The Falsification of Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation

The philosophy is simply to apply the Scientific Method to Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation.

Scientific Method

Scientific method is a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. The Oxford English Dictionary says that scientific method is: “a method or procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.”

Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation

Newton’s law of universal gravitation states that every point mass in the universe attracts every other point mass with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.

(Separately it was shown that large spherically symmetrical masses attract and are attracted as if all their mass were concentrated at their centers.)

This is a general physical law derived from empirical observations by what Newton called induction.

It is a part of classical mechanics and was formulated in Newton’s work Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (“the Principia”), first published on 5 July 1687.

(When Newton’s book was presented in 1686 to the Royal Society, Robert Hooke made a claim that Newton had obtained the inverse square law from him.)

In modern language, the law states the following:

Every point mass attracts every single other point mass by a force pointing along the line intersecting both points. The force is proportional to the product of the two masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them:

F is the force between the masses,
G is the gravitational constant,
m1 is the first mass,
m2 is the second mass, and
r is the distance between the centers of the masses.

The Falsification of Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation

The falsification is well documented.

Though in 1932, Jan Hendrik Oort was the first to report measurements that the stars in the Solar neighborhood moved faster than expected when a mass distribution based upon the visible matter was assumed, this measurement was later determined to be essentially erroneous.

A few years later, Horace Babcock reported in his PhD thesis measurements of the rotation curve for Andromeda which suggested that the mass-to-luminosity ratio increases radially. He, however, attributed it to either absorption of light within the galaxy or modified dynamics in the outer portions of the spiral and not to any form of missing matter.

In 1959, Louise Volders demonstrated that spiral galaxy M33 does not spin as expected according to Keplerian dynamics.

Following this, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Vera Rubin, a young astronomer at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution of Washington presented findings based on a new sensitive spectrograph that could measure the velocity curve of edge-on spiral galaxies to a greater degree of accuracy than had ever before been achieved. Together with fellow staff-member Kent Ford, Rubin announced at a 1975 meeting of the American Astronomical Society the discovery that most stars in spiral galaxies orbit at roughly the same speed, which implied that their mass densities were uniform well beyond the location with most of the stars (the galactic bulge), a result independently found in 1978. Rubin presented her results in an influential paper in 1980. These results suggest that either Newtonian gravity does not apply universally or that, conservatively, upwards of 50% of the mass of galaxies was contained in the relatively dark galactic halo. Met with skepticism, Rubin insisted that the observations were correct.

Based on Newtonian mechanics and assuming, as was originally thought, that most of the mass of the galaxy had to be in the galactic bulge near the center, matter (such as stars and gas) in the disk portion of a spiral should orbit the center of the galaxy similar to the way in which planets in the solar system orbit the sun, i.e. where the average orbital speed of an object at a specified distance away from the majority of the mass distribution would decrease inversely with the square root of the radius of the orbit.

Observations of the rotation curve of spirals, however, do not bear this out. Rather, the curves do not decrease in the expected inverse square root relationship but are “flat”, i.e. outside of the central bulge the speed is nearly a constant.

Rotation curve of a typical spiral galaxy: predicted (A) and observed (B).

Sadly, the scientific establishment deviated from the Scientific Method by refusing to accept the [repeated] falsification of a Newton’s [sacrosanct] Law of Universal Gravitation. Instead, the scientific establishment preferred to keep its Newtonian belief system intact by accepting the mathematical invention of Dark Matter.

Dark matter came to the attention of astrophysicists due to discrepancies between the mass of large astronomical objects determined from their gravitational effects, and the mass calculated from the “luminous matter” they contain; such as stars, gas and dust. It was first postulated by Jan Oort in 1932 to account for the orbital velocities of stars in the Milky Way and Fritz Zwicky in 1933 to account for evidence of “missing mass” in the orbital velocities of galaxies in clusters. Subsequently, other observations have indicated the presence of dark matter in the universe, including the rotational speeds of galaxies, gravitational lensing of background objects by galaxy clusters such as the Bullet Cluster, and the temperature distribution of hot gas in galaxies and clusters of galaxies.

Returning to the Scientific Method simply requires letting “reality speak for itself”.

The chief characteristic which distinguishes a scientific method of inquiry from other methods of acquiring knowledge is that scientists seek to let reality speak for itself, supporting a theory when a theory’s predictions are confirmed and challenging a theory when its predictions prove false.

The reality of Spiral Galaxies speaks loud and clear.

Image credit: Wikipedia


The phenomenon that is called Gravity simply reflects vortex pressure.

The dynamics of a Forced [Rotational or Rigid-body] Vortex provides the rationale [and mathematics] for the “Inverse Square Law” of gravitation.

Pressure in a vortex
The fluid motion in a vortex creates a dynamic pressure (in addition to any hydrostatic pressure) that is lowest in the core region, closest to the axis, and increases as one moves away from from it, in accordance with Bernoulli’s Principle. One can say that it is the gradient of this pressure that forces the fluid to curve around the axis.

In a rigid-body vortex flow of a fluid with constant density, the dynamic pressure is proportional to the square of the distance r from the axis. In a constant gravity field, the free surface of the liquid, if present, is a concave paraboloid.

In an irrotational vortex flow with constant fluid density and cylindrical symmetry, the dynamic pressure varies like P∞ − K/r2, where P∞ is the limiting pressure infinitely far from the axis. This formula provides another constraint for the extent of the core, since the pressure cannot be negative. The free surface (if present) dips sharply near the axis line, with depth inversely proportional to r2.

Supporting Observation

The Oort constants are empirically derived parameters that characterize the shearing motion and vorticity of the Milky Way galaxy.

The Oort constants (discovered by Jan Oort) A and B are empirically derived parameters that characterize the local rotational properties of our galaxy, the Milky Way, in the following manner:

where V_0 and R_0 are the rotational velocity and distance to the Galactic center, respectively, measured at the position of the Sun. As derived below, they depend only on the motions and positions of stars in the solar neighborhood.

As of 1997, the most accurate values of these constants are A = 14.82 ± 0.84 km s−1 kpc−1 and B = -12.37 ± 0.64 km s−1 kpc−1.

From the Oort constants, it is possible to determine the orbital properties of the Sun, such as the orbital velocity and period, and infer local properties of the Galactic disk, such as the mass density and how the rotational velocity changes as a function of radius from the Galactic center.
The Oort constants can greatly enlighten one as to how the Galaxy rotates.
As one can see A and B are both functions of the Sun’s orbital velocity as well as the first derivative of the Sun’s velocity.
As a result,
A describes the shearing motion in the disk surrounding the Sun, while
B describes the angular momentum gradient in the solar neighborhood, also referred to as vorticity.

Solar System - Rankine Vortex


Geocentric Rankine Vortex - Outer Ring


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The philosophical and practical problems associated with Newtonian Gravity are simply stunning:

1) Newtonian Gravity has no mechanism and relies upon a magical action at a distance.

2) Newtonian Gravity somehow travels “instantaneously” throughout the universe.

3) Newtonian Gravity travelling at infinite speed implies the associated mass is a source of infinite energy.

4) Newtonian Gravity produces a force that intelligently adjusts itself so that all objects are uniformly accelerated regardless of their mass.

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5) Newtonian Gravity fails to provide a viable explanation for the three-body problem presented by the Sun-Moon-Earth at New Moon.

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6) Newtonian Gravity fails to provide a viable explanation for the horseshoe orbit of Asteroid 2010 SO16.

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7) Newtonian Gravity is falsified unless 84.5% of the total matter in the universe is composed of a hypothetical form of invisible Fairy Dust called Dark Matter.

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For more information see: The Clockwork Universe

13 Responses to The Falsification of Newton’s Universal Law of Gravitation

  1. DirkH says:

    Looking for something that doesn’t exist (Dark Matter) is a great career choice because you never have to find it.

    Black Holes also seem to fall within that job description.

    • david smith says:

      Brilliant. Fell off chair laughing. How ironic, how true. Wish you well and look out for a book that dispels dark matter, and tells a lot of other things which will be explained and will give answers to questions that not answered by present errm supposed theories.
      Give me an e-mail in about 6 weeks time.

    • Steven Douglas says:

      I think that “mantle plumes” fall into the same category of “invoke something deep, dark, exotic, spooky, and unfalsifiable”.

  2. mpc755 says:

    Aether has mass and physically occupies three dimensional space.

    There is no such thing as non-baryonic dark matter anchored to matter.

    Matter moves through and displaces the aehter.

    The Milky Way’s halo is not dark matter traveling along with the matter the Milky Way consists of.

    The Milky Way’s halo is the state of displacement of the aether.

    The Milky Way’s halo is curved spacetime.

    What is referred to geometrically as curved spacetime is the state of displacement of the aether.

    Displaced aether pushing back and exerting inward pressure toward matter is gravity.

    The state of displacement of the aether *is* gravity.

  3. Ashley Law says:

    No Dark Matter No Black Holes No Big Bang or any of the current 4 big bangs No comets of dirty Ice and Snow – “Gravity is not enough” Richard Feynman 1983 – Our Sun is not thermo-nuclear powered it is Electric – The Universe is Electric – we are electric !

    • A. D. HALL says:

      Ashley’s Law: We are electric! I happen to agree. Anthony Peratt’s work shows rotational dynamics of galaxies. As Colin notes below – please evaluate Coulomb’s law.

  4. Colin Wells says:

    Your ideas are very exciting to me….as a layman trying to grasp the concepts it is quite a challenge, but, I will spend all the time necessary to gain insight. Can you please evaluate Coulomb’s law as it relates to gravitational or vortex analysis? Thank you. C. Wells

  5. Bob Enyart says:

    Can I be rude here guys? Nasa says that the big bang theory is confirmed by fulfillment of its three big predictions. So, no big deal that over at Real Science Radio we have an article disputing that. But what is a big deal, is that if you Google: big bang predictions, out of a million pages they think are relevant, Google ranks our article (at as #1. 🙂 And another of our articles ranks around #3 out of millions for Googling: evidence against the big bang. In our articles, we discuss dark matter and the velocity of spirals. 🙂 (Oh, the rude part was plugging our articles on your blog.)

  6. E.Thies says:

    it’s sad that a person with such poor understanding of basic physics is trying to de-bunk physics. First of all, Newton’s law of gravity is considered “classical mechanics”. Modern physics (any physics after 1904ish, think “theory of relativity”) explains much of what is shown as “evidence” that Newtonian gravity doesn’t work. I’ll try a brief, line by-line response to the “Update.

    1) look up the “graviton”. Or field physics, not magic, just fields.

    2) Nope, not true, “gravity” travels at the speed of light, like waves in other fields as well.

    3) see #2

    4) Um, nothing mystical about it. Check out newtons second law. F=ma. It’s a proportionality,

    5) I’m not sure what you think is disagreeable. Newton’s theories may have been juvenile, as it pertains to astronomy, but his law of gravity does not disagree with the information provided in the noted article. The moon DOES orbit the sun, as does the earth. Since they have a similar orbital distance, they have a similar orbital speed (in agreement with Keppler and Newton), and due to their proximity, are also able to orbit each other… Not sure the disconnect.

    6) True? But many orbits, such as mercury’s orbit, aren’t explained with classical mechanics, they require relativity to be explained. Look at the measurements taken in the early 1900’s to disprove Einstein, which ended up supporting his ideas. Since then, physicists have acknowledge that Newtonian Mechanics is limited to non-relativistic situations. So…

    7) Not Fairy Dust, you sardonic fool. Dark matter, simply mater which isn’t hot enough to emit measurable EM radiation. Also, relativity… Also, stars aren’t fixed in the arms of a galaxy. Galaxy arms are more like a pressure wave moving through a cloud of stars, so not governed by newton’s ideas about point particles… So… not applicable. Even if Dark Mater is dubious, this argument has nothing to do with Newton.

  7. Henry C. says:

    the solution to the missing mass problem has been discovered but shall be unveiled shortly.

  8. Yehiel Gotkis says:

    I am glad I found this paper, which cleared my mind. Please look through this my notes and if possible comment on it

    Black holes to pull-in the spacetime – Is it possible? Well, it looks like it is…

    Liquid vortex (LV) sheds light on the black holes (BHs) essentials.

    Gravity-driven liquid vortex – a generic analog of a cosmic black hole. Here is a few exciting things we can learn from it? Part 4 – Summarizing the most important points.

    Vortices could be found everywhere around us. Assuming different kinds of vortices possess common generics, we can get an insight in understanding the hardly observable ones, for instance BHs, by observing the easily observable ones, like LVs. Exploring LVs, also allows to run the observations with reasonable resources, in reasonable time, under variety of conditions and to observe the developments beneath the funnel bottom, which, in reference to the BHs, can be considered as an analog of the BH bottom.
    The LV I’ve observed was arranged to confine its developments in the thin surface layer thus making it to act as a two-dimensional one. The collection of LV videos could be accessed at YouTube under my name Yehiel Gotkis ( Please slow down the video rate as much as you can to see more details.
    Analysis of the observations leads to a shocking grasp questioning even the widely-adopted views on dark matter and dark energy.
    Observations, analysis, interpretations and conclusions.
    · The LV was emitting double-spiral waves known to carry momentum and associated kinetic energy transferable to other objects. The double spiral generation was induced by the spinning bottom asymmetry shaped as a distorted digit 8. The fact that generation of propagating away waves was caused by the spinning vortex asymmetry, in reference to the BH case, means that spinning BHs, being of even slightly asymmetric geometry, should generate/re-emit a part of the acquired mass/energy, as gravitational waves, back into the space. Which, in cosmic timescale, should make a significant amount of it, meaning that the Universe should be filled with energetic gravitational ripples. As the ocean surface ripples.
    · Also, the spinning double spiral wave profile, while swelling from the LV center, should oscillate, and it indeed does, which at some observation angles looks like wobbling (check, for example, “Liquid vortex upper double spiral wave generation” video \, providing a simple suggestion on interpretation of the Quasi Periodic Oscillation (QPO) phenomenon.
    · The LV observed was naturally pulling-in the water and whatsoever floating over it. In relation to the BHs, the upper water surface could be thought to be associated with the spacetime and the floating stuff – with the regular matter. So, for the spacetime/matter duo, as for the water/floating stuff,
    The spacetime and the matter are inherently engaged with each other.
    This engagement could be guessed of causing effects analogous to hydrodynamic drag and friction – gravitational drag and friction in BH case. Within the frame of this rationale (abbreviated as BHSSR, Black Hole Sucking Spacetime Rationale),
    The BHs are to be thought of pulling-in not only the matter but also the spacetime, whirling around the BH as liquid whirls around the LV.
    Intriguingly, the BHSSR allows to interpret the galaxy rotation curves anomaly and the Universe accelerated expansion with no necessity of introducing the two famous but still challenging to prove hypotheses:
    Existence of the dark matter
    As per the BHSSR, the pulled-in by the BH whirling spacetime, as a spinning elastic thin film, can modify the radial and angular distributions of the shear stress and the actual force defining the (regular) mass rotational velocity. Which will depend on the spacetime media “fluidity” in the same way as it depends on the water fluidity for the LV. Obviously, the spacetime “deformation” depending on the BH activity, may extend far beyond the disc of the observable regular mass and appear as an external halo influencing the galactic dynamics.
    Existence of the dark energy
    As per the BHSSR, at the galactic periphery, where the pulling-in force is diminished, the keeping on centrifugal force, induced by the spinning spacetime, accelerates the stars away from the galaxy center.
    · Another important LV occurrence is associated with the development of a galaxy-like spiral shape when a handful of shredded dry leaves was spread over the vortex area (video at
    The deep significance of this development stirred my mind and I would like to share it here:
    The floating leaves were arranging in a galaxy-like shape – what could drive the disarranged flock of intellectless dry leaves to organize themselves in a spiral shape? With the knowledge acquired about the LV, the answer is clear to me now…
    It is the water whirling around the LV, managing the floating stuff to form the spiral shape – it would not have formed spiraling if not governed by the whirling waters. This important deduction leads to an unambiguous conclusion: if in a system A made of non-continuous media a spiral structure is revealed, it must be postulated that there is an adjoined system B made of continuous media or containing a continuous media component (continuous media is essential for developing a vortex and an associated whirling activity). With relation to the galaxies, the only component to be considered as being continuous is the spacetime, which, being actuated by the BH vortex to whirlingly spin around and pulled into the BH, acts as the adjoined system B. So,
    The BH vortex actuates the spacetime to whirlingly spin around and flow into it, and the whirling spacetime, in its turn, directs the galactic regular matter to arrange itself in a spiral shape
    This concept provides explanations for numerous cosmic phenomena.
    And at the end I would like once again to emphasize on the spacetime/matter relations:
    The matter and the spacetime are adhered to each other as an inseparably engaged duo: where the spacetime there the matter. And vice versa.
    If for LV and BH vortices a number of conceptual features were found consistent it would be odd not to consider these vortices to be correlated, in general,
    This is it. Thank you for your attention

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  10. emescohenry says:

    The newtonian law of gravity is actualy a special case of a general law of gravity. His law applies only to certain elementary particles of nature.The general law itself has unveiled so many mysteries about nature and at the same time explains that gravity in essence is a MONSTER

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