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(2017 Sept): Recently brought to my attention: DSSU material appears on The New Illuminati website accompanied by some amazing graphics.

New Illuminati –The DSSU is The New Cosmology

New Illuminati –Hidden Substrate of Reality

(2017 Sept): "Assorted Comments" added to QuestionsAnswersComments.

(2017 Sept): Special purchase offer on the book "Guide to the Construction of the Natural Universe". (Mail-in Order Form.)

(2017 July): The book The Nature of Gravitational Collapse is now available.

The Nature of Gravitational Collapse

Subtitle: How the photon, the particle of light, is responsible for mass, gravity, superneutron stars, and supermassive black holes

—Reveals the truth about stellar and supermassive black holes.

This new work contains 310+ pages, 67 illustrations, references, and index. … Additional details.

(2016 December): “So easy to understand” comment from an Australian engineer.

(2016 November): “Large-Scale Structure of the Dynamic Steady State Universe” now published in the American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol.4, No.6, 2016, pp.65-77. Astract and Links to HTML and PDF.

(2016 June):
Revolutionary research paper:
The Nature of Gravitational Collapse –published in the American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol.4, No.2, 2016, pp.15-33. Abstract and Links:
—Another major DSSU success, as it reveals amazing new insights! The theory has uncovered the mechanism by which mass undergoes a total conversion to energy. Yes, a mass to energy conversion with 100% efficiency!  As everything else in the DSSU, it is a perfectly natural process. Truly amazing!

Have gravity waves really been detected?

Comments updated  2016 June: Comment #19

(2016-4-26:)  A mathematical cosmologist claims the values of the Hubble-expansion parameter and the cosmic-background temperature are the most important elements for understanding the real Universe! Letter and response.

(2016 March)  What is the difference between a physical and a mechanical aether? ...
Be aware of the distinctions among the terms commonly applied to aether: Terms such as physical, mechanical, subquantum, and dynamic. Link to new Question & Answer.

The book, Guide to the Construction of the Natural Universe, is  now available at the Niagara Falls Public Library  (Victoria branch). If you live in the Province of Ontario, your local library can request the book from the Niagara Falls Public Library.

Participate in a unique exploration of the Cosmos: venture into the sub-atomic realm, even into the sub-quantum realm where the roots of reality reside, and into the domain of cosmic-scale cell-structure and beyond to infinity. Along the way, discover the cause of mass, the cause of gravitation, and rediscover Einstein’s “nonponderable” aether and Heraclitus’ harmony-of-opposites principle. … The book represents the ultimate vindication for all the skeptics who resisted the "preposterous" Big Bang mythology and who refused to join the exploding-cosmos religion.
This new work contains 317 pages, 61 illustrations, references, and index … Available from C-FAR Books.
Or use this mail-in Order Form.


My comments on the latest mass media "Official Science" news story:

Do not be misled by the recent reports of the detection of gravity waves.
What the LIGO apparatus measures is the interference from beams of self-generated electromagnetic waves. It seems highly probable that what LIGO actually detected was some vibrational “noise” or some unexplained interference; and NOT gravity waves originating from a distant binary system (in which two extremely massive black holes are supposedly in the process of merging). How the data, the wave patterns, are interpreted is subject to theory and restricted by theory. Naturally the official interpretation must conform to the Officially-sanctioned theory of gravity —Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Thus, the light patterns recorded by LIGO are interpreted via Einstein’s mathematical concept of gravity. The problem is the general-relativity-gravity interpretation, as is well known, ignores the space medium!

Have gravity waves really been detected?
Think about this: The academic experts do not have the cause and mechanism of gravity (Isaac Newton did not, Albert Einstein did not, and today’s big-bang astrophysicists do not). Their theory of gravity is embarrassingly incomplete! So, if they do not yet understand the nature of gravity itself, how then can they claim to be able to recognize the waves that gravity supposedly emits? The experts cannot even answer the simple question: Specifically, what is it that is waving? What is waving back and forth?
    Here is something else the reports fail to mention: The gravity waves that are actually detectable are those associated with the turbulence in the aether flow (the space medium streaming through our Solar System). Australian physicist Reginald T. Cahill has been examining these aether-flow waves for over 15 years. –CR (2016 May)
Updated 2016 June. See Comment #19

(2016 Jan 6) Now published:
Olbers’ Paradox Resolved for the Infinite Non-Expanding Universe
, American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics Vol.4, No.1, (2016 January). Abstract & download links.
● “The man accredited with discovering universe expansion did not believe that the universe was expanding. Hubble was convinced that the key evidence, the cosmic redshift, was caused by some other factor, something more fundamental than mere expansion.”
● “With the recent discovery of a new cosmic-redshift mechanism, and its theoretical validation, it turns out that Hubble was right.”
● Explains how “an infinite, non-expanding, perpetually regenerating universe" is able to predict a dark night sky.

Press Release (2015 Oct 15):
The Big Bang is no longer a viable hypothesis !

(2016 June) FREE DOWNLOAD:
"DSSU Validated by Redshift Theory and Structural Evidence", Physics Essays, Vol.28, No.4, p455-473 (2015 Dec) —Delivers the coup de grâce to the Big Bang. Abstract & Links.
Both Reviewers enthusiastically endorsed this "well-written and incisive article."

(2015-Oct 6) Webpage added for article Cosmic-Redshift Distance Law Without c Without H: Comments & Links  Describes the challenge of getting DSSU papers published.

(2015 Aug 20:) Allow me to extend a sincere "Thank You" for the many invitations to join social media and professional networks. Unfortunately I must decline. It’s simply a matter of precious time —there is just too little of it. All my available time is taken up by research, writing, and website maintenance —in fact, two more web domains have been purchased. It is all being done for the purpose of providing the educated and interested public with the ammunition to refute and replace the utterly bankrupt big-bang Worldview. (However, not to give the impression of a total recluse, seclusionist, or misanthrope, I do manage to squeeze in a few delightful hours of ballroom dancing every week or two.) –CR

(2015 Aug:) Brief update on the status of the neutrino and its adaptation into the DSSU particle theory. See Section 5 of the Discussion webpage for the article: The Fundamental Process of Energy

(2015 Aug:) The article The Universe Is Infinite (Part 1) has been revised.

(2015 July:) Comments and questions from a 14-year old student.


"The Nature of Gravitational Collapse"
–Published in American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics. ( Abstract and Links.)
(Note, there is a typo in AJA&A posted version in the Fig-10 caption. It should read: … acceleration is proportional to 1/r2.)
"Olbers’ Paradox Resolved for the Infinite Non-Expanding Universe" –Published in American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics. ( Abstract & download links.)
"DSSU Validated by Redshift Theory and Structural Evidence" published in Physics Essays, Vol.28, No.4, p455-473 (2015 Dec). Abstract.
Both Reviewers enthusiastically endorsed this "well-written and incisive article."
Published in the American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics, AJAA, Vol.3, No.2, 2015:
Ellipticity, Its Origin & Progression in Comoving Galaxies  
Local  high-resolution PDF.

• Provides the first-ever natural explanation for the cause of the elliptical shape of nonrotating galaxies
• Retains the foundation premise of all modern cosmology but rejects the absurd concept of whole-universe expansion
• Takes full advantage of the universe’s cosmic cellular structure and exploits the DSSU theory of unified gravity domains
• Amazingly, the mechanism that stretches galaxies turns out to be the very same mechanism that causes the cosmic spectral redshift!

Published Dec 2014 in the American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics:

"Cosmic Redshift in the Nonexpanding Cellular Universe” —details the actual causal mechanism. Abstract.
Preprint with larger images.
• Entirely new concept for cosmic redshift mechanism;
• Retains the foundation premise of all modern cosmology;
• But does not require whole-universe expansion;
• A redshift based on the DSSU theory of unified gravity & cosmic cellular structure;
• Remarkable agreement with independently established redshift distances.

Higgs Boson Discovered?
After 50 long years of searching, Physicists claim to have detected the Higgs boson, the "particle" that ostensibly bestows the property of mass on all other such particles. Is it now time to celebrate? … Definitely not.
   The question now is this: If the Higgs ‘particle’ is the giver of mass to all other particles, what then gives the Higgs itself its mass?! (Yes, the newly discovered particle has mass, lots of it!) A difficult and embarrassing question indeed. It is like asking:
If God created everything, then who, or what, created God?
   While physicists think they have solved the mass problem, the reality is that they have unwittingly exposed an even bigger problem —the riddle of “First Cause”.

Glossary of Terms used in Cosmology and Astrophysics with particular emphasis on DSSU theory.
(Opens in separate Window or Tab)


Mysteries & Paradoxes that Plague Standard Cosmology  (Updated 2015-7)

Cosmology Crisis of 1998 (Revised 2015-5)

Critique of Conventional Cosmology ... comments relating to the 'preposterous' expanding-universe paradigm.
Bafflement —the remarkable admission of a physicist.
The Cosmology Debate That Never Happened   —During the 20th century there was a decades-long debate: The cataclysmic expanding universe VS the stable expanding universe. But there has never been a debate of the dynamic expanding universe VS the dynamic non-expanding universe. (Posted 2011 Oct)

Models of the Universe —Historical, Expanding, and Cellular universes. INCLUDES A USEFUL TABLE FOR COMPARING THEORIES.

The Universe Is Infinite (Part 1) —overcoming a "central" problem of cosmology theories.

The Universe Is Infinite (Part 2) —an explanation of how the universe can always have existed and will always exist.

DSSU, The Non-Expanding Universe: Structure, Redshift, Distance —A long sought-after goal of astrophysicists has been a formulation of cosmic distance that is independent of the speed of light. The goal has now been achieved. The present Paper details the surprisingly simple distance expression and its validating agreement with Supernova data.

Why Copernicus Did Not Need a Force of Gravity —Explores the question of why no one, except Newton, invoked a force. (Posted April, 2011)

Gravity and Lambda —A Story of Opposites (.htm) —A story of opposites in harmony. Key differences between the Conventional Cosmology and the New Cosmology are presented.

Dynamic Cosmic Cell —The Structural Component of the DSSU —Animated image and discussion of the self-sustaining, self-balancing system.

Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity —“By 1922 Einstein had been nominated about fifty times —most were for his relativity theories.”

Questions & Answers & Comments


(2016 June) FREE DOWNLOAD details:
DSSU Validated by Redshift Theory and Structural Evidence, Physics Essays, Vol.28, No.4, p455-473 (2015 Dec) —Delivers the coup de grâce to the Big Bang. Abstract & Links.
Both Reviewers enthusiastically endorsed this "well-written and incisive article."

The Dynamic Steady State Universe.
This work brings together the main pieces of the cosmic puzzle in a step-by-step construction of the Natural Universe. Published in Physics Essays Vol.27 No.2 (2014 June issue) (PDF download)  "... the arguments are well-made. The article is competent, enjoyable and readable." —Reviewer for Physics Essays Journal

Olbers’ Paradox Resolved for the Infinite Non-Expanding Universe
, American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics Vol.4, No.1, (2016 January). Abstract & download links.
● “The man accredited with discovering universe expansion did not believe that the universe was expanding. Hubble was convinced that the key evidence, the cosmic redshift, was caused by some other factor, something more fundamental than mere expansion.”
● “With the recent discovery of a new cosmic-redshift mechanism, and its theoretical validation, it turns out that Hubble was right.”

"Cosmic Redshift in the Nonexpanding Cellular Universe" (Journal pdf) —details the actual causal mechanism. Published in the American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol.2, No.5 (2014) Abstract.
Local copy with quality images: (Preprint pdf).
• Entirely new concept for cosmic redshift mechanism;
• Retains the foundation premise of all modern cosmology;
• But does not require whole-universe expansion;
• A redshift based on the DSSU theory of unified gravity & cosmic cellular structure;
• Remarkable agreement with independently established redshift distances.

The Cosmology Debate That Never Happened
What historians call "the greatest cosmological debate in history” was between TWO  expanding universes —two hypothetical models that share the same, I repeat, the same foundational property! If one is to claim some great clash of ideas (let alone the "greatest") then surely there must exist some deep dividing difference! (Posted 2011 Oct)

The Case for a Cellular Universe
—the Story of a Baffling Omission in Modern Cosmology    (Revised 2015)

Large-Scale Structure of the Dynamic Steady State Universe published in the American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol.4, No.6, 2016, pp.65-77. Astract and Links.
■ Presents the first 2 of the 4 main postulates that define the DSSU.
■ Space-medium expansion and contraction are perpetually held in balance, thus ensuring a non-expanding universe.
■ Explains how the two dynamic processes of the DSSU’s space medium sustain the cellular structure responsible for the pattern of matter distribution in our Universe.

Cosmic-Redshift Distance Law Without c Without H Comments & Links Simplifying the redshift-distance formula by removing the speed-of-light constant and the Hubble parameter —while maintaining agreement with observational evidence.

DSSU Theory:

DSSU Validated by Redshift Theory and Structural Evidence, Physics Essays, Vol.28, No.4, p455-473 (2015 Dec) —Delivers the coup de grâce to the Big Bang. Abstract & Links.
Both Reviewers enthusiastically endorsed this "well-written and incisive article."

Theoretical Foundation and Pillars of the DSSU (Introduction) —This introductory essay gives a thematic tour of historical and modern universes culminating with the Natural Universe.

Currently undergoing revision and updating: Theoretical Foundation and Pillars of the Dynamic Steady State Universe (pdf) —The first complete presentation of all four postulates of DSSU theory. A powerful paper that resolves the cause-of-causes paradox, explains the non-independent nature of time, and reveals the 'supreme advantage'. It includes a concise comparison with standard cosmology focusing on real-world viability.
Supplementary Discussion: The Primary Process


The Fundamental Process of Energy —A Qualitative Unification of Energy, Mass, and Gravity. (Abstract & Reviews & Links) … This article reveals the secret behind photon confinement. (Contains only a bare minimum of mathematics and mainly in one of the 14 sections.)
PART 1 published in Infinite Energy Magazine Issue #113 (Jan/Feb 2014)
PART 2 published in Infinite Energy Magazine    Issue #114 (Mar/Apr 2014)

Headlined as:
A "Conceptual Unification of Energy, Mass and Gravity"

Dynamic Cosmic Cell —The Structural Component of the DSSU —Animated image and discussion of the self-sustaining, self-balancing system.

Unified Gravitation Cells of the DSSU —Constructing the Universe with Cosmic Gravity Cells

Space Flow Equations and Expansion-Contraction Rates (pdf) —This paper explores the mathematical aspects of the two space postulates of DSSU theory —and uncovers some profound consequences.


Documentary movie footage in which Einstein states, "There exists an aether"
High resolution .mpg video.
Low resolution .wmv video.

The Aether Experiments and the Impact on Cosmology —The aether has been detected at least 6 times in recent history. Its most recent "re-discovery", in 2001, led to the long-sought causal mechanism of gravity —a discovery which, in turn, is revolutionizing cosmology.

Michelson-Morley and the Story of the Aether Theory —Richard Milton's analysis of the historical details involving the misrepresentation, bias, and cover-up that hampered the Aether theory.

The History of the Aether Theory —The historic development of the aether as a scientific theory of space itself. What started as the "fifth element" of Antiquity becomes molded by theoretical constraints and experimental evidence into the dual-dynamic sub-quantum medium —the Essence of the Universe. (Updated 2016-2)

Relativity of Time in the Aether-Space of the DSSU —How intrinsic time and relative time are related.

DSSU Relativity –The Lorentz Transformations Applied to Aether-Space —Ranzan
Reprinted by permission of Physics Essays Publication, Physics  Essays Vol.23, No.3, p520. (2010). ABSTRACT

The Physical Nature of Length Contraction —the DSSU Theory of Length Contraction Induced by Absolute Motion.
An easy to follow examination of how the mode by which matter is “conducted” through luminiferous aether causes the matter to contract. A simple derivation of the mathematical expression for this physical phenomenon is presented. There is also a brief discussion of relevant historical aspects and of nonphysical length contraction.
Reviewer's comments: “This is amazing …”  “The paper is interesting …” –Applied Physics Research reviewer. Published in Applied Physics Research journal Vol.5, No.1 (2013 Feb).

Contradiction Divides Two Aether Theories —An exploration into the three parts of the speed-of-light postulate.
Reprinted by permission of PEP, from  Physics Essays Journal (Vol 24, No.3, Sept, 2011) ... ABSTRACT

Basic - level mathematical and graphical exploration of dynamic aether flow: PDF

Here is an external webpage with an extensive list of research papers on the aether-drift experiments, and the larger question of energy in space.


DSSU Cosmic Redshift-Distance Relation (htm) —Converting the cosmic redshift into distance for our Cellular Universe using a simple and elegant equation.

Large Scale Structure of the Dynamic Steady State Universe (pdf)  How a dual-dynamic space medium sustains the cellular structure (published in AJAA in 2016).
  —Presents the postulates and implications of regional space-medium expansion and contraction.

Cosmic-Scale Structural Features Explained (pdf) (Chapter 2 of original DSSU Manuscript)
—The Spacing of Clusters
—Sheets of Galaxies
—Right-angled Walls of Galaxies.

The Cosmic Background Radiation in the DSSU —The natural explanation of the microwave background radiation applicable to the natural Cellular Universe.

Ellipticity, Its Origin & Progression in Comoving GalaxiesAmerican Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics, AJAA, Vol.3, No.2, 2015.
Local  high-resolution PDF.
HTML version available from AJAA here.


"The Nature of Gravitational Collapse"
–Published in American Journal of Astronomy & Astrophysics Vol.4, No.2, 2016, pp.15-33. (Abstract and Links.)
(Note, there is a typo in AJA&A posted version in the Fig-10 caption. It should read: … acceleration is proportional to 1/r2.)

The Processes of Gravitation –The Cause and Mechanism of Gravitation by C. Ranzan –A revolutionary paper on gravity published in the Journal of Modern Physics and Applications Vol.2014:3  (2014).
( Abstract & Reviews & Links. Includes link to hi-resolution PDF) "Revolutionary".

Why Copernicus Did Not Need a Force of Gravity —Explores the question of why no one, except Newton, invoked a force. (Rev 2011-9)

First ever, journal-published paper featuring the DSSU:
The Story of Gravity and Lambda –How the Theory of Heraclitus Solved the Dark Matter Mystery –Ranzan

Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics Essays, Vol 23, No1, p75-87 (2010 Mar). ABSTRACT
This is the cure for the fallacious belief in cosmic-scale Dark Matter.

The Story of Gravity and Lambda –How the Theory of Heraclitus Solved the Dark Matter Mystery (Color version) Ranzan Considered "an excellent contribution to the [PE journal]" --professional reviewer.

Unified Gravitation Cells of the DSSU —Constructing the Universe with Cosmic Gravity Cells



Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity (●Abstract ●Links ●Excerpts ●Extras) —“By 1922 Einstein had been nominated about fifty times —most were for his relativity theories.”

Einstein’s Simple Mathematical Trick –and the Illusion of a Constant Speed of Light  (Abridged version with links to Journal-published version. Posted July 2013)

Extended Relativity –Exploiting the Loopholes in Einstein's Relativity. A Logical extension of special relativity. Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics Essays Vol.25, No.3 (2012 Sept).
Abstract & Links & Reviews

The Three Components of the Speed-of-Light Postulate.  Published in Physics Essays journal Vol.26,No.1 (2013 March)
Local copy: The Three Components of the Speed-of-Light Postulate (pdf) Absolute vs relative. Variance vs invariance. Another instance of the Heraclitian "Harmony of Opposites." (Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics Essays, Vol.26, No.1, 2013).

Relativity of Time in the Aether Medium of the DSSU —Absolute Motion and Intrinsic Time

Resolving a Paradox in Special Relativity –Absolute Motion and the Unified Doppler Equation.
(Posted 2011, July). Reprinted by permission of PEP, from Physics  Essays Vol.23, No.4, p594 (2010). ABSTRACT

How DSSU Relativity Resolves the Speed Paradox (Introductory Discussion)   —Absolute Motion Resolves a (speed) Paradox in Einstein’s Special Relativity. (Supplementary Discussion)

DSSU Relativity –The Lorentz Transformations Applied to Aether-Space (Posted 2011, July). Reprinted by permission of Physics Essays Publication, Physics  Essays Vol.23, No.3, p520. (2010). ABSTRACT

The Key that Extends Einstein’s Relativity (Part 1) —Response to a reviewer critical of DSSU aether-space relativity
The Key that Extends Einstein’s Relativity (Part 2) —How to convert abstract-space equations into aether-space equations

Restoring the Physical Meaning of Energy
Published in Applied Physics Research journal Vol.5, No.2 (2013 May).
LOCAL COPY: Restoring the Physical Meaning of Energy —distinguishing between the apparent energy and the real energy of moving mass.

An Open Letter to the Scientific Community
(Published in New Scientist, May 22, 2004)

"The big bang today relies on a growing number of hypothetical entities, things that we have never observed-- inflation, dark matter and dark energy are the most prominent examples. Without them, there would be a fatal contradiction between the observations made by astronomers and the predictions of the big bang theory. In no other field of physics would this continual recourse to new hypothetical objects be accepted as a way of bridging the gap between theory and observation. It would, at the least, raise serious questions about the validity of the underlying theory. ..."  continues ...

A devastating Declaration of opposition to Big Bang cosmology signed by more than 400 Researchers.

For the full text click on: or alternate site.

This website is mainly concerned with revisionism in cosmology. Those of us involved in replacing the unnatural expanding-universe paradigm are aware of the difficulties involved.
   However, other revisionists have unimaginable difficulties. Consider the ongoing persecution of revisionists in other fields of intellectual pursuit: 
"It makes you wonder —about the immense effort being made by State and State-sponsored organizations with budgets of tens of millions of dollars and thousands of employees and associates to smother and punish these few men and women. Every punishing instrument imaginable is used, every vicious slander conceivable, every flagrant and pervasive form of censorship that law allows, including the imprisonment of simple writers for thought crimes against the State. ... Makes you wonder."Bradley R. Smith (2011)

"Discussing truth is so controversial, so dangerous … In most of the world it is simply illegal.” Gordon Duff, Senior Editor, Veterans Today (2011)

DEDICATION: This website is solemnly dedicated to those individuals who have conducted research in their chosen field and have informed others of their inquiries and suffered the consequences when subpoenaed by the Inquisition or some variant thereof. The dedication extends to those individuals currently imprisoned, and those facing trial and persecution simply for exercising their basic human right of freedom of expression supposedly granted to them under the UN Charter of Human Rights.
"Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work."

ALSO: Be aware of the continuing threat to our precious freedom of expression on the Internet. The threat is serious and relentless. It is described as “… the formal effort to mimic Communist China’s system of Internet censorship.” See The Secret Behind SOPA  (2012-Jan). Update.
More information on threats to internet freedom:

Reporter-journalist Arthur Topham, Canadian victim of the Inquisition, arrested (2012) for posting his research.
“Arthur Topham faces prison time for daring to speak his mind on his own website, as he faces criminal charges under Canada’s hate crimes legislation contained in Section 318 - 320 of the criminal code.” –Rights and Freedoms Bulletin Issue No. 204 Feb 7, 2015.
VERDICT: Arthur Topham found “guilty” AND “not guilty” of hate speech by a brain-dead jury!
 –Dr. James Sears, reporting in “The world’s Largest Anti-Marxist Publication” (Issue 2015 December,
2016 Update: Panel Discussion on The Trial of Arthur Topham

Free-speech crusader Bill Whatcott defies British Colombia Human Rights Tribunal efforts to impose gender language tyranny

“I have no intention on wasting money on a lawyer for the Morgane Oger vs Bill Whatcott case, as human rights tribunals are kangaroo courts and the odds of … getting justice in these biased tribunals is next to zero.” –2017 June ( …)

The struggle for freedom and justice in Canada lost its greatest champion, its most dedicated defender. On March 11, 2013, Douglas Christie passed away.

British Maverick Psychologist jailed for publishing his research. … “The ambivalence of librarians getting writers imprisoned quite defies comprehension.” –Simon Sheppard (2013)

The repression of free speech in Canada has degenerated to the point where …

■ Freedom advocates, such as Marc Lemire, are censured for merely expressing their reasoned opinions. Freedomsite, whose motto is “Fighting for freedom against the censorship enforcers”, documents the official persecution.
■ A tenured professor has lost his position for revealing his research and views on history. This is unprecedented. Professor Anthony J. Hall at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, has been suspended (2016 October 5) without pay.
“… Any thinking person should recognize that there is something deeply wrong when a history professor is persecuted for saying we should be able to examine our history.” –Monika Schaefer 2017
■ A publisher/editor, for expressing his reality-based views, has been denied postal services. Dr. James Sears, publisher and editor of Your Ward News was stripped of Canada Post Mail Service by government order (2016 June).
■ A violin teacher and truth revealer, Monika Schaefer, for posting a video (an apology to her dead mother), has been attacked by various so-called community leaders.

The treatment of violinist Monika Schaefer signals the end of our free and democratic society.” –The American Herald Tribune, 2016 Sept

American Speaker Arrested in Canada for the textual material on his iPad
—2017 June 24
While the invasion continues, the “guardians” of the nation are busy suppressing the freedom of expression: going after deemed violations in what people think and write and say.

The Continuing Struggle for Freedom

A ray of hope in the ongoing struggle for freedom. Populist and nationalist movements around the world are gaining ascendancy over the New World Order’s effort to establish global governance and impose tyrannical control over every last square meter of the Earth’s surface. –The Barnes Review Vol.23 No.1 (2017 Jan p70)

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Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity
●Abstract ●Excerpts ●Links ●Extras

A story of the perils of ignoring absolute motion

Conrad Ranzan



What follows is an exploration of a number of probable and possible reasons why Einstein did not receive the Nobel Prize for his famous theories on relativity; reasons that include a misinterpreted historic experiment, the prior claims of others, the disturbing lack of causal mechanisms for the phenomena being formulated, the various biases and concerns of the Nobel selection committee, and the incompleteness of the theories. In a most fundamental way relativity was (and is) contrary to the evidence. Relativity is a theory that denies the presence of aether or at least claims it is not detectable; while in the real world positive results of its presence were repeatedly obtained in the form of measurable aether motion. A measurable aether frame-of-reference implies the reality of absolute motion. Einstein denied this reality. Both special and general relativity are therefore incomplete.

The weight of evidence seems to indicate that Einstein was not awarded the Nobel for his relativity because of the famous Miller aether-drift experiments.  American physicist Dayton Miller, over the course of many years during the first three decades of the 20th century, had accumulated irrefutable evidence of the flow of aether. Equations employing motion with respect to aether-space are introduced.

Full 15-page article:
Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity  ( (PDF download)

Reprinted by permission of Physics Essays Publication, from Physics Essays Vol.22, No.4, p564 (2009), DOI:10.4006/1.3252983 (PDF)




1. Main-Article Excerpts
Extra: The Reluctant Abandonment of Aether
3. Extra: An Obvious Question
4. Extra: More on Zeno's Paradox
5. Extra: Historical Note on Einstein and Nobel Award
6. Table-4 Erratum, and a Further Point of Interest

"The expanding universe ranks among the most startling discoveries made in the twentieth century." –Cosmology Professor, Edward R. Harrison
Yet no Nobel Prize for the relativity theory behind it!


Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity

Conrad Ranzan (2009)



That they [relativity theories] are revolutionary there can be no doubt, in so far as they substitute mathematical symbols as the basis of science and deny that any concrete experience underlies these symbols, thus replacing an objective [universe] by a subjective universe.”
–Louis Trenchard More [1]



Ancient "Relative" Motion

Let us go back in time. Way, way, back ... to the 5th century BC. In the Classical period there had been physical philosophers: men such as Parmenides and Zeno, both natives of Elea, a seaport on the western coast of Italy. They had sought for the "physis" or nature of external things, the laws and constituents of the material and measurable world. [2]

Parmenides tried to see the ultimate reality behind natural phenomena —the essentials which lie behind what is observed. But there were also “things” that were not observable, not perceivable; things, nevertheless, that were conceivable. In his simple classification system Parmenides was able to included both observables and non-observables. But it was not a classification between observables and non-observables but rather between “Being” and “non-Being.” He believed that everything can be classified into Being (reality) and non-Being (not reality). Being is changeless, eternal and motionless; non-Being is change, transitoriness, and motion. According to Parmenides motion and change are unreal and merely illusory.[3]

“In the time of Parmenides motion was explained as an illusion: It did not exist.” [4]

The Parmenidean philosophy held that the universe was continuous and unchanging. Obviously Parmenides reached conclusions quite the opposite to those of Heraclitus, to whom flux and change were the true reality, but for a time the motion-as-illusion view exerted a considerable influence.[5]

The great defender of the motion-as-illusion position was Zeno, a friend and follower of Parmenides. He had devised a series of “proofs,” in the form of paradoxes, to show that motion was quite impossible. The most famous “proof” involves a race between Achilles and the tortoise and argues that motion is not what it appears to be.[6]

The argument is that if Achilles and the tortoise run a handicap race, Achilles can never overtake his competitor. Suppose the tortoise starts a certain distance down the track, then while Achilles runs up to the starting point of the tortoise, the latter will have moved somewhat further ahead. While Achilles runs to this new position, the tortoise again will have gained a point slightly further on. Every time Achilles closes in on the tortoise’s previous position, the creature will have crawled away. Achilles does of course come closer and closer to the tortoise, but he will never catch up with it.[7] (See Fig. 1)



Fig. 1.    Achilles’ double handicap race. First handicap, the tortoise is given a head start. Second handicap, Achilles is denied the use of absolute motion. Zeno has deemed that Achilles’ motion must be relative to the tortoise but, perversely, always and forever towards the tortoise. Every time Achilles reaches the tortoise’s previous position the creature, as fast as it can slowly advance, has moved out ahead.



Zeno’s proof uses a peculiar form of relative motion.

Achilles’ position is relative to some in-between point; a moving point which by the defining aspects of the race can never reach the tortoise’s position. And since the motions are not continuous but incremental, Zeno leads us into an infinite regression of infinitely smaller advancements. Achilles and the in-between point, although moving, stay on the trailing side of the tortoise. Achilles, forever finds himself merely catching-up; forever on the losing side.

Notice that Zeno equates subsequent motion to a fraction of the prior motion. He does so recursively, repeatedly, and without end. A truly clever form of relativity. Zeno ignores Achilles’ absolute speed, applies his peculiar relative speed, and ends up with no motion (at least no perceptible motion).

Obviously the paradox arises only if you ignore the fact of absolute motion. Zeno, of course, was wrong because he ignored the absoluteness of motion.

Jumping forward in time and into the 19th century, the concept of absolute motion was long the norm and near the end of that century a working theory of relativity based on absolute motion had been developed. Notably, it worked at all speeds up to the speed of light. Then, at the beginning of the 20th century the modern physical philosopher Albert Einstein (1879-1955) formulated a new theory of relative motion —and, in the spirit of Parmenides and Zeno, he too ignored the absoluteness of motion.

Why Einstein Ignored Absolute Motion

In a famous 1887 experiment, known as the Michelson and Morley aether experiment, it was reported that the speed of the aether wind measured far less than had been expected. Subsequently, others began referring to the Michelson and Morley null result. The experiment was hailed as the death blow to the previously popular aether concept.

Evidently the experiment and the contemporary reaction had an influence on Albert Einstein.

Einstein referred several times to the interferometer experiment, stating that he ‘had thought about the result even in his student days’... that after 1905 he and [Hendrick] Lorentz had discussed the Michelson-Morley experiment many times while he was working on the general theory of relativity. R. S. Shankland[8]

Years later (in 1931), in a public tribute to Michelson’s extensive contribution to science, Einstein acknowledges the experiment’s influence to his own work:

My honored Dr. Michelson, it was you who led the physicists into new paths, and through your marvelous experimental work paved the way for the development of the theory of relativity.[9]

Einstein must have reasoned that if the aether could not be detected then there could be no way to detect absolute inertial motion. So he abandoned the idea of an absolute frame of reference to which motion could be referenced. Motion could only be referenced to other objects and other observers. In other words motion was relative and nothing more.

As far as Einstein was concerned there was no aether substance that fills space.

It must be pointed out that a perfectly sound explanation of the smallness of the Michelson-Morley measurements had been developed. In 1891 the Irish physicist George F. FitzGerald explained the ‘null’ result “on the hypothesis that the forces binding the molecules of a solid might be modified by the motion of the solid through the [a]ether in such a way that the dimension of the stone base of the interferometer would be shortened in the direction of motion and that this contraction ... neutralizes the optical effect sought in the Michelson-Morley [aether] experiment.” [10] It was a brilliant hypothesis.

Essentially, FitzGerald’s aether had the relativistic ability to contract the dimensions of any object: contraction occurring in the direction of motion and in proportion to the speed through the aether!

The FitzGerald-Lorentz Explanation

Historically it has been argued that the motion through the aether shortens the arm (and base) of the Michelson-Morley apparatus in the direction of motion. And this shrinking, now called Lorentz contraction, is just enough to compensate for the calculated longer light path. Consequently, the longer light path is not longer after all and very little, if any, interference shift should be expected.

Then in 1895, the Dutch physicist, Hendrick A. Lorentz (1853-1928) developed the FitzGerald hypothesis into a sound theory. Given that the atoms of all solids are held together by electrical forces, then the motion of a body as a whole would, according to Clerk Maxwell’s physics, superpose upon the electrostatic forces between the atoms a magnetic effect due to the motion. “There would result a contraction of the body in the direction of motion which is proportional to the square of the ratio of the velocities of translation and of light and which would have a magnitude such as to annul the effect of [a]ether-drift in the Michelson-Morley interferometer.” [11]

The validity of this interpretation, the FitzGerald- Lorentz interpretation, was later confirmed. Whenever the experiment was performed in a vacuum the aether-effect on the optical interferometer was (and still is) totally annulled.

But experimental results were only of secondary importance to Einstein. He was a theoretical physicist —a mathematical physicist. He was a Platonic physicist to whom numbers were more real and important than apparent reality or even objective reality. If you find that strange, then prepare yourself.

It is stranger by far that Einstein would actually ignore the phenomenon that his own theory predicts. His theory of special relativity deals with the speed-of-light constancy, time dilation, mass change, and length contraction! The FitzGerald-Lorentz explanation was essentially a theory of aether-induced length contraction. Einstein, who frequently communicated with Lorentz, most certainly was aware of it. The mathematical physicist rejected the aether-induced length contraction.

Einstein preferred to postulate length contraction, not relative to an aether type of space, but relative to the observer —a relatively moving observer. Now since the degree of apparent length contraction is proportional to the relative speed (between observer and object) it is easy to see that different observers moving with different speeds will measure different length contraction for the same object! I hasten to add, there is nothing wrong with this; special relativity does give a logical explanation. However, special relativity gives no hint as to what the actual length contraction may be. It simply can not. It cannot deal with the absolute length contraction because it has no causal mechanism. These concrete considerations are outside the scope of the theory. That is why it is a theory of relatively moving frames-of-reference, and not a theory of length contraction.

When Einstein turned his back on the aether medium he abandoned not only the phenomenon of absolute motion but he also abandoned all hope of attributing a cause for the length contraction associated with an object’s motion.

What makes all this into a fascinating multilevel puzzle is that, as we now know, Einstein and Lorentz were both right with respect to length contraction. Special relativity can account for apparent contraction while Lorentz’s aether theory can account for absolute contraction.

Einstein rejected the actuality of absolute motion for two main reasons: He misinterpreted the Michelson-Morley results, choosing to believe that absolute motion could not be detected. He sought a purely mathematical theory of motion.

The Aether Evidence and Detection of Absolute Motion

How Einstein Won the Nobel
 (But Not for Relativity)

 In 1902 Philipp Lenard, professor at Kiel, won the Nobel award for the discovery of the photoelectric effect. But he couldn’t explain it. In 1905 the young Einstein gave the correct explanation, and in 1921 won his Nobel for it.[12]

The 1921 award honored Einstein only for his light-quanta hypothesis as it explained the photoelectric effect for which Robert Millikan’s experiments already had provided confirmation. The citation read “for discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, through which quantum theory received a new especially vigorous renewal.” [13]

 Thus, though Einstein did not win for his renowned relativity theories, he did win the Nobel Prize for what he considered his most revolutionary idea.[14]

And so, believing absolute motion could not be detected, Einstein confined his arguments to relative motion. But it was not a blind belief; he knew that if absolute motion could be detected then his relativity theory would be wrong.

Einstein fully realized that his theory could not stand if the claimed discovery of aether is ever confirmed (or equivalently, if absolute motion, that is, non-rotational absolute motion, is ever detected). And of particular concern to Einstein were the claims then being made by American physicist Dayton Miller.

In letters written to colleagues he expressed his grave concern.

Einstein stated in a letter, July 1925, to Edwin E. Slosson,

My opinion about Miller's [aether] experiments is the following. ... Should the positive result be confirmed, then the special theory of relativity and with it the general theory of relativity, in its current form, would be invalid. Experimentum summus judex. Only the equivalence of inertia and gravitation would remain, however, they would have to lead to a significantly different theory.[15]

In June of 1921, Einstein wrote to the physicist Robert Millikan:

I believe that I have really found the relationship between gravitation and electricity, assuming that the Miller experiments are based on a fundamental error. Otherwise, the whole relativity theory collapses like a house of cards.[16]

Einstein revealed (privately, at least) the vulnerable conditional component by which his theory could be shaken to its foundations. Centuries earlier, another intellectual giant, René Descartes, did much the same thing when he wrote that if the speed of light could be proved to be finite, his natural philosophy would be “shaken to its foundations” by the findings.

As the chronicles of history record, absolute motion, and therefore aether itself, was detected. It was detected repeatedly.

In 1902 Morley and Miller increased the sensitivity of the Michelson optical interferometer by making the arm length 430 cm (more than three times the length used in the 1887 experiment). The aether drift measured 10 km/s. Their next experiment was in 1904 and saw the first use of the Michelson interferometer mounted on a steel-girder base. Each arm was again 430 cm long. The instrument registered about 7.5 km/s. A year later, in 1905, the same steel-girder apparatus recorded 8.7 km/s. These experiments took place in Cleveland.

In a remarkable 1913 experiment, known as the Sagnac Experiment, it was shown that the aether has a dramatic effect on the speed of light. On a rotating platform, M. G. Sagnac split light from a single monochromatic source into cw and ccw rays that traveled identical paths in opposite directions around the platform. He combined the returning rays to form a visible interference pattern, and found that the fringes shifted as the speed of rotation changed.

The procedure involved measuring the difference in the travel time of light rays circumnavigating the rotating disk (radius of 25 cm) in opposite directions. The circular path is achieved by the use of mirrors mounted on the disk along the circumference. As in the Michelson-Morley experiment, the time difference was detectable as a fringe shift of the interference pattern of the recombined light beam. Sagnac found, in agreement with prediction, a significant fringe shift. In fact, a rotational speed of 13 m/s produces a full fringe shift.

If the speed of light were locally invariant and always equal to c, then speeding up or slowing of the rotation rate of the platform should not change the location of the fringes. However, the fringes do change with speed and “we can determine a preferred frame —in violation of the second relativity postulate and the hypothesis of locality.” [17]

In April of 1921 Dayton Miller’s steel-girder apparatus was tested on Mt. Wilson, California, and measured an aether flow of 10 km/s.

In Dec of 1921 the steel base was replaced with a concrete one to exclude any possible magnetic effects. Same result, 10 km/s.

Miller’s experiments back in Cleveland during 1922-24: Various apparatus changes and procedural methods were extensively tested. Some improvements were made. Tests of intentional temperature variations in “these experiments proved that under the conditions of actual observation, the periodic displacements could not possibly be produced by temperature effects”[18] as is so often claimed. Throughout the many trials the optical interferometer never failed to produce consistently positive results.

In 1924 Miller again conducted experiments on Mt. Wilson and again measured about 10 km/s.

The years 1925-26 witnessed Miller’s definitive experiments (on Mt. Wilson). While in previous experiments the direction of relative motion between Earth and aether had been assumed, this series of experiments was designed to actually measure the direction. Readings were made throughout 24-hour periods; naturally during the 24-hour rotation of the Earth on its axis there would occur two instances when the fringe shifts became maximum thereby indicating the approximate direction of aether drift (somewhat in the manner by which the ocean tides indicate the direction of the moon). Then, by checking the direction —by repeating the 24-hour test— during different seasons of the Earth’s annual Solar orbit, the experiment establishes whether or not the main component of the aether wind is local or cosmic in origin. A more or less constant direction (in the celestial sphere) indicates a cosmic origin.[19]

Data were collected April 1, August 1, and September 15, 1925, and February 8, 1926. The line of motion was established but there was some uncertainty as to which diametrically opposite direction actually represented the apex of the motion. Eventually Miller concluded that the cosmic direction of motion of the Earth and the Solar System is (Right Ascension ~5h; Declination ~70°S) towards the constellation Dorado. The speed was calculated to be 208 km/s.[20]

Many years later, in a non-optical experiment (performed by Roland DeWitte, in 1991) the Right Ascension direction of ~5h was dramatically confirmed.

During subsequent decades of the 20th century there were several other significant experiments giving positive results.

Then, in the year 2002 the Michelson and Morley data —as well as Miller’s data —were re-analyzed and it became clear for the first time why their measurements of aether drift were so much smaller than had been predicted. The re-analysis, undertaken by Australian Professor Reginald Cahill, actually took the Lorentz contraction into account along with the dielectric nature of the gas (air) affecting the light paths and found that the tangent-to-earth-orbit component of the aether wind matched the predicted 30 km/s.[21]

Absolute motion became an established fact.

What Einstein had feared has come to pass. ... Zeno’s Nemesis finally awoke and dutifully struck another blow against abstract relativity.


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No Award for General Relativity 

Einstein’s general theory of relativity generalizes special relativity to non-inertial frames of reference. It deals with events occurring in frames of reference that are accelerating due to motion or are accelerating due to gravitation. It is called a geometrodynamic theory. Geometric because, having no aether-space, it uses a mathematical space defined by four coordinates. Dynamic because its mathematical space curves in accordance with the presence and motion of mass particles and bodies. And what is space curvature? Well, that is one of Einstein’s abstractions. In fact it is an abstraction in geometry borrowed from Georg Friedrich Riemann (1826-66) and Nikolai Lobachevski (1792-1856).

The general relativity theory first appeared in 1915. Because it deals with gravitational acceleration it is called a theory of gravity.

Others, including Lorentz, Poincaré, and Le Sage, had made attempts to formulate a theory of gravitation. They all used an aether medium to communicate the gravity effect. The idea of using a gravitational aether has a long tradition going back to the days of Isaac Newton himself; and even earlier to René Descartes with his large and small vortices of aethereal dust producing what we would call gravitational effects.

Did Einstein use a gravitational aether? ... In 1920 Einstein compared his “gravitational ether” with Lorentz's aether and made it clear that the aether of general relativity has no mechanical properties.

“The ether of the general theory of relativity is a medium which is itself devoid of all mechanical and kinematical qualities, but helps to determine mechanical (and electromagnetic) events. ... the ether of the general theory of relativity is the outcome of the Lorentzian ether, through relativization.” –A. Einstein

Relativization!? ... In plain English, for Einstein, the aether serves no purpose; it is simply ignored, and might as well not exist. Einstein the mathematician gives aether four-dimensional coordinates, discards the aether medium, and retains the coordinates. That procedure is called relativization.

The term symbolized a new vision for a new age. Einstein’s general relativity was the dawn of the age of the mathematical universes. The four-dimensional relativization of the cosmos became a serious enterprise.

In 1916 and into 1917 Einstein developed the very first model of the universe based on the new gravity theory. It was a failure. Although it was designed as a static universe it turned out to be unstable. The instability was pointed out by the Russian mathematician Alexander Friedmann. Gravity and Lambda (a cosmic antigravity effect) were initially balanced but with the slightest disturbance Einstein’s universe will either contract and ultimately collapse into a self-made black hole or, alternately, expand to infinity.  Nevertheless, this incipient application set the trend for the science of cosmology for the rest of the century.

Almost all the theoretical models of the universe developed during the 20th century are based, in one way or another, on general relativity. Einstein went on to design other versions of this genre. In 1932 he teamed up with Willem de Sitter and constructed an expanding universe known as the Einstein-deSitter model. It became a textbook standard for comparative big bang models.

However, no award was ever given for general relativity. And no one —not Einstein nor anyone else— ever received an award for a relativized theory of our Universe. The cofounders of the big bang theory of the universe, the Russian physicist George Gamow and his doctoral student Ralph Alpher (publishing in 1946 and 1948 respectively), never made it onto the Nobel list.

There was no Award given for what has been called “the discovery of the expansion of the universe” and rightfully so; for no such discovery was ever made. Edwin Hubble (1889-1953), on whose behalf the claim is often made, did not discover the expansion of the universe —he discovered a redshift versus distance relationship for distant galaxies. The greater the galaxy’s distance, the longer the wavelength of its light. To extrapolate this variation into proof of the expansion of the whole universe is pure speculation. (Nevertheless, when Modern Astrophysics gets its act together, it will belatedly recognize that Edwin Hubble’s rightful claim is for the discovery of the expansion of aether-space!)

There are far too many problems with general relativity models to cover in this article. I will only highlight a few relevant issues. One is that when applied to the universe general relativity is a weak theory. Dennis Sciama describes the problem this way: “For instance, general relativity, ... is consistent with an infinite number of different possibilities, or models, for the history of the Universe. Needless to say, not more than one of these models can be correct, so that the theory permits possibilities that are not realized in Nature. In other words, it is too wide. We can put this in another way. In the absence of a theory anything can happen. If we introduce a weak theory too many things can still happen.”

There are so many problems with such models that papers are written in an effort to keep track of them: Legendary astronomer Allan Sandage came up with one titled “23 astronomical problems for the next three decades” and was submitted to the conference on Key Problems in Astronomy and Astrophysics (Sandage, 1995). The Russian physicist Yurij V. Baryshev has published the “Conceptual Problems of Fractal Cosmology” which includes several outright paradoxes and in which he concludes “The roots of many of the conceptual problems of modern cosmology ... actually lie in the gravity theory.”  And there are web articles; for example, The Top 30 Problems with the Big Bang.

Surely the most embarrassing problem is the inability to explain the observed large scale structure —the network of cosmic voids surrounded by linked galaxy clusters. There is far too much regularity. Furthermore, as plasma physicist and science writer Eric J. Lerner points out, to form these structures by building up the needed motions through gravitational acceleration alone would take in excess of 100 billion years.

How the original unstructured universe evolved into its present highly structured state is a major unsolved riddle in cosmology. –Edward Harrison

   In the year 2003 Jaan Einasto reminded the astrophysics community to take note that the big bang models neither predict the position, nor the presence and extent of the regularity of the supercluster-void network (the largest observed structural network in the Universe). The origin of the pattern regularity and the physical scale are unknown.

Then there is the metaphysical nature. General relativity converts time into a special dimension. Time was spatialized and reduced to a timeline by the c constant. But, as we all know, our world only has three dimensions. When you transform time into a fourth dimension, as Einstein did, you are modeling an imaginary mathematical universe, not any kind of real universe. You are placing your theory outside the realm of physics and, in the context of the Nobel Prize, outside the realm of contenders. And doubt not that Einstein constructed an imaginary world, for in order to make time a 4th-dimension coordinate it was necessary to multiply “time” by the factor (√-1) thereby converting time into an imaginary number.

There is also the perennial problem pertaining to cause. The same problem that plagued Newton’s gravity theory also infests Einstein’s gravity —no causal mechanism.

It may never be known for certain whether these unreal aspects and metaphysical ambiguities influenced the Foundation to make policy changes for certain categories. What we do know is that after 1922 the Nobel Prize committee decided, in private, without making the decision public, to exclude discoveries and theories in astrophysics.

Many years later an award was made for an astrophysics finding. Arno Penzias and Robert W. Wilson shared the Award for the “Discovery of cosmic background radiation” —not for finding evidence of a big bang expanding universe. Their 1978 Award was for an observational phenomenon and not for its specific cause and certainly not for any general relativity theory of the universe.

In hindsight the selection committee’s decision to withhold judgment, regardless of motivation, was fortuitous indeed. All general relativity universe models  —Hot Big Bang, Cold Big Bang, Steady State, Quasi Steady State, and now the Double Dark model— all treat the universe as a single-cell entity. Each one models the universe as a monolithic mathematical sphere —formulated so that it is only partially visible to us. (Formulated so that no one making a critical assessment of one of these relativity-type models can say Oh! look way over there, one can see the edge of the universe!)

The models of the twentieth century were conceived as single cells. Einstein built the prototype; his legacy to cosmology built the others. However, it turns out that the Universe is actually multi-cellular; intrinsically so; and surprisingly regular.

The eminent physicist Max Planck, who himself had been awarded the Nobel Prize of 1918, nominated Einstein for the 1919 prize, for general relativity, but in vain.


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Full 15-page article: Why Einstein Did Not Receive the Nobel Prize for His Theory of Relativity  ( (PDF download)

Reprinted by permission of Physics Essays Publication, from Physics Essays Vol.22, No.4, p564 (2009), DOI:10.4006/1.3252983 (PDF)



[1] L. T. More, as in I. Bernard Cohen, Revolution in Science (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1985)  p414

[2] Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy (Doubleday, Toronto, 2927) p12

[3] Colin Ronan, Science: its History and Development Among the World Cultures (The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd, New York, 1982) p79

[4] Lawrence L. LeShan and Henry Morgenau, Einstein’s Space and Van Gogh’s Sky (Macmillan Publishing Co. New York, 1983) p124

[5]  Colin Ronan,  Science: its History and Development Among the World Cultures (The Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd, New York, 1982) p79

[6] Zeno’s defense of Parmenides’ theory is indirect; his argument is more an attack on the quantization model of the Pythagoreans.

[7] Bertrand Russell, Wisdom of the West, Editor Paul Foulkes (Crescent Books Inc., & Rathbone Books, London, 1978) p 42

[8] R. S. Shankland, Michelson-Morley Experiment, The Encyclopedia of Physics, 3rd Edition, Edited by Robert M. Besancon (Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York) p748

[9] From a brief biography of Albert A. Michelson:

[10] Dayton C. Miller, The Ether-Drift Experiment and the Determination of the Absolute Motion of the Earth, Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol.5 July (1933) p207

[11] D. C. Miller, The Ether-Drift Experiment and the Determination of the Absolute Motion of the Earth, Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol.5 July (1933) p207; Miller gives reference to: H.A. Lorentz, Versuch Einer Theorie der Electrischen und Optischen Erscheinungen in Bewegten Körpern (E.J. Brill, Leiden, 1895); Theory of the Electron (B.G. Teubner, Leipzig & Berlin, 1909), p195

[12] Burton Feldman, The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy, and Prestige (Arcade Publishing, New York, 2000) p137

[13] Ibid. p147

[14] Ibid. p147

[15] As quoted in: James DeMeo. 2002. Dayton Miller's Ether-Drift Experiments: A Fresh Look. (Posted on

[16] As quoted in: Ronald W. Clark,  Einstein: The Life and Times (The World Publishing Co., NY. 1971) p328

[17] Robert D. Klauber, Toward a Consistent Theory of Relativistic Rotation in Relativity in Rotating Frames (Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht, 2004) (arXiv:physics/0404027 v1 6 Apr 2004) p6

[18] D. C. Miller, The Ether-Drift Experiment and the Determination of the Absolute Motion of the Earth (Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol.5 July, 1933) p220

[19] D. C. Miller, The Ether-Drift Experiment and the Determination of the Absolute Motion of the Earth (Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol.5 July, 1933)

[20] Ibid.

[21] Reginald T. Cahill,  2002. Absolute Motion and Quantum Gravity. Posted on ;
R. T. Cahill, The Michelson and Morley 1887 Experiment and the Discovery of Absolute Motion, Progress in Physics, Vol.3, 25 (October 2005)


2.  The Reluctant Abandonment of Aether

One must understand that practically all the leading physicists at the time believed in the existence of aether but because of the seeming impossibility of its detection (according to the interpretation of the Michelson & Morley experiment) they all struggled, each in his own way, to break away from aether —and the notion of absolute motion with respect to it. The trend of the early 20th century was to rework existing theories and have them based solely on relative motion.

Hence, we have Lorentz researching and defending his aether theory while reluctantly helping to establish a principle of relativity. (With this in mind, the reader should be better able to place Lorentz’s extended quote into proper perspective.)

In 1921 Lorentz compared his own efforts with those of Poincaré when he wrote:

"I have not established the principle of relativity as rigorously and universally true. Poincaré, on the other hand, has obtained a perfect invariance of the electro-magnetic equations, and he has formulated 'the postulate of relativity', terms which he was the first to employ." –Lorentz (1921)

(Notice, Poincaré was the first, but Einstein received the credit. That's odd. ...  It seems the popular media were just as unreliable then as they are today.)

Nevertheless, Lorentz never relinquished his belief that the aether rest frame was the preferred frame in which clocks measure "real" time and objects possess non-contracted lengths. But if the relativity principle is valid then it would be impossible to find the aether frame by experiment (Lorentz, 1913).

And Poincaré’s position was just as ambivalent. In 1901 he denied the existence of aether-space:

 “There is no absolute space, and we only conceive of relative motion ; and yet in most cases mechanical facts are enunciated as if there is an absolute space to which they can be referred.” –Poincaré (1901)

Yet in 1912 in a paper called "The Quantum Theory", Poincaré ten times referred to the aether, and described light as "luminous vibrations of the ether."

The point is, the outcome of the M & M experiment had powerfully influenced both sides of the debate. Aether theorists wavered in the defense of aether theory. Most of them gradually abandoned their cherished preferential frame of reference and so helped to misdirect the course of physics for the following 100 years.


3.  An Obvious Question

The aether medium has been repeatedly detected —originally in 1887, definitively in 1925-26, unexpectedly in 1991, and more recently in 2006— but Einstein's relativity theory has not collapsed! Was Einstein wrong in his dire prediction that the discovery of aether would invalidate his theory? It is a prediction that is still echoing, as in this quote from 2005:  "If future experiments were to reveal a non-zero aether drift, then Einstein's relativity would crumble." [1]

The obvious question is why didn't Einstein's relativity crumble?

There are several reasons. First, Einstein had based his prediction on the possibility of the discovery of the 19th-century aether. Einstein feared the discovery of the classical aether. He knew his theory was vulnerable to the classical aether, because if it existed it would, by definition, be detectable (unlike the rival Lorentzian aether, which was theoretically undetectable). However, that is NOT what the various experiments found. They did not discover the classical aether (nor did they find the Lorentzian aether).

Second, special relativity has proven to be a highly successful theory for apparent situations —situations with purely relative reference frames. And the vast majority of applications are relative ones. It is only rarely that "absolute" situations arise (and it is only those that lead to paradoxes).

Third, whenever practitioners of relativity theory find it necessary or convenient, one of the key elements of the theory is simply ignored. Remember the no-preferred-reference-frame requirement (the abolition-of-aether clause)? ... Well, it has been seriously diluted in meaning; sometimes it is just abandoned. The various "twins" paradoxes are excellent examples. They are not resolvable unless you break the rule and implement a preferred frame.

Fourth, the theory received the backing of the establishment, became institutionalized, became a symbol of a new intellectual mystique, and attracted a formidable following. It became a vested interest.

In short, Einstein's relativity survives because (i) it can easily be extended [2] to work with an aether frame; (ii) it does agree with many observed phenomena; (iii) it cheats on one of its postulates; and (iv) it has tenacious defenders.

Oh yes, there is another reason.  I was so buried in the technical details that I had almost forgotten about human nature? ... In order to make meaningful changes to relativity, and move beyond the limitations of Einstein's version, physicists will have to admit that they and their profession got it wrong for 101 years —the years from the historic rejection of aether in 1905 to the third major rediscovery of aether in 2006. ... Such an admission is unlikely to happen.

Meanwhile, the paradoxes and inconsistencies remain.

–CR (2012)


1.  Diana Buchwald and Kip S. Thorne, The Born-Einstein Letters (publisher, Palgrave, USA, 2005)  Preface

2.  C. Ranzan,  Extended Relativity Exploiting the Loopholes in Einstein's Relativity, Physics Essays Vol.25, No.3, pp327-346 (2012 Sept)

4.  More on Zeno's Paradox

Both Zeno and Einstein applied uncompromising logic to their respective theories of motion.
Zeno applied his logic to a misconception of infinity ; Einstein applied his to a misconception of space.

In case you are wondering about the resolution of the famous paradox ...
The mathematical resolution involves showing that an infinite series of numbers can add up to a finite number.

Zeno's Paradox may be rephrased as follows. Suppose I wish to cross the room. First, of course, I must cover half the distance. Then, I must cover half the remaining distance. Then, I must cover half the remaining distance. Then I must cover half the remaining distance . . . and so on forever. The consequence is that I can never get to the other side of the room.

What this actually does is to make all motion impossible, for before I can cover half the distance I must cover half of half the distance, and before I can do that I must cover half of half of half of the distance, and so on, so that in reality I can never move any distance at all, because doing so involves moving an infinite number of small intermediate distances first.

Now, since motion obviously is possible, the question arises, what is wrong with Zeno? What is the "flaw in the logic?" If you are giving the matter your full attention, it should begin to make you squirm a bit, for on its face the logic of the situation seems unassailable. You shouldn't be able to cross the room, and the Tortoise should win the race! Yet we know better. Hmm.

Rather than tackle Zeno head-on, let us pause to notice something remarkable. Suppose we take Zeno's Paradox at face value for the moment, and agree with him that before I can walk a mile I must first walk a half-mile. And before I can walk the remaining half-mile I must first cover half of it, that is, a quarter-mile, and then an eighth-mile, and then a sixteenth-mile, and then a thirty-secondth-mile, and so on. Well, suppose I could cover all these infinite number of small distances, how far should I have walked? One mile! In other words, ...

At first this may seem impossible: adding up an infinite number of positive distances should give an infinite distance for the sum. But it doesn't – in this case it gives a finite sum; indeed, all these distances add up to 1! A little reflection will reveal that this isn't so strange after all: if I can divide up a finite distance into an infinite number of small distances, then adding all those distances together should just give me back the finite distance I started with. (An infinite sum such as the one above is known in mathematics as an infinite series,  and when such a sum adds up to a finite number we say that the series is summable.)

Now the resolution to Zeno's Paradox is easy. Obviously, it will take me some fixed time to cross half the distance to the other side of the room, say 2 seconds. How long will it take to cross half the remaining distance? Half as long – only 1 second. Covering half of the remaining distance (an eighth of the total) will take only half a second. And so one. And once I have covered all the infinitely many sub-distances and added up all the time it took to traverse them? Only 4 seconds, and here I am, on the other side of the room after all.

And poor old Achilles would have won his race.

– Source: (2009 July)

5.   Historical Note on Einstein and the Nobel Award

The following, by Kevin Brown,  is from a web-article at :

The story of how Einstein did not get the Nobel prize in 1920, or in 1921, and the famous reports of Arrhenius and Gullstrand downplaying or disparaging relativity, has been much discussed in the literature, but I’ve never seen any discussion of the (admittedly indirect) connection between Einstein and Guillaume, the man who was awarded the 1920 prize. Gullstrand (a member of the Nobel committee) was quoted as saying that “Einstein must never win the Nobel prize for relativity!”, because he was strongly opposed to what he regarded as the overly abstract and mathematical approach to physics. Both Arrhenius and Gullstrand were obviously acquainted with the relativity literature, especially the literature critical of the theory, so it seems plausible that they were familiar with the “other” Guillaume’s battle with Einstein. Is it purely coincidental that the prize, so pointedly denied to Einstein for relativity theory, was awarded (more or less out of the blue) to the cousin of one of the most vocal critics of relativity theory?

In 1921, the year after Guillaume was awarded the Nobel prize, Einstein was again nominated by many of the world’s leading physicists. Eddington wrote to the committee that “Einstein stands above his contemporaries even as Newton did.” But this is the year in which Gullstrand issued his disparaging report, and the committee decided not to award a physics prize for 1921. The following year, however, the tide had turned. One nominator (Brillouin) asked the committee to “imagine for a moment what the general opinion will be fifty years from now if the name Einstein does not appear on the list of Nobel laureates.”

So, in 1922, Einstein was retro-actively awarded the 1921 prize (and Bohr got the 1922 prize). Nevertheless, relativity theory was still seen as too controversial – and too unconnected to the practical world – to be the subject of a Nobel prize. Instead, the committee cited Einstein’s “services to theoretical physics and especially his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect”. It’s worth noting that the award was not for the theory of light quanta, but rather for discovering the “law” of the photoelectric effect. This again reflects the committee’s reluctance to endorse theoretical ideas. Years later when Einstein was asked to list the main awards he had received during his lifetime, he omitted the Nobel prize.

The back-to-back Nobel prizes awarded to Guillaume and Einstein exemplifies an interesting fundamental dichotomy. Guillaume’s achievement has often been characterized as “routine” by the community of theoretical physicists, some of whom suggested that it wasn’t deserving of the Nobel – and yet it must be admitted that none of those theoreticians predicted the existence of anomalous behavior (the Invar effect) in metals. [“Invar,” an abbreviation of invariable, is the trademark name of an alloy of iron and nickel with a negligible coefficient of expansion, and is used in the making of clocks and scientific instruments. –C.R.] It was found only by Guillaume’s determined and practical-minded experimentation, and the practical benefits of his discovery have been immense. On the other hand, although Einstein and his theories of relativity were (and still are) revered by theoretical physicists, a good case could be made, at least for general relativity, that the direct practical benefits have been almost non-existent. It’s true that special relativity is fundamental to all of modern physics, to the extent that it’s hard to imagine modern physics without it, but in historical terms the special theory was, as Einstein himself said, “ripe for discovery in 1905”. (Needless to say, the splitting of the atom and the production of atomic bombs was primarily a product of the study of x-rays, radioactivity, and sub-atomic particles by people like Roentgen, Curie, and their successors, rather than a result of special relativity.) Whether quantum mechanics would have been hindered by the absence of the Einstein’s unique elucidation of the principles of special relativity is impossible to say. But it’s easy to see how his work on the photoelectric effect (which ironically was based on the experimental work of Philip Lenard, another Nobel prize winner and charter member of the Anti-Relativity Company Ltd.), together with his other work related to the light quanta, stimulated emission of radiation, and Einstein-Bose statistics, has been profoundly influential and facilitated the development of important technologies, including both television and the laser, with all the associated applications. Einstein’s theoretical work on relativity is comparable to the heliocentric theory of Copernicus, in the sense that the Copernican model did not lead directly to any practical benefits, and yet it stimulated and facilitated the entire scientific revolution. How then do we measure the “utility” of such fundamental theoretical ideas? Of course, even aside from utility, deep scientific truths possess a beauty that makes them highly valued by anyone with an appreciation for such things, but nothing needs to be said about that.

Oddly enough, the two Guillaume cousins seem to have almost merged into a single individual in the scholarly literature. For example, in A. I. Miller’s book on the emergence of special relativity he cites “Charles Edouard Guillaume” as the author of the preface to the 1924 edition of Poincaré’s “The New Mechanics”, in which the case is made for Poincare’s priority over Einstein, and for the Lorentz/Poincare ether-based approach. I’m fairly certain that this was actually written by Edouard Guillaume, the Swiss patent examiner who published so many anti-relativity papers, not by his cousin Charles Edouard Guillaume, the discoverer of Invar and winner of the Nobel prize.

– Source:  (2014-11-6)

6.   Table-4 Erratum, and a Further Point of Interest

For Table 4 (in the Physics Essays published version).
The correct momentum equation is:
       p = γA γB mo (vA+ vB)                   (1)

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As a point of interest, although an aether theory is used to derive the above equation, it can easily be verified by taking the relative-to-absolute conversion expression,


and substituting it into the conventional Einstein expression for relativistic momentum:

  .                                                                                (3)

The result is the DSSU relativistic momentum:

,                                                       (4)

which is just the expanded version of eqn (1) above.

 DSSU relativity can be thought of as an extension of Einstein's relativity. There exists a mathematical link between the two whereby "relativity" equations can be converted to "absolute" (aether-referenced) equations. This means that any relativity expression  such as eqn (3), which contains a pure relative velocity v, can be converted to an absolute expression, eqn (4) in this case, which contains strictly aether-referenced velocities. (Velocities vA and vB are absolute in the sense that they are referenced to aether-space.)

It may not be immediately obvious, but Einstein's eqn (3) and DSSU eqn (4) both give the same answer in any particular situation.



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