Monday, September 5, 2016

Modifying G + other alleged discoveries through the Relativistic Dimensional Analysis of Dr. José Álvarez López

I have an interesting scientific paper dating from 1961 and written by the late Professor José Álvarez López  (PhD in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from the Universidad de La Plata, Argentina. He died in 2007 at the age of 93) . The work involves the modification of G (the Gravitational Constant), determining atomic constants through a form of relativistic dimensional analysis and more.

Many decades ago, Dr. Álvarez López was known as one of the few persons knowledgeable in General Relativity in Argentina (and in the world). He briefly worked at Lawrence Livermore and self published several theoretical propositions and alleged findings that -in my view- still need to be carefully peer reviewed. 

I have a rather succinct publication written by Álvarez López and which might be of interest. It is titled "Relativistic Dimensional Analysis" and claims that by modifying G dividing it by 1- v2/c2 and placing this modified G in Lagrange equations, we arrive to Einstein's equations for planetary motion. He also proposes that Eötvöss' experiments focused upon a relation that could qualify as 'masses at rest'. He claims that Eötvöss' experiments say nothing in regard to the relativistic behavior of masses in relative motion. Álvarez López's work may shed some conceptual light on the apparent 'antigravity' results more recently obtained in torsion experiments in which perhaps our understanding of the Equivalence Principle may have to be modified. Since José Álvarez Lopez´s key ideas date back to 1947, if proven correct or essentially sound, they should be recognized even after death.

His work also delves into a distinction between universal and empirical constants and a relativistic dimensional method for arriving through deduction to a list of values very closely corresponding to the atomic constants. Moreover, by setting either the simultaneity of space or of time when using Lorenzian transformations, apparently two sets of indeterminate or ambivalent relativistic results come up for time and for length. 

In relation to this ambivalence in relativistic formulas and in a personal conversation which took place in Paris with count Louis de Broglie, Dr. Álvarez López was told to distinguish between the "time of waves" and the "time of corpuscles." In my layman's view this seems to connect aspects of General Relativity with Quantum Physics.

I think that, since Álvarez López extolled Tolman's 'Principle of Similitude' and also his own 'Principle of Variational Homegeneity' and had the courage to delve into some rather forgotten aspects of physics, his work was only privately well-regarded by a few distinguished scientists. 

For example, he was interested in the role of the adimensional or non-dimensional 'constant' alpha and of invariant principles connected to the epistemological possibility of carefully developing an a priori, deductive way of practicing science, a rational-platonic way that would complement the empirical approach.

Due to a recognition of the possibility of developing an aprioristic, deductive type of physics based on general principles, some of Dr. Álvarez López's work seems adequate to add to a discussion about the role of Interiority and meaning in Physics, a science that has mostly focused upon Exteriority and objects. This could further a way to deal with the fundamental role - or perhaps inevitable - of consciousness in the physical universe.

In my conversations with Dr. Álvarez López, he told me that he had conducted research at the Electrophysical Technical Institute under the direction of professor Köning in Munich, Germany; at the Institute for Advanced Studies, directed by professor James Mc Connell in Dublin, Ireland; and at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, in Berkeley, California, where he had been invited by professor Luis W. Alvarez in 1975 to research the “Behavior of Joule’s Law in Electrical Coronas.” There also were favorable personal or letter exchanges with scientists like Alexander Wilkens, Burnington Brown, David Bohm, William R. Corliss, Kiril Stanjukovich, J.L. Synge and Dr. de Puymorin, former director of France’s Space Commission.

Perhaps, Álvarez López's ideas may still be useful to enhance current investigations. I'm only trying to share this possibility asking proper scientists to review it. This particular publication "Relativistic Dimensional Analysis" is 20 pages long, translated into English (
with some typos) and is rather easy to read. It includes some clear equations. If you care to take a look at this material please inform me.

Thank you very much.

Yours truly,
Giorgio Piacenza

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