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A Force Weaker Than Gravity?

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Just thinking aloud a question that’s been ringing in my head recently. Gravity is the weakest force that we know of. In flapping its tiny wings, a fly easily overcomes the gravitational pull of this gigantic earth that we inhabit. A massive airplane can carry hundreds of people on board as it cruises the skies.

But what is it that makes gravity so weak? I think the secret lies in the gravitational constant. What if there’s a force out there whose constant(s) make it so weak that we just haven’t experienced its direct effects yet? A force weaker than gravity?

Could the Higgs field be a candidate for what I’m thinking about?

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Written by Firas MR

September 1, 2009 at 2:50 pm

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  1. I was thinking the same thing this very day, and I found this topic by entering “weaker than gravity” in google .. Scientists always talk about 4 forces, but what if there is a 5th force that is even weaker and longer ranged than gravity? Pherhaps this could explain the rotation of galaxies? Or pherhaps the acceleration of the universe? Very interesting.. I’m thinking the effect we explain with dark matter may actually be a fifth force?🙂 I never liked the concept of explaining away inconsistencies with invisible dark matter anyway, hehe.

    Christian Petersen

    September 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    • Thanks for dropping by Christian! Yes indeed, what you say is truly interesting.

      Firas MR

      September 29, 2009 at 10:05 am


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