Monday, April 6, 2015

Of Gravity and Atoms

Mr. Wolynski continues to make several claims in the comments to an earlier thread which I feel are best addressed by a separate post.  I repeat the claims here for more convenient reference:
1. Gravity cannot heat objects (that takes friction, flame, electric current, etc.)

2. Gravity cannot cause charge separation (that takes electric current, friction, flame, etc.)

3. A cloud of gas cannot gravitationally collapse upon itself absent a gravitating body (that would be philosophically unsound). That is unless you want your readers to believe gravitational fields exist absent gravitating objects?

The jab at having some sort of Dunning Syndrome... Well, it does speak volumes of the people I've interacted with. The people who have been educated are the very worst sufferers. They simply cannot recognize how incompetent they actually are. What is worse is that they have been handed titles, which reinforces their poor attitudes towards people who are original.

-Jeffrey Wolynski 
Mr. Wolynski has made these claims but has not defined any experiment which would demonstrate the veracity of any of them. They all seem to be driven by what he thinks he needs to make his other claims about stellar evolution 'true'. It appears that Mr. Wolynski thinks that his 'originality' is somehow evidence for the accuracy of his claims.

'Originality' is not evidence of correctness in science, it is the agreement of model predictions with experimental or observational measurements. 'Original' ideas may be needed to solve problems in leading edge science, but it is generally not very useful in well-established science. Mr. Wolynski's claims suggest a number of follow-up questions which will illustrate where his 'original' ideas fail, and how they are not so 'original'.

Mr. Wolynski apparently does not know what heat is. Heat is due to atoms or other particles in motion and how they exchange energy (Wikipedia: Heat).

Gravity is due to objects with mass. Objects are made of atoms and atoms have mass. Gravitational force is computed by adding up the force contributions between pairs of mass elements, of arbitrary small size, the nature of infinitesimals in calculus (Wikipedia).

Mass is additive. The mass of a body is the sum of the masses of the atoms composing it, less any binding energy created by attractive forces between the atoms (Wikipedia: Mass).

1) Given a spherical cloud of gas the mass of the Earth, and an atom outside that cloud, is Mr. Wolynski saying the atom would not be attracted to the cloud of gas? If he wants to say that the atom is not attracted to the Earth-mass of gas, then how does Earth being 'solid/liquid' make a difference? 

2) Or is Mr. Wolynski saying that atoms do not have mass? 

That would be contrary to experiment (Wikipedia: Atomic Mass).

3) Is Mr. Wolynski saying that inertial mass (the particle mass used in F=ma) is different than gravitational mass (the particle mass used in the gravitational force equation)? 

This would also be contrary to experiment (Wikipedia: Eötvös experiment).

4) At rest, say 50 miles above the surface of the Moon, so we can neglect air friction, you drop a bowling ball. The ball falls towards the Moon, gaining velocity and therefore energy. The ball hits the surface, and perhaps penetrates into the surface before stopping. Where did the kinetic energy from the velocity go? Better yet, where did the kinetic energy come from? 

At rest, say 50 miles above the surface of Earth, so we can include air friction, you drop a bowling ball. The ball falls towards Earth, gaining velocity and therefore energy. As the ball enters the atmosphere, it collides with air molecules, transferring some of its kinetic energy to them (heat) and slowing its own motion (drag). The gravitational potential energy of the bowling ball is converted to kinetic energy which is transferred to the surrounding air in the form of heat. Gravity is providing the energy that is converted to heat. If gravitation can cause objects to move and those moving objects collide to exchange energy, part of that energy can take the form of heat.

5) Is Mr. Wolynski saying mechanical energy cannot be converted to heat? 

This is also contrary to experiment, as well as loads of technologies (Wikipedia: Mechanical Equivalent of Heat).

One of the underlying themes in Mr. Wolynski's claims appears to be the erroneous assumption that atoms do not count as gravitating bodies.

The force of gravity is symmetric between gravitating bodies - the force created by mass A on mass B is the same as the force of mass B on mass A. This appears to be true if A is an atom and B is a planet. Why would it not be true for two atoms?

Experiments do indicate that individual subatomic particles respond to gravity:
6) If gravitating bodies are made of atoms, and atoms have mass, why aren't atoms gravitating bodies? 

Laboratory experiments with gravity (Cavendish Experiment, and later versions) with objects of known mass reinforces the evidence that the mass used in the gravitational equations is the sum of the masses of the component atoms.

Similar experiments can demonstrate charge separation under gravity:

a) Given a plasma at a constant temperature (to simplify the analysis) which particles have the highest average speed: electrons, ions, or do both travel at the same average speed?

b) given the answer to (a), which particles will, on average, travel higher in a gravitational field? If so, the charge distribution is not uniform and a net electric field is possible. This was demonstrated back in the 1920s (see The Real Electric Universe).

As we can see, Mr. Wolynski's claims are certainly not 'original'. These types of questions were asked by a number of individuals going back a hundred years or more. Today, Mr. Wolynski's claims are not that different from those made by random individuals long ignored because their so-called 'original ideas' were settled long ago.

Did Mr. Wolynski do any research to check for possible problems with his 'hypotheses'? Apparently not.

In the scientific community, we usually have colleagues of equivalent professional background with whom we can bounce off ideas. There are probably loads of theories that die in this very early stage. Sometimes the idea gets a little further, maybe with early experimental tests or more sophisticated theoretical modeling. Sometimes the idea survives initial scrutiny to get experiments or an even more detailed theoretical examination and gets written up into a paper which is then submitted for publication. For reputable publishers, the paper is then sent out for peer-review and other researchers are able to check the ideas and results for possible errors. If the paper survives that process, it makes it to publication. That doesn't guarantee it is free of errors, it just means that a certain amount of error checks have been completed and it is presented to the wider community.
Yet Mr. Wolynski wants to claim that educated people whom he has 'interacted with' have had their titles 'handed to them'.  This is a common attitude displayed by cranks towards professionals when their errors are pointed out. As documented above, Mr. Wolynski has apparently not even conducted the BASIC research necessary to test his claims. He has no comprehension of just how much he does not know, and has concluded that he is correct and everyone else must be wrong. The people Mr. Wolynski wants to claim have had titles handed to them probably know more about applying the theory of gravity to solve real problems than Mr. Wolynski, who has demonstrated no competence in the topic beyond his 'say-so'.

I would say that I have appropriately applied the Dunning-Krueger and I leave it to others to explore Mr. Wolynski's score on The Crackpot Index.

Being a crank is a choice.

Myself, as well as other people who are doing real science today, had our own dalliances is various pseudo-sciences. Years ago, I did a lot of examination of UFOs, Velikovsky, ancient astronauts, etc. and was a big fan of it. What can I say, it was the 1970s (From Pseudo-Science to Real Science).

Pseudo-science certainly has an appeal. Fans of pseudo-science get to feel like they know something special that others do not. The more narcissistic types will probably try and start their own branch of a pseudo-science, cutting-and-pasting ideas from different areas as if they're ordering at a cafeteria.

But one thing I noticed in common with virtually all the pseudo-scientists I've encountered on this blog and elsewhere is the cranks are never actually using their pseudo-science to do anything real in an area impacted by the pseudo-science they advocate.

- Electric Sun and Electric Comet supporters make all kinds of claims about the plasma environment of the solar system - but are any of them actually designing and building missions to fly through the environment they claim?

Nope (see Challenges for Electric Universe Theorists).

 - Relativity deniers claim special and/or general relativity are wrong, but are any of them designing the next generation, higher precision GPS system?

Nope (see Global Positioning System).

Pseudo-science is for posers, people who want credit for the real work the did not, and cannot, do themselves.

But at some point I (and others) made a choice to actually learn some REAL science, science that people use to do REAL stuff, like build leading-edge instruments or send satellites into space. That required abandoning many self-delusions of grandeur, but it has other, REAL rewards.


Jeffrey Wolynski said...

Thanks! The additional exposure to the ideas which I present is highly valuable!

Please overview stellar metamorphosis as well. I assure you astronomy has made great errors which have not yet been corrected. That is, if you are up to the challenge.

I do not care for labels if you should know, calling me a "crank" really doesn't do much. I've been at this for 3 1/2 years so yea.

Jeffrey Wolynski said...

Here, I have actually made a video which overviews the three problems astronomy has:

W.T."Tom" Bridgman said...

To Jeffrey Wolynski,

In the video you make the same errors as above.

As for there being 'no object' in the center to gravitationally pull the material in, there are *many* objects, called atoms, all with mass and creating gravitational attraction.

What's the gravitational force on an object at the center of the cloud?

What's the gravitational force on an object 1/2 between the center and boundary of the cloud?

What's the gravitational force on an object at the boundary of the cloud?

The other problem with your charge 'solution' is while opposite sign charges attract, like-sign charges repel. What is the net force?

These are questions that a Physics 101 student should be able to answer, as well as any engineer designing spacecraft trajectories.

Jeffrey Wolynski said...

Here, I overview some of the root assumptions that mainstream astronomers/astro people make.

It is very easy to understand, unfortunately it will probably conflict with your education.

As well, here is a video which I overview how backwards mainstream astronomy is. They have rocks and minerals formed in the vacuum, absent heat, pressure and the lengthy time requirements to form such structures such as the Thompson structures found in meteorites.

These are basic flaws in reasoning and need to be corrected immediately.

W.T."Tom" Bridgman said...

Mr. Wolynski,

You are no significant challenge. Your comprehension of the science appears to be stuck at around the elementary school level, if that high.

The 'problems' you identify in your video are just re-iterating the same so-called 'problems' which I addressed in the main post. I illustrated just some of the errors you've made with examples, and you have addressed none of them.

Claim: For gravitational collapse forming star, nothing is pulling material into center. Where is object?

Where's the object pulling stuff in? As stated above, there are many objects, called atoms. They each have mass, and so each respond to gravity. The claim is nonsense.

Claim: Gravity does not heat matter. The non-existence of a 'gravity torch' or 'gravity welder' is 'proof' it cannot.

Suppose the welder gets its electrical power generated by hydroelectric dam? The turbines get hot when the water flows through. This doesn't happen for level water, only between water of different levels where gravity can act. Gravity applies energy to particles which can be converted into heat. Re-entry heating of spacecraft is another example of how gravity can generate heat.

Claim: Astronomers always start with star already formed.

I'm not sure how this is relevant. When we compute a spacecraft trajectory, we start with the assumption that a spacecraft has been built to fly the trajectory. Similarly, many issues in stellar astrophysics can begin with a star of specific mass, composition, and luminosity.

In "Root Assumptions: Establishment vs. GTSM", you

Claim: standard model assumptions are assumed without evidence.
Our current understanding of stellar evolution comes from a long chain of evidence (Wikipedia: Star Formation).

You claim that stars are powered by electrochemical & thermochemical reactions. You have apparently not bothered to compute the amount of energy, and lifetime of a star, if powered by thermochemical and/or electrochemical processes. This was actually done over a century ago. The lifetime of the sun fit into the biblical creationists framework, so I can see your idea will have some appeal in that community. This is also occasionally an exercise in introductory physics and astronomy classes.

Your planet formation claim is not that different from the old Chamberlin-Moulton hypothesis (wikipedia) which has been demonstrated as unworkable since around the 1940s. When I was a kid, this was still being taught in a number of elementary schools.

to be continued...

W.T."Tom" Bridgman said...

...continued from above.

In "Crystalline vs Amorphous Structure, Stellar Metamorphosis", you state that crystalline structures cannot form in space, because it needs pressure & time. Your example is the Thomson structures found in meteorites. Did you bother to do even the most basic research on this topic?

The Thomson structure, also called the Widmanstratten pattern (Wikipedia), are commonly found in iron meteorites (wikipedia) These meteorites are fragments of larger asteroids, Those asteroids are differentiated by heating from radioisotopes such as Al-26 and Fe-60.

All you've done is construct a narrative about as useful as the stork model for babies (RationaWiki: scientific storkism).
A number of your claims can be demonstrated wrong by students with training in introductory physics and astronomy classes.
Your efforts here are merely an attempt to use my blog to promote your nonsense.

Short of you actually addressing the problems with your claims (such as the six question from the original post) noted above, which are basic misconceptions/flaws in your reasoning which must be corrected immediately, there is no point in posting any more of your repetitive comments.

Other questions which you must be able to answer:
* Estimate the stellar energy and lifetime based on electrochemical and thermochemical energy sources?
* Estimate the temperature and pressure in the center of a star of one solar mass? Of ten solar masses?
* Estimate the temperature and pressure in the center of a planet of one Earth mass? Of one Jupiter mass?

You must show your work, equations used, physical parameters used.

The mainstream scientists whom you condemn must do this as part of their training. Claiming you are exempt from a similar requirement means
- we have no reason to think you are competent;
- makes your content indistinguishable from silliness of any random online madman;
- reinforces the view that you're just scamming for attention;
- makes your claims useless for doing anything in the Real World.

RationalWiki: Jeffrey Wolynski
RationalWiki: Stellar Metamorphosis