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Spacetime and Quantum Mechanics

Hypothesis: The faster an object is moving relative to a source of energy/force, the less influence said force exerts upon the object.

Can some physicist explain to me what is wrong with the above hypothesis (postulate) and why it doesn't get rid of quantum mechanics and spacetime entirely? Thank You.

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David Utidjian on :

What is wrong with it is that what you are proposing is, quite simply, (*not*) what is observed.

In fact we can observe the exact opposite. It is how magnetic braking works. As one moves a conductive plate between the two poles of a magnet it creates eddy currents in the plate. The eddy currents create a field opposite to the one in the fixed magnet. The plate slows down. The faster you try and move it the greater the braking force. Of course the same thing happens when one tries to move a magnet past a conductive plate quickly.

My favorite, simple and most dramatic demonstration of this effect is something you can also easily do.

Get a length of copper or aluminum pipe that is straight and about three feet long. The standard 1/2" copper pipe should be easy to find. Get a powerful permanent magnet like one of the neodymium types that is smaller then the inside diameter of the pipe. Also get a piece of steel (or any material) which is about the same density and shape as the magnet. You might also try a weaker magnet. The important thing is the objects including the magnet must be able to pass easily through the pipe. You should be able to just drop them through when holding the pipe vertically.

Now drop each object through the pipe and note how long it takes for it to fall out the bottom. Most objects will drop through almost instantly... just about as fast as if you simply dropped them on the ground from three feet up. But a powerful magnet may take as long as 30 seconds to fall through the pipe.

Your hypothesis is falsified.
QED.

Andrew Maxim on :

David,

Thanks for the response, but before you use a word like falsified make sure you cover your bases (all your bases are...). Like the simple fact that the foundation of my hypothesis (energy transfer slows at high velocities) has been proven a few hundred thousand times over by modern physics. What remains in question is the reason why (time distortion versus quantum mechanics where everything is just pseudo magic versus my belief of energy saturation).

I do love magnetism though and you are correct on that front. Until your magnets start travelling somewhere around 0.1c, and then all bets are off. As an example of this, take an electron (those pesky little things that are the basis of magnetism) and run it through an intense electromagnetic field to accelerate it (aka a super collider). The higher the velocity of the electron gets, the more intense the electromagnetic field must be to continue accelerating the electron (i.e. the less energy the electron absorbs).

It also happens to be the reason that super colliders used to be built with an upward slope (damn electrons started ignoring gravity when they got going really fast). Einstein's physics tells us this happens because as the electron approached c, time gets all sorts of messed up. Quantum physics tells us that subatomic particles can just do whatever the hell they want. Regardless of the reason, it is, quite simple, what IS observed. But don't take my word for any of this, do a little reading of some physics for yourself.

-Andrew

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