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KRONOS Vol IV, No. 4
TWO EXPERIMENTS INVOLVING GRAVITY AND ELECTROMAGNETISM
Copyright © 1979 by Immanuel Velikovsky
THE PENDULUM EXPERIMENT
"In contrast to electric and magnetic fields, the gravitational field exhibits a most remarkable property, which is of fundamental importance. . . . Bodies which are moving under the sole influence of a gravitational field receive an acceleration, which does not in the least depend either on the material or the physical state of the body" (Einstein).*
This law is supposed to hold with great accuracy. The velocity of the fall is generally explored with the help of a pendulum; it appears to us that a charged object may fall with a different velocity than a neutral object. This is generally denied. But the denial is based on the observation that there is no difference in the number of swings of a pendulum in a unit of time, in the case where a charged or neutral bob is used. This method may produce inaccurate results. In an accurate method the falling time and the time of ascent of the pendulum must be measured separately. In the case of a charged body, the increase in the velocity of descent of the pendulum may be accompanied by a decrease in the velocity of ascent or vice versa and thus the number of swings in a unit of time would remain the same for charged and non-charged bobs.
THE BENDING OF LIGHT EXPERIMENT
Is a beam of light deflected from a rectilinear path when traveling through an electromagnetic field?
The answer can be found in a laboratory experiment or by observation of starlight passing near Jupiter.
In the latter experiment, one needs to pay attention to the latitudes of the Jovian magnetic field that the light passes through (i.e., different effects, if any, should be expected from stellar light passing close to the magnetic equator of Jupiter or close to its magnetic poles).