J F Woodward

Next is the work of J. F. Woodward, resulting in one or more patents {521} and multiple articles in the legitimate physics literature {522a-522k}. Woodward uses an adapted theory based on Mach's principle and on the thesis that the mass of a capacitor can be made to vary from its normal mass by rapidly charging and discharging it — say, at a frequency of 20 kHz. This predicted effect is testable, although some sophistication in the testing is required.

Woodward's publications show the results of actual experiments, measuring a very small change in the mass, and are worthy of much further investigation. Here we note that the actual mechanism generating the inertia of an object is still an open issue, with several different contending theories.218 Whether the gravitational mass and the inertial mass are identical or not, also remains an issue. If the exact local mechanism generating the inertia of a mass could be decisively found, then direct methods of changing the inertial mass and the gravitational mass might be a real possibility, and research to try to find such methods would be strongly indicated.

Our further comment is that the mechanism that generates mass itself has

never been specified in formal physics, particularly when one views an observable (such as mass) as continually recurring in 3-space rather than continuously existing in 3-space, due to the d/dt operator imposed on spacetime by the observation process. Before the reader assumes that mass is well understood, a reading of Jammer's scholarly work {523} is highly recommended.

From our viewpoint we stress that observed mass cannot continuously exist, but must be an effect and the instantaneous frozen output of the d/dt observation process invoked on an ongoing 4-space process. Hence, from this view there is indeed a "process" that (continually) creates mass — it is at least the emission of EM angular momentum (a photon) from the masstime entity. Similarly, there is a "process" that continually destroys or converts any mass — it is the absorption of a photon and conversion of the

218 E.g., (a) A. Rueda and B. Haisch, "Inertia as reaction of the vacuum to accelerated motion," Phys. Lett. A, Vol. 240, 1998, p. 115-126; (b) B. Haisch, A. Rueda and Y. Dobyns, "Inertial Mass and the Quantum Vacuum Fields," Ann. Phys., Vol. 10, 2001, p. 393-414.

219 The present author made an early and crude attempt at doing it in his "Quiton-

Perceptron Physics." 1973, NTIS Report AD-763-210.

mass m into masstime (m + dm)dt. Mass "flows through time" via this time charging and discharging, in the form m => mt => m => mt => m... etc.

Again we stress that masstime mt is not mass m, but is as different from it as impulse Ft is from force F. We crudely proposed such an initial massgenerating mechanism in 1973 {524a}, with additional information published in 1998 {525a}, which may have bearing on the mechanism involved in Woodward's experiments.

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