Foundations of Physics

, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 1683–1709

Local and global gravity

  • Philip D. Mannheim

DOI: 10.1007/BF02282129

Cite this article as:
Mannheim, P.D. Found Phys (1996) 26: 1683. doi:10.1007/BF02282129


Our long experience with Newtonian potentials has inured us to the view that gravity only produces local effects. In this paper we challenge this quite deeply ingrained notion and explicitly identify some intrinsically global gravitational effects. In particular we show that the global cosmological Hubble flow can actually modify the motions of stars and gas within individual galaxies, and even do so in a way which can apparently eliminate the need for galactic dark matter. Also we show that a classical light wave acquires an observable, global, pathdependent phase in traversing a gravitational field. Both of these effects serve to underscore the intrinsic difference between nonrelativistic and relativistic gravity.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip D. Mannheim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ConnecticutStorrs

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