viXra to the rescue

Being unable to post the new paper to arXiv, I have had to resort using to viXra as a repository. This is very much a second best option as:

  • viXra has very little visibility or credibility in the academic community
  • it is not indexed by Google Scholar
  • it contains many crackpot postings that have only a passing resemblance to proper science

Nevertheless, it does offer authors the ability to register their publications in a date stamped repository, thus establishing intellectual property precedence. Now that it is registered, I am at least able to cite it in any future papers relating the this topic.

More arXiv issues

After a wait of over two weeks while my submission was ‘on hold’, I finally received a communication from the arXiv administrators, basically wanting to establish whether I was a proper ‘professional’ researcher with an academic affiliation.  It would appear that they were not satisfied with my response (I do not currently have an academic affiliation) and therefore deleted my submission, inviting me to submit instead to a conventional peer review journal.    That should work well!

I was not entirely surprised by this response, having undertaken some follow-up research on the issue of arXiv censorship of non-approved authors or papers containing new physics.  So apparently if you are not a member of an academic institution, or you are an academic but have some novel concepts that you wish to communicate to the scientific community, then arXiv don’t want to know.  Just as well Einstein was not trying to publish his Special Theory of Relativity today!

arXiv issues

I possibly spoke too soon.  My attempt to post my latest paper was blocked by arXiv because I need an endorser.  Although I have previously posted several papers to the arXiv, apparently because these were published some years ago, their new procedures require that I go through the same endorsement process as a new author.

Luckily I do still have several colleagues in the physics research community who were prepared to act as endorsers, one of whom kindly agreed to do so on this occasion.  So I have now been able to post the paper to arXiv.  Let’s see what happens next.

Analytic solution found for Holchronous galaxy rotation curves

Up to now I had been calculating the gravitational potential arising from a collapsing galactic gas cloud, under the Holochronous model, using a numerical simulation in Excel. Obviously this is not ideal when it comes to presenting the results in a scientific publication, and I was confident that an analytical solution must exist, if only I could get me head around the concept of integrating a 4-dimensional density function. I am pleased to say that I did eventually managed to come up with the solution with nothing more than basic A-level calculus. I am still not quite sure what the underlying meaning is of the process that I have been using. It seems akin to the integration of a Lagrangian 4-density, in which case the end result driving the gravitational potential is a scalar action. Go figure! Anyway, the results agree with the simulation, which is good, and the 3 parameters of the resulting formula allow fitting of the calculated rotation curves to a wide sample of elliptical galaxy observed rotation curves, which is even better.

The digital filter analogy

The fact that the age of the universe \(\simeq 1/H_0 \) suggests that cosmological dynamics must incorporate some form of negative feedback.  Couple this with the Holochronous Principle, whereby the universe retains the gravitational histories of all the matter it contains, and the fact that this gravitational imprint propagates at the speed of light, and you have all the ingredients required for a digital filter system.