On July 17, 2011, Maurice Cotterell appeared on Coast to Coast AM with George Knapp. He is an author, engineer and scientist who claims that he understands how gravity works, sunspot cycles, magnetic reversals and several other scientific concepts.
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Does Maurice Cotterell believe what he says, or is he being controversial in order to just sell his books? And is there truth in what he says?
How Gravity Works:
Maurice Cotterell explains that electricity and magnetism work together to produce the force of gravity. “The hydrogen atom and helium atom generate helically polarised electromagnetic radiation (gravity radiation) from polar regions that bombards neighbouring atoms drawing them towards the source of the radiation. Gravity radiation then causes the nucleus of the neighbouring atom to spin axially (the motor effect) and, at the same time, synchronizes the spin of the electrons in both atoms. The neighbouring atom, in turn, generates helically polarised electromagnetic energy (the generator effect). Both atoms spin axially in the same direction. Hence, the gravitational forces from both atoms pull in the same direction and the forces are additive. The gravitational constant G is shown to be the instantaneous alternating magnetic force between any two electron-magnets in neighbouring atoms and, hence, the gravitational force F is proportional to G x m X M (where m and M represent the electron count of neighbouring atoms).”
I will attempt to explain this to a person that may not have taken a physics class. The two most common elements in our universe are hydrogen and helium. Electromagnetic radiation (such as sunlight) hits some hydrogen and helium atoms and they start to spin in a specific direction. These spinning atoms cause other nearby atoms to spin in the same direction. All these spinning atoms generate gravitational energy waves that attract them towards each other.
In 1685, Sir Isaac Newton publicized his Theory of Universal Gravitation. The theory states that each particle of matter attracts every other particle with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Larger and closer objects affect us more than smaller and more distant objects.
In 1916, Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity. According to Einstein, gravity curves space. Due to this distortion, the straightest possible line that an object can travel is now along a spherical path.
Recent theories of gravity express the phenomenon in terms of particles and waves. One view states that particles called gravitons cause objects to be attracted to one another. Another view states that gravitational waves are generated when an object is accelerated by an external force. And these waves cause particles to be attracted to each other. Neither gravitons nor gravitational waves have been observed.
Eric Sabo has put forth a theory of gravity that, to me, makes sense. Gravity is the weak electrostatic attraction between atoms. Each atom is a tiny weak magnet (some better than others). These atoms are not all pointed in the same direction. The forces that attract atoms to each other are stronger than the forces that repel atoms from each other. As you add more atoms you increase the attractive forces between these atoms.
If Eric Sabo is correct, gravity is caused simply by atoms being near each other. The spin of a group of atoms is caused by the angular momentum caused by the electrostatic interactions between these atoms. The direction of spin is caused by gravity, not the reverse as Maurice Cotterell would have you believe.
Google has taken this concept and has run with it is a different way. Google determines how important a website or web page is by which web pages link to it. PageRank is a numeric value that represents how important a page is on the web. Google figures that when one page links to another page, it is effectively casting a vote for the other page. The more votes that are cast for a page, the more important the page must be. Also, the importance of the page that is casting the vote determines how important the vote itself is. Google calculates a page’s importance from the votes cast for it. Just as larger bodies (such as the Sun) transmit more gravity, higher ranked web pages transmit more power to other web pages.
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