About 40 years ago I wrote and article that I entitled â€œLogical Reanalysis of the Michelson-Morley Experimental Results to Establish the Correlation Between Gravity and Electromagnetismâ€. After Iâ€™d written it, I filed it. I just ran across it a few weeks ago. After re-reading it, I realized that Iâ€™d been full of myself in those days. But, it does answer some of the questions about why I should think the way I do today.
The article is too long to copy here as a thread. I havenâ€™t been too lucky in that department either. Itâ€™s either too long, too controversial, too crazy, etc. What the heck, lets strike a happy â€˜mediumâ€™ and write a condensed version here.
The experiment was run time and time again with the same result. No discernable ether or medium for our light-wave propagation. There were sad wave theorists and happy corpuscular theorists in those days. I, for one, could not junk the medium. I had to redefine it to explain the apparently negative result. The original idea is that the medium or ether had to be a fixed or a non-moving medium, and had to be completely permeable so that matter could pass directly through it without creating even a ripple. I contended that the experimental results had to mean that the mediumâ€™s original specifications were faulty.
Our medium has only one requirement. It must be so constructed so that it permits electromagnetic intercourse between each and every body in the universe. This medium must be perfectly elastic, that is, it must allow itself to be dragged about in each and every direction at the exact velocity of each body in the universe. Such a medium would produce negative results in the experiment no matter which of the bodies or combination of bodies were used for the experiment.
If we look around, we find that there is something that fits the requirements of this perfectly elastic medium. What does every body in the universe drag about with it that is related to every other body in such a manner. Why not gravitation itself. Why couldnâ€™t light be propagated in or on the gravitational force that interrelates each and every body in the universe. Why not? It wouldnâ€™t be the only force field that does so. The electrostatic field between the plates of a capacitor acts as a medium for the conduction of signal intelligence.
The stretching and compression in the gravitational force as bodies move relative to each other would cause the frequency changes we know as the Doppler effect. The corpuscular nature of light is still maintained because light is produced and propagated in pulses which appear corpuscular when they strike an object.
This is one of the basic reasons why my thinking could seem a little strange to you. Isnâ€™t it amazing that a man like Einstein could arrive at relativity by completely bypassing the one step that was absolutely necessary to its logical deduction and paradoxically that this step (the unified field theory) was the one he tried to take after he had already unconsciously taken it? The logical progression for his determination could have be: (1) the establishment of gravity as the ether which provides a unified field theory, and (2) deduction of the side effects of this unified field theory which includes relativistic phenomena.