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Van Flandern Has Always Argued GR Is Wrong

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Posted by Richard Ruquist on November 6, 2002 12:59:06 UTC

From my reading of his paper in the link below, he does not seem to be arguing that GR is wrong, but rather than it must be used with instantaneous propagation of the force of gravity as the mass producing space curvature moves about.

http://www.metaresearch.org/cosmology/speed_of_gravity.asp

If I have an incorrect impression of what he is saying in that paper, please poibnt it out to me.

However like many who get the crackpot label, he may not know when to stop. As I see that type, they find an element of important truth, but then try to claim that all or most of physics is wrong. We have seen that kind of personality on this forum, where the claims were so outlandish that for about a year I did not see the real importance of his discovery. He apparently still does not se it himself.

So Flandem has probably made outlandish claims in other papers that I have not read. Even in this paper he suggests that dark matter and non-locality is explained by his arguments without ever actually making an argument against them. So he is prone to outlandish remarks.

However, let's look beyond the outlandishness and determine if his claim, as he was taught in Yale and had to employ in satellite work, that in GR the force of gravity must be propagated instantly to get correct experimental results.

Regards,

yanniru

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