# TUTORIAL NOTE 1

These notes teach the mathematical basis of Aether Science theory

FIRST PRINCIPLES

Introducing Laws and Principles In physics it is usual for the student to be introduced to what are termed 'laws' or 'principles' as these are to be the basis on which one builds an understanding of the physical nature of the world around us and, indeed, what we see as the enveloping universe. Thus one is introduced to Newton's Law of Gravity, the Law of Conservation of Energy, Coulomb's Law, Newton's Third Law, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, the Principle of Equivalence, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and so on. We are expected to regard these laws as sacrosanct because we are assured that those who have pioneered to discover the secrets of Nature have never encountered circumstances which run counter to what they prescribe. Now, I expect you to question what I say in these tutorials, so I wonder if you are astute enough in your study of physics to see a flaw in what I have just stated. It may be that you have heard, though possibly not well understood, that Albert Einstein is renowned for discovering a new law, one formulated as E=Mc2, and for also introducing a new law of gravity to replace that of Isaac Newton. So, you see, as science advances laws can change. Concerning those 'principles', these grow from tentative hypotheses until they appear almost self-evident as being based on fundamental truth consistent with the logic by which we reason. The Law of Conservation of Energy is often referred to as the Principle of Energy Conservation and otherwise as the First Law of Thermodynamics. It is so firmly established that it has triple foothold in governing how we build our picture of the scientific world. We shall not question its authenticity. Indeed, all you need to accept is that one cannot take energy from nowhere and apply it to our needs, nor, indeed, can Nature create matter out of nothing, given that Nature is governed by her own laws. What you need then to ask yourself is: "What is energy?" Also, again if you are astute, you might ask the question: "What is nothing?" Is 'nothing' a way of saying 'space devoid of matter'? If so, then you are facing the question of the 'aether' and whether or not it exists, because the word 'aether' or 'ether', as used in this context, is merely a word we use to mean 'space devoid of matter'. Indeed, to quote dictionary definitions, the Concise Oxford Dictionary (a 1934 edition) that I have had since my school days describes the 'ether', in its physics connotation, as being the 'subtle elastic fluid permeating space and filling interstices between particles of air and other matter'. A Chambers Technical Dictionary (a 1958 edition) I have had for over 30 years has the entry 'ether or aether (Phys.): A hypothetical nonmaterial entity supposed to fill all space whether 'empty' or occupied by matter..., but it possesses no properties in common with matter.' By 1992 in its first publication as Chambers Pocket Dictionary one reads: 'ether (also aether): a substance formerly believed to fill all space, and to be responsible for transmtting light'. Is it not curious that a dictionary which is supposed only to tell you the meaning of specific words can reflect change in scientific opinion. The word still has the same meaning that it had in the 19th century, but between 1934 and 1958 it ceased to be 'a subtle elastic fluid that permeated space' and became 'a hypothetical non-material entity possessing no properties in common with matter'? Furthermore, between 1958 and 1992, it then ceased to be 'supposed to fill all space' and became a 'has been', something that had a fleeting existence in an earlier era when it was supposed to fill all space. That tells us that, whether or not there is an aether is not a question of fact, but a matter of opinion, as scientists tolerate it in their language only so long as they can influence what the word means. As a result the physics students of the 21st century are destined to live in a world of imaginary make-belief by thinking that the aether can have played no part in the creation of matter. Instead, they will learn that the universe emerged from nowhere, meaning from absolutely nothing, in an event billions of years ago which is termed the 'Big Bang'. Those who compile dictionaries can feel relieved at this, because a two-word

Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum as it applies in Newtonian theory, rather than simply needing to accept it as a basic fact we have had to learn by indoctrination. This, therefore, has been a lesson about principles and essentially about our scope for questioning physical laws. It is our starting point for addressing in the next tutorial lesson the question of linear momentum conservation and what that means in the context of 'perpetual motion', which keeps us on track in our interest in getting energy from 'nowhere'. However, we will address the task by using physics in a formal way, as the object of the exercise is to learn the scientific truths which govern us and avoid mischievous speculation. *

LESSON NO. 2
These lessons teach the physics that governs Aether Science theory

COLLISIONS
© Harold Aspden, 1997, 2002 Electric Particles in Action In Lesson No. 1 we discussed the principles governing the motion of a particle of mass m when acted upon by a force. In this Lesson No. 2 the same approach based on energy conservation will be applied to the collision of two particles. We are, however, going to complicate the problem by declaring that all particles of matter are, at the truly fundamental level, not just something having a mass we can denote as m and then proceed by using Newtonian principles. Instead, we shall see them in their true form as being minute particles of electric charge concentrated into a small volume of space so as to have an energy which we know governs their mass. Eventually we will need to explain how charge derives its polarity in terms of energy, space and time, in order to justify our master plan of reducing everything in fundamental physics to these three dimensions. However, we are obliged to proceed step by step and so we will accept that those fundamental charges each have the unitary charge e equal in magnitude to that of the electron. Indeed, I admit that I cannot, as yet, solve the riddle of charge polarity. It lies in unexplored territory and, apart from a few brief excursions into that territory, I see it as uncharted ground. Though electricity is everywhere in us and around us, just as is the aether, the question of what determines whether an electric charge is positive or negative and why like polarity charges repel and unlike polarity charges attract is a mystery. Note that I could say that the measure of energy density is the square of field strength, that the polarity of the charge is the direction of that field and that, since there are positive and negative square roots to a positive energy density expressed as the square of field strength, so there must be two polarities of opposite sign. If that level of explanation satisfies your curiosity then we can move on without concern but, if you share my thoughts, you would still wonder whether there is an oscillation mode at the universal Compton electron frequency and whether phase relationships are the governing factor. Indeed, I see that question of charge polarity as a challenge and possibly the final frontier of our conquest of physics. It surprises me that the subject is not even mentioned by physicists as something warranting research investigation. It seems that it is easier to explore what happened in the first moments of the 'Big Bang' than to look into what is happening within us and all around us here and now on Earth.

Each colliding pair will have a Coulomb potential ee'/x, if x is the distance between their charge centres at the moment they suffer the change of speed. That remains the same, whether the collision is about to occur or whether it has just occurred. The electrodynamic potential, according to our above formulation, will similarly need to remain the same under these circumstances, since energy is conserved, and so the square of relative velocity of the charges is unchanged as well. However, as you know from mathematics, the square of a negative quantity is the same as the square of its positive equivalent. This means that the event of collision can reverse the sign of the relative velocity as between the two colliding charges. What is here suggested is that two electrically neutral particles of matter can enter a collision and, given no loss of energy in the process, emerge from that collision with their relative velocities reversed. Yet the reason for this is their microscopic composition as an aggregation of numerous fundamental component electric particles, such as electrons and positively charged atomic nuclei. This proposition has been deduced by applying a force formula that we shall in turn derive from first principle analysis in Lesson No. 3. To proceed, the task at hand is to analyze in terms of mechanics the energy involved when two particles of different masses m, M come into collision at velocities of u, U, respectively and emerge from that collision at velocities v, V, respectively, assuming no loss of energy by radiation or otherwise. We proceed, basing our analysis solely on the energy conservation requirement and the reversal of the relative velocities in the collision. Write: U-u = v-V and rearrange to give: U+V = v+u Equate the combined kinetic energies of the two particles before and after the collision: mu2/2+MU2/2 = mv2/2+MV2/2 Now multiply throughout by 2, rearrange and factorize the terms to get: m(u-v)(u+v) = M(V-U)(V+U) Next, use the second equation to simplify the above expression and obtain: m(u-v) = M(V-U) Again rearrange: mu+MU = mv+MV The equation now obtained says that the combined linear momentum of the two particles before impact is equal to that of the particles after impact and so shows that momentum is conserved when two particles interact. In mechanics particle interaction is by contact and so, since rate of change of momentum is a measure of force, we can say that no net force is generated by particle interaction. In other words, if one part of a mechanical system acts on another part to set up forces between those parts, the action equals the reaction because the two forces must sum to zero. It follows that we have derived Newton's Third Law of Motion by applying first principles based solely on energy conservation and a law of force involving relative motion. Take note that the conservation of energy applies to the whole system and that the system is, in its microcosmic sub-structure, comprised of electric charges, as is the aether itself. Therefore, at all times, in applying Newton's Third Law of Motion, one must not be unduly surprised if anomalies are encountered because the aether itself has got into the act. Isaac Newton had no authority to rule out possible circumstances where, with energy conserved, the reaction of the aether intrudes into the picture

and asserts forces on matter. Indeed, it must if it is to shed energy that finds its way into the matter form as by creating protons and electrons. The starting point for determining what is possible and what is not possible concerning unbalanced forces is the conservation of energy without the help of Newton's Third Law of Motion. The territory where the force anomalies are to be found is that known as electrodynamics, which in turn gets us into the world of gravitation. So let us proceed by moving to Tutorial No. 3 and deriving that electrodynamic formula introduced above. *

TUTORIAL NOTE 3
These notes teach the mathematical basis of Aether Science theory

ELECTRODYNAMIC FORCE FORMULA
© Harold Aspden, 1997 En Route to the Neumann Potential After the Law of Conservation of Energy the next truly fundamental law is Coulomb's Law, by which the electrostatic potential energy of the interaction between two electric charges e, e' separated by a distance r is simply ee'/r. Note that here we are using a system of units in which the vacuum medium has a dielectric constant of unity as well as unit magnetic permeability and that when we come to use units for energy, space and time we shall use ergs, centimetres and seconds, meaning the Gaussian cgs system. Where space means a volume of space, the units used are cm3. Thus the electrostatic force acting between those two charges is ee'/r2 directed along the line joining the charges and, as potential energy tends to reduce, that force is one of repulsion if e and e' have the same polarity. This is, of course, extremely elementary, but it ceases to be so the moment we ask what happens should e and e' be in motion. Motion is a word which cannot be given meaning just by writing a number of cm/s. One needs to specify a direction and indicate the frame of reference. If there is an aether then that can give such a reference, but otherwise one is left in a quandary. Motion relative to the 'inertial frame' has no meaning because uniform motion does not 'see' that frame. Motion relative to the other charge does, however, have meaning and so we shall see how far we can get on that basis. Also, if we introduce c, the speed of light, then again we complicate the picture, but that cannot be avoided, as we now will discover. We proceed by assuming that the Coulomb interaction is instantaneous, meaning that the electric influence asserted at a remote point by charge e is not affected by retardation should e be moving relative to that point. So, however e and e' are moving, the Coulomb potential is unaffected by that motion, as such, but it is affected as a function of changing separation distance. Should the two charges be separating to increase r, then that energy potential is reduced and each charge, or at least the system as a whole, must, somehow, shed energy to the aether. It does that by radiation as a collective act involving both charges, because, simultaneously, the charges each experience the reaction effect of an energy quantum dE shed in directions that are opposed so that the Coulomb force ee'/r2 is offset by a radiation reaction force (1/c)dE/dt. Note that we are here accepting that energy radiation occurs at speed c. Note also that we are discussing what happens to the mutual energy of that two-charge interaction and not the self-interaction energy locked up in the individual charges. Energy shed to the aether has a way of regenerating itself as matter which adds mass to the system but it suffices here to consider those energy quanta dE. We see that 2dE is the net background energy component that accompanies the event under consideration. It is energy that has been borrowed from or added to the radiation field, disturbing the equilibrium from which it then seeks to recover. Somewhere in the electric field system that sets up the Coulomb force there is energy that has been shed to the background owing to the change of the separation distance r.

TUTORIAL NOTE 4
These notes teach the mathematical basis of Aether Science theory

NEUMANN POTENTIAL

Introduction Faraday, Ampere, Neumann, Gauss, Weber and Fechner are names one finds amongst the pioneers of early and mid-19th century electrical science. That was the period during which the empirical foundations of the electrodynamic interaction of currents in separate circuits were thoroughly established. Key to this work was a potential function which came to be known as the Neumann

potential. It can be expressed in various ways, for example as the energy potential expressed as the integral of two current circuit elements i.ds and i'.ds', presented in the form: ii'(ds.ds')/r where the (ds.ds') term is the scalar product of the two interacting circuit elements. If ds and ds' are segments of circuits separated by the distance r and mutually inclined by the angle A, then (ds.ds') is (ds)x(ds')x(cosA). Another way of expressing the potential is in the form that applies to two separate electric charges in motion: ee'(v.v')/rc2 where e, e' are the two electric charges and v, v' are their respective velocities, r being their separation distance. Now whereas the integral of that first Neumann potential expression, as a circuit integral, represents the mutual potential energy of an electrodynamic interaction involving a closed current circuit and is something that can be established empirically, the other elemental version cannot be proved experimentally because the electrodynamic interaction of two isolated charges in motion has not, as yet, been possible. Accordingly, the validity of the charged particle version has only been inferred from the closed circuit tests of the current circuit version. The issue is extremely important scientifically, because gravitation, if it is to yield to unification with electrodynamic force law, concerns action between discrete elements and not circuital systems. The task we confront, therefore, is that of determining from very first principles the true force law and the true electrodynamic potential that applies to the action between two discrete electric charges in motion. Even that is only part of the full solution to the gravitational problem, but it is an essential part. Now I do wish in these tutorials to adhere to proving the grounds on which I rely by building from first principles, but it helps in the presentation here to advance by using a hypothesis that is well documented in science history. To prove it I would need to show that when an electron is deemed to move from A to B it really is part of a team active in the aether owing to the induction at B of electron-positron pairs from 'nowhere'. The electron moves only half way from A to B as the positron moves from B to that half-way point. They meet and are annihilated to disappear into that 'nowhere' world of the aether. This leaves the electron at B ready to move on in such quantum steps. This is my interpretation of the actual physical process which is implicit in Fechner's hypothesis, a hypothesis advanced on empirical evidence even before the electron was discovered and long before the positron was discovered. Well, this does not amount to a 'proof', but you will see that it serves as an adequate foundation for our onward analysis. As to that materialization of electron-positron pairs from the vacuum, albeit thanks to there being some energy present, that is something physicists accept in spite of their disbelief in the existence of the aether. It is a feature of quantum electrodynamics. Fechner's hypothesis requires acceptance that the flow of electric current in a circuit element is really a counterflow of electric charge of opposite polarity. Thus a charge e moving at velocity v/2 and a charge -e moving at velocity -v/2 is equivalent to a single charge e moving at velocity v, so far as its electrodynamic effect or effect as an electric current are concerned. The notion of electrons and positrons was unheard of in the 19th century, but those who pioneered electrical science in the latter part of that century could, guided by the Fechner hypothesis, derive the Neumann potential from that formula we deduced in Tutorial No. 3. Consider two electric charges, e, -e having velocities v/2, -v/2, respectively at P distant r from Q and interacting with e', -e' having velocities v'/, -v'/2, respectively, at Q. Use that force formula involving the relative velocity V: F = ee'(V/c)2/2r2 and you should be able to show that the addition of the four force components set up by the particle interactions have velocity squared terms which cancel, but have cross product terms which sum to give a net force:

F = -(ee')(v.v')/rc2 This is a force and, if it were expressed as an energy potential by multiplying by r, it would be the Neumann potential duly derived by using the Fechner hypothesis. F is a force acting directly between the charges and directly proportional to their separation distance r, regardless of the relative disposition of those charges in relation to the separation vector r. Furthermore the force is always an attractive force whose strength is independent of the relative disposition of those charges in relation to the separation vector, if those charges move in mutually parallel directions. This, it is stressed, applies regardless of the angle between the separation vector r and those velocity vectors and this is extremely important in our quest to resolve the riddle of unification of gravity and electromagnetism. Our quest to develop that link with the force of gravity has got easier, since we now know that the requirement is a mutually parallel charge system at the very heart of the action accounting for the phenomenon of gravitation. Now, physicists had reached this position, but not appreciated it, well before the end of the 19th century but there was something they missed in their efforts to understand actions in real electric circuits. They were determined to adhere to that law of Newton which requires action and action to be equal and opposite. They had seen how the Neumann potential affected charge interaction and that seemed to work well provided they restricted attention to interactions involving a closed circuit, but they did not make that scientific leap across the gap that was then directly before them. They had, in fact, forgotten the reality of their problem, which is that two charges never, ever, exist in isolation from other charge unless they restrict their interactions to oscillations in modes that ensure their respective motions are mutually parallel. In the real world of electrical engineering and laboratory science tests on electricity the Neumann potential and its equivalent force formulation are strictly component forces of a partial system. Newton's Third Law of Motion need not apply to each and every pair of charges in such a case, meaning that other forces can be acting on the individual charges, as set up by the influence of other electric charge in motion in the environment. The reason is that energy is pooled as between the separate charge interactions. The sole governing requirement is that the energy of the Neumann potential is conserved overall in its deployment into and from the kinetic energy of the motion of the charges involved in setting up that potential. Now, I am going to try, in presenting these tutorials, to avoid reference to textbook back-up but I do mention at this stage that much of what I will be presenting is of convenient record in my book 'Physics Unified' which is available and can be ordered from booksellers or as indicated in the book and report section of these Web pages. At this point in developing the onward argument I shall be following fairly closely the text to be found on pp. 3-17 of that book, though some of that detail that adds considerable weight to what I say will be omitted here. Indeed, the points I am making are so simple that it really does not need such treatment. It is just that the task of getting scientists to wake up to the realities of where Einstein went wrong has proved to be such a struggle that proof and over-proof seemed warranted when I wrote 'Physics Unified' and its earlier version 'Physics without Einstein'.

The Electrodynamic Force
Merely by taking full account of the conservation of energy there are certain general aspects of the force which acts on a charged particle in motion that we can investigate. Referring to the figure below, imagine two electric particles q, Q of mass m, M moving at velocity v, V, respectively and subject to a mutual force F acting directly between them along their line of separation. Note that F is not the only force acting on the particles, because we will be taking into account inertial reaction forces and extraneous interaction effects owing to the presence of other charge in the near environment.

Consider next the energy deployment as charge Q moves under the action of the force F in the direction -r. This is depicted in the next figure:

Note that force is merely a manifestation of an effect which occurs as energy seeks to redeploy as a function of time and distance, taking into account the energy package wrapped up as 'mass' in the intrinsic state of the particle on which it acts. Now, key to the argument I am following here with regard to the above figure is the assumption that V is a velocity which, for some reason, is sustained at a constant value. Therefore, if the action is deemed to be purely electrodynamic in origin, we simply cannot have the charge Q moving at a constant velocity V solely under the action of the force F. The force F expends work at a rate expressed by the scalar product (F.V) and the energy has to go somewhere. We might expect V to change, but we are considering what happens if V does not change, namely the circumstance prevailing if there are energy transfer processes at work within the electrodynamic system itself. This implies the 'field', but I prefer to avoid use of that term in this analysis. The consequence of this, if we are to assure energy conservation, is that Nature must assert another force component on Q. We denote this as the force Z as shown in the next figure and write the energy conservation equation: (F.V) + (Z.V) = 0

We now take note that, whereas F acts through the centre of mass of the two-body system formed by q and Q, the force Z must assert a turning moment on Q about that centre of mass. Z cannot act through that mass centre because, if it did, then, to satisfy the above equation, it would merely cancel F completely and there would be no electrodynamic action to consider. Now, at this point I am going to declare that no material body in its completeness can develop a spin of its own accord, meaning by the agency of its own internally produced forces. It can develop a spin if, somehow, it can push in a rotational sense against something non-material, meaning the aether. I believe that is possible for reasons explained elsewhere in these Web pages (notably in my Lecture No. 5 where I discuss the creation of stars and planets), but that action is basically seated in the electrostatic displacement state in the vacuum medium and is not a function of what can be termed electrodynamic action. So far as the electrodynamic action is concerned there is no way in which that two-body charged particle system can develop spin, which means it cannot acquire angular momentum by virtue of its self-

interaction and the induction of forces such as that we term Z above. Remember also that I shall, as we proceed in these tutorials, be proving that gravitation is of electrodynamic origin. It is well established by experiments on the measurement of gyromagnetic properties in magnetized pivotally-mounted rods that when the direction of intrinsic ferromagnetism is reversed so the electrons in the atoms within that rod impart a rotational kick on the rod, the reason being that angular momentum is conserved. If the rod is seen to spin clockwise, the electrons spin unseen in the anticlockwise sense and this is detected by measurements which relate to the individual charge to mass ratios of those electrons. Now you know what I mean by the word 'completeness' as used above. That rod and those electrons within it must be considered together as a whole system. The rod may spin and lead you to think that a law of physics has been disproved, but angular momentum is still conserved because you need to take account of the change of angular motion of those electrons. Reverting to our problem of the two charges q, Q, to balance the turning action of Z, there has to be a third force component acting on Q in the above figure. This third force P is an extraneous force arising as the inertial reaction. As is usual with reaction phenomena, this reaction force is that associated with a maximization of the amount of energy transferred, corresponding to a minimization of the potential energy associated with the primary action. Thus, for optimum reaction involving maximum energy transfer as Q is displaced, the force P has to be in line with the velocity vector V.

The figure shows both charges with forces Z' and P' designated as the counterparts of Z and P that act on charge q. Now, to avoid any turning effect owing to the self-interaction of q and Q, the forces shown must combine to accelerate the two particles in the same direction and at the same linear rate. When formulated, this condition just deduced leads to: Z = (M/m)P' Z' = (m/M)P with Z parallel to P' and Z' parallel to P. In this analysis I have avoided discussing the change of kinetic energy associated with the forces P and P' acting in those directions v and V, respectively. Analysis on those lines is found in my book 'Physics without Einstein' [1969b] or in my Journal of the franklin Institute paper [1969a]. The result is the same as we find by proceeding from the equations already formulated. I did, on pp. 7-10 of my book 'Physics Unified' include an argument based essentially on symmetry considerations by which I derived the form of the Neumann Potential and so the force F. However, I later discovered how to prove the true origin of that force and it was published in Hadronic Journal. See reference [1988a] and note that a full copy of that paper is reproduced in my 1996 book 'Aether Science Papers'. For our purposes here it suffices to proceed by writing the force F attributable to the

Neumann Potential as: F = -K(v.V)r where: K = qQ/r3 and then, from the energy balance equation involving Z and F above derive: -K(v.V)(V.r) = (Z.V) = 0 From this: Z = K(V.r)v Conversely: Z' = -K(v.r)V Replacing Z' by (m/M)P then gives: P = -K(M/m)(v.r)V and, as a result, the total force acting on Q, which is F+Z+P, is: FQ = (qQ/r3)[(V.r)v - (M/m)(v.r)V -(v.V)r] This is the complete and general law of electrodynamics to which we have been led by straightforward analysis. It will form the basis of the unified theory by which we shall explain gravitation as an electrodynamic force. I may add here that some detailed background which refers to Clerk Maxwell's study of this same problem can be found in my Lecture No. 5 in these Web pages. That M/m term is interesting from the viewpoint of plasma experiments where there are anomalous interaction forces asserted between electrons and heavy ions. It is also of interest in connection with the prospect of extracting energy from the aether, which is the subject of the research findings of Dr. Correa and Alexandra Correa, as described in my Energy Science Report No. 8. However, from the viewpoint of gravity, the first two terms in that general law of electrodynamics cancel to leave only the last term. The first term, incidentally, when combined with the last term, gives the Lorentz force law. Remember here that you are taught to think that electromagnetic action on moving charge can only be at right angles to the charge motion. You ought to ask your teacher how the charge can lose or gain energy by transfer to the magnetic field if its reaction with that field prevents it from slowing down or speeding up. If Faraday's name is then mentioned or that of Lenz, then ask how that affects the form of the law of electrodynamics, which should stand on its own to explain the phenomenon of electrodynamic action. On the gravity theme, we shall soon see in these tutorials that the aether includes electric charges that share an organized synchronous motion on a universal scale and it also contains energy in the form of electric charges that migrate around at random. The organized system is in two parts which are dynamically balanced. Any matter present shares the motion of one part and, in spite of that motion, is effectively at rest in the electromagnetic frame of reference, because that 'part' of the aether constitutes that frame of reference. The other 'part' comprises charges that I term 'gravitons' because they are the seat of the gravitational action. They move relative to the electromagnetic reference frame and always share motion that is mutually parallel as between all the gravitons. They are held in place by powerful electrostatic forces which keep them in step with limited freedom of movement. They are not 'free' in the sense that their masses can affect electrodynamic interaction as opposed to dynamic balance in the permitted degree of freedom. In short, the first two terms in the general law of electrodynamics are ineffective and this leaves the force: F = -(qQ/r3)(v.V)r which establishes the form of law we seek for correspondence with Newton's law of gravitation. Note that the general form of the law of electrodynamics or the Lorentz version of that law, meaning the versions adding terms to the equation just presented, play no role in the theory of interactions between charges within atoms. Nor can they affect interaction between moving atoms (as opposed to ions). Those charges are not free to move solely under electrodynamic constraints. They are not akin to the effects of steady state current flow through electrical circuits, where electrostatic interactions are fully neutralized. The dominant forces in atomic systems are electrostatic in origin and the same applies to the

aether, except for that one type of interaction as between the gravitons in that half of the vacuum medium which provides dynamic balance for matter and the aether's related electromagnetic reference frame. If those gravitons can attract one another, that attraction is communicated to the matter they are balancing and we see that as gravitation. Gravitation is not an electrodynamic force acting directly on matter. Its effect is indirect and is communicated by the dynamic linkage with the graviton system. I must now conclude this tutorial. I set out to explain the Neumann Potential and the role it plays in determining the form of the law of electrodynamics. This is part of my plan to work towards that account of gravitation by which we shall evaluate G, the constant of gravity in terms of the electron's charge/mass ratio. However, I have gone just a little too far in opening the door to show how the aether performs on the gravity stage. We must halt that discussion now to examine in Tutorial No. 5 a traditional feature of the aether which concerns the speed of light. *