Take a leap into hyperspace

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 17 Jan 2006 12:09:27 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Haiko Lietz at New Scientist - could flying saucers that use huge magnetic fields to defy gravity and travel through hyperspace by in our future? If Burkhard Heim, a little-known German physicist, was right in his 1950s theories, maybe. [lew]

In Heim's six-dimensional world, the forces of gravity and electromagnetism are coupled together. Even in our familiar four-dimensional world, we can see a link between the two forces through the behaviour of fundamental particles such as the electron. An electron has both mass and charge. When an electron falls under the pull of gravity its moving electric charge creates a magnetic field. And if you use an electromagnetic field to accelerate an electron you move the gravitational field associated with its mass. But in the four dimensions we know, you cannot change the strength of gravity simply by cranking up the electromagnetic field.

In Heim's view of space and time, this limitation disappears. He claimed it is possible to convert electromagnetic energy into gravitational and back again, and speculated that a rotating magnetic field could reduce the influence of gravity on a spacecraft enough for it to take off.

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