Reinventing Gravity, with Professor John Moffat
27 Nov, 2009
Something is wrong with gravity!
Einstein’s relativity and the theory of quantum mechanics are fundamentally incompatible, which has prompted the last 30 years of work in string theory and quantum gravity. However, John Moffat has identify a bigger problem: not only does Einstein’s theory not work in the world of the very small but it does not seem to work in the world of the very large either.
Moffat has developed a modified theory of gravity, or MOG, that can explain the behavior of our universe as well as Einstein’s, without resorting to dubious, yet long-claimed excuse for the existence of invisible “dark matter”. As John Barrow of the University of Cambridge asserts, the simplicity of Moffat’s model demands that physicist take this daring new theory seriously.
John Moffat is a Professor Emeritus in physics at the University of Toronto. He is also an adjunct professor in physics at the University of Waterloo and a resident affiliate member of the prestigious Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics. He is best known for his work on Nonsymmetric Gravitational Theory.
This lecture is CFI’s contribution to the International Year of Astronomy, which is a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day -and night- time sky, and thereby engage a personal sense of wonder and discovery.