2020 journal article

On a new field theory formulation and a space-time adjustment that predict the same precession of Mercury and the same bending of light as general relativity

PHYSICS ESSAYS, 33(4), 489–512.

By: L. Silverberg & J. Eischen*

author keywords: Newtonian Theory; Field Theory; General Relativity; Gravitation; Precession of Mercury; Bending of Light; Vector Continuity
Source: Web Of Science
Added: February 22, 2021

This article introduces a new field theory formulation. The new field theory formulation recognizes vector continuity as a general principle and begins with a field that satisfies vector continuity equations. Next, independent of the new formulation, this article introduces a new space-time adjustment. Then, we solve the one-body gravitational problem by applying the space-time adjustment to the new field theory formulation. With the space-time adjustment, the new formulation predicts precisely the same precession of Mercury and the same bending of light as general relativity. The reader will find the validating calculations to be simple. The equations of motion that govern the orbital equations are in terms of Cartesian coordinates and time. An undergraduate college student, with direction, can perform the validations.