According to the new theory, Gravity is not the fundamental force or fundamental interaction but it is actually the result of the laws of thermodynamics, which tells us about the behavior of heat and gases.
Journal of High Energy Physics
The New York Times reported on July 12, 2010 that Professor Erik Verlinde, 48, a respected string theorist and professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, said in the paper, submitted on January 6th, 2010), titled “On the Origin of Gravity and the Laws of Newton”, gravity doesn’t present. It is the result of the laws of thermodynamics. He is actually opposing the strong thinking of about 300 years of science.
“For me, gravity doesn’t exist,” said Dr. Verlinde. He along with other some other scientists believe that we look at gravity in a misunderstanding way. He considers that gravity is actually the entropic force and in simple words, you can say that gravity is the by-product of nature’s tendency to maximize disorder, according to his proposition. He supposes that gravity is felt as a result of disorder of an object surrounding the other small objects.
“Gravity is explained as an entropic force caused by changes in the information associated with the positions of material bodies”, he wrote in the paper.
He can derive the Newton’s second law of mechanics on the basis of this idea in the Holographic theory.
Moreover, his hypothesis on the physics of inertia is also a new concept.
Whether it is true or not but it could help in some of the confusing and still unexplainable phenomenon of the universe such as dark-energy, a hypothetical form of energy responsible for the expansion of the universe, or the dark matter, a hypothetical mass in the universe needed to hold the galaxies together, or the loop quantum gravity, a theory that explains the quantum properties of gravity.
“Some people have said it can’t be right, others that it’s right and we already knew it — that it’s right and profound, right and trivial,” Andrew Strominger, a string theorist at Harvard said.
“What you have to say,” he further said, “is that it has inspired a lot of interesting discussions. It’s just a very interesting collection of ideas that touch on things we most profoundly do not understand about our universe. That’s why I liked it.”
“We’ve known for a long time gravity doesn’t exist,” Dr. Verlinde said, “It’s time to yell it.”
Verlinde, E. (2011). On the origin of gravity and the laws of Newton Journal of High Energy Physics, 2011 (4) DOI: 10.1007/JHEP04(2011)029