Ask A Genius 382 – Almost, But Not Quite, So Never
September 14, 2018
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: You once asked me, “What would the physics be like if the force of gravitation is attenuated as you’re collapsing an object – a potential black hole for instance – reaches an escape velocity of close to the speed of light?” Let’s explore this.
Rick Rosner: I believe gravitational force is not just a function of the matter in an object being attracted to all the other matter in an object. But it actually has something to do in interaction with the rest of the universe.
The way Mach’s principle postulates that inertia is the interaction between a stationary or a moving body against the background or versus the background of all the other matter in the universe.
If gravitation has a Mach’s principle type thing going on, it doesn’t even have to be a strong Mach’s principle – and in fact, it is probably a weak Mach’s principle based on what I have been thinking about the last couple of days.
If the matter is defined in space, if the fuzziness is reduced by all the interactions it has with all the other matter in space, I used this analogy a zillion times. The universe is a giant gunfight. It detects every participant in the gunfight by bouncing every particle off every other particle.
Everybody is shooting at everybody else. The universe roughly knows where everything is with all the shooting and bouncing going on. The universe detects itself. In a collapsing body, you have an extra gang fight going on, with more bullets being shot.
Because as you have a sphere of matter that becomes more and more dense, the closer all those particles get together and to each other, then the more particles they can exchange. That probably includes virtual and real particles – black holes are hot.
The things collapsing in black holes are hot. There is a lot of radiation floating around. I would guess that this extra level of interaction – the extra bullets hitting all this collapsing matter – serve to define matter in this collapsing object more precisely in space, which has the equal effect or equivalent effect of making space more capacious.
Because particles are more precisely defined with extra interactions that reduce their de Broglie wavelength. That has the equivalent effect of increasing the apparent size or scale – actually shrinking space – of space.
So, smaller particles are the same thing as bigger space. If you are looking at a picture of particles, enlarging the space looks the same as shrinking the particles, I am guessing that within a near black hole; there is more space inside of it than outside of it.
Because space inside a black hole is more capacious and the closer it gets to a black hole then the more energy the particles accumulate or, rather, the more and more tightly defined that they become.
They become, apparently, smaller and space becomes apparently tighters. That is, there appears to be more space within a near black hole. So, you never get to the ultimate collapse because the more these particles interact with each other.
The more these particles interact with each other. The more they shrink space; the more they are precisely defined. And they never get to the point of smashing into each other with such compressive force that they go to a singularity, or even to an escape velocity greater than the speed of light.
I think we could do some math on it. It could be a publishable thing.
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