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*To*: starship-design@lists.uoregon.edu*Subject*: starship-design: What is gravity?*From*: jimaclem@juno.com*Date*: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 22:30:48 -0400*Reply-To*: jimaclem@juno.com*Sender*: owner-starship-design

Kyle wrote, <What is gravity. I know, the knee-jerk response is, its produced by mass> <But what IS it?> Well, for my two cents worth, I don't know what it IS, but I think I know how to model it. I space-time is treated as if it were a compressible fluid, then the effects (at least some of them) of gravity are recreated, i.e., in the presence of a mass, space-time compresses, and a ray of light entering this region is bent, as Einstein predicted. Now, I'm NOT saying that space-time IS a compressible fluid, just that it seems to act like one. I'm still working on the real numbers for this hypothesis, and hope to have them posted here soon. P.S. I'll go out on a limb here. If this hypothesis is correct, we may be able to devise a way to manipulate space-time, maybe like the Alcubierre concept. Any thoughts? Let me know. Jim Clem jimaclem@juno.com

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