This revolution in astrophysics is being suggested by Erik Verlinde, a Dutch theoretical physicist born in 1962. Verlinde’s idea contradicts the Universal Law of Gravitation first published in 1687 in the book "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" (mathematical principles of natural philosophy) by English astronomer, alchemist, philosopher and theologian Isaac Newton (1643-1727).
Newton’s discovery in 1685 came as a result of a series of studies over many years and changed forever humanity’s perception of the universe surrounding us. But can forever really mean forever? Apparently, Erik disagrees with one of the greatest minds that existed and dares to say that "gravity does not exist."
The Dutchman, aged 48, sparked much controversy recently in a symposium at the Dutch Spinoza Institute with his revolutionary idea. For Erik, "What matters is that there is a difference in the concentration of information in the empty space between two masses and not what was hypothesized by Newton centuries ago”.
Erik Verlinde’s new theory has caused much debate in the scientific world. In an interview with Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, Verlinde said "In the microscopic world, Isaac Newton's theory is unfounded. The law of universal gravitation is valid for larger bodies such as apples and planets, "and he goes on to compare gravity with the pressures of a gas."The molecules themselves do not have any pressure, but a cylinder of gas has.”
The debate continues and more reading will have to be done for me to fully understand his hypothesis, however, for the first time Newton is being questioned. Humanity now has another chance to move forward towards the truth, towards new discoveries and to a different understanding of the world around us. Controversy is and should be a part of science for without it there would be no evolution. Verlinde versus Newton is just another chapter in our complex history.
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