By Daniel W. Fry
The discussions provided during this ebook are provided within the desire that they might help
the layman, the start scholar, and maybe, even some of the extra complicated
students of cosmology, within the fulfillment of an method of the technological know-how that is
based upon basic knowing instead of upon the complicated and sometimes complicated
lattice-work of summary arithmetic which has been erected approximately it.
While it truly is precise that the language of arithmetic is a common language, it's,
nevertheless, a language which needs to be discovered sooner than it may be used or understood.
There are many people on the earth this present day who want to collect a better
knowledge and figuring out of the character of the universe approximately them, yet who
have by no means had the chance to familiarize themselves with the language of
mathematics to some extent that will enable them to stick with the trails wherein
this wisdom is in general presented.
It was once mostly for those people that this e-book was once written. hence, basic
discussion, rationalization and analogy could be substituted for arithmetic, to the best attainable measure. we'll threat, thereby, the scorn of the mathematician, yet may perhaps achieve the gratitude and
the comprehension of the non-math student.
Much of the cloth offered in those pages was once taken from a chain of lectures
originally written for the nice Western college, and from the e-book, "Steps to the
Stars," which was once first released a few years in the past, yet whose easy recommendations are just
now starting to be accredited by means of cosmologists.
Since the examine of cosmology embraces the microcosm in addition to the macrocosm,
we will start this article with a attention of the main minute and basic
particles of nature, insofar as they're identified and understood at the present time. we'll
examine the forces which bind those debris jointly, yet that may additionally, lower than
certain situations, hurl them violently apart.
Physicists may possibly criticize the e-book as being over simplified, but as we proceed our
examination of its textual content we may well locate, to our shock, that almost all of the innumerable
laws or ideas of physics, which were discovered via such a lot of years of sufferer
observation, try out, and interpretation, may very well be estimated via the reader, even
though he could by no means have heard of these legislation or ob-served them in operation.
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Of course, we hear at once the objection that, while negative gravitational fields have been shown to exist, they have been found only within the atom and at intergalactic distances. How can we place a space ship within the negative portion of the curve, with respect to the earth? The answer to this question lies in the fact that, as we have already learned, the natural laws are not absolute, but relative. That is, the size and shape of the curve of one law is dependent upon the value and position of the others.
We must be prepared to exercise a great deal of patience, because the forces involved, and the resulting accelerations are so minute that many millions of years will probably elapse before we can detect any significant increase in the number of particles per unit of volume. Nevertheless, all of the particles within several hundreds of thousands of light years are slowly but surely acquiring a velocity in our direction. As the concentration of matter at the center of our system increases, the intensity of its field will also increase and will add, not only to the velocity, but also to the acceleration of the inward moving particles.
75 here again we have found imagination raising our hopes, and reality disappointing, for no material has been discovered which shows any promise of fulfilling such a function. With our hopes considerably subdued, we pass on to the third possibility. Gravity must be overcome. We must apply a greater force, so that we can rise against the pull of gravity, even though we must pay an exorbitant tribute of energy for each foot of progress. In this last plan, we have achieved a certain degree of success.