, which was considered a viable alternative to Einstein's theory until 1971. The strong equivalence principle is satisfied by this new interpretation. The history, motivation and pedagogical advantages underlying the new interpretation are discussed. This version of Whitehead's theory passes the gravimeter tests which the old version failed. Tests such as the Nordtvedt effect and the binary pulsar are considered here, but no final conclusions are given.

PACS

04.50 Unified field theories and other theories of gravitation 

Новая интерпретация теории Уайтхеда

Резюме

Предлагается новая интерпетация теории гравитации Альфреда Н. Уайтхеда, сформулированной в 1922г., которая рассматривалась, как альтернативная теории Эйнштейна до 1971г. Эта новая интерпретация позволяет удовлетворить сильному принципу эквивалентности. Обсуждаются история, мотивация и педагогические преимущества новой интерпретации. Предложенный вариант теории Уайтхеда удовлетворяет гравиметрическим исследованиям, которым не удовлетворял старый вариант теории. В этой работе рассматриваются такие тесты, как эффект Нордведа и бинарный пульсар, однако не предлагаются окончательные выводы.

Riassunto

Si dà una nuova interpretazione della teoria di Alfred N. Whitehead del 1922 sulla gravità, che è stata considerata una valida alternativa alla teoria di Einstein fino al 1971. Il principio di forte equivalenza è soddisfatto da questa nuova interpretazione. Si discutono la storia, le ragioni e i vantaggi pedagogici che sottolineano la nuova interpretazione. Questa versione della teoria di Whitehead passa i test del gravimetro mancati dalla vecchia versione. Si considerano qui test come l'effetto di Nordtvedt e il pulsar binario ma non si danno conclusioni finali.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. T. Hyman
    • 1
  1. 1.Hadley

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