Storrs, CT (PRWEB) May 21, 2009
The Natural Philosophy Alliance (NPA) will honor scientists during its 16th annual conference at a luncheon to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mathematics Building of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Award namesake Georges Sagnac, a contemporary of Einstein whose 'Sagnac Effect' challenges science to this day, symbolizes scientific efforts outside commonly accepted paradigms. As its first-ever recipients of the award, the NPA chose three octogenarians who have contributed significantly to endeavors outside mainstream science. Dr. Peter Graneau of Concord, Mass. for contributions in new energy and electrodynamics, Dr. Domina Eberle Spencer of Storrs for contributions in mathematical physics and relativity theory, and Alex Scarborough of LaGrange, Georgia for contributions in cosmology and earth science.
About the Natural Philosophy Alliance
The Natural Philosophy Alliance (NPA) was organized in 1993 by scientists pursuing alternatives to mainstream paradigms in physics. Through annual conferences and a network of dedicated individuals, the NPA promotes alternative sciences ranging from relativity theory, new energy and expanding earth models to physically-based quantum mechanics, gravity modification, non-"Big Bang" cosmologies and vortex models of matter. Though based in the US, the NPA maintains a worldwide scope, recognizing and encouraging many other alternative science organizations and individuals around the world. With a watchword of tolerance for new ideas, the NPA is part of an international community of thousands with widely varying ethnic, political and religious backgrounds and diverse opinions working together to resolve the challenging problems in physics today.
About the Sagnac Award
In honor of the many significant contributions to alternative science, the NPA will present its First Annual Sagnac Award in 2009 to three deserving scientists. Any individual whose lifetime work contributes substantially to science or technology outside the confines of mainstream paradigms could be eligible for the Sagnac Award, regardless of nationality or educational background. The award namesake, French physicist Georges Sagnac (1869-1926), was an associate of Nobelists Pierre and Marie Curie, Jean Perrin and Paul Langevin at the Sorbonne in Paris. Sagnac conducted experiments in 1913 demonstrating a net difference between light paths moving in opposite directions on a rotating platform. Many alternative scientists believe his 'Sagnac Effect' challenges the theories of Sagnac's contemporary, Albert Einstein. Yet in spite of its challenge and repeatability, Sagnac's experiment receives only passing mention, if any, in physics textbooks, and little is known about Sagnac himself. So just as Sagnac was not recognized for his major contributions, the Sagnac Award is intended to honor those unsung heroes making largely unrecognized, but significant contributions to science today.
About Domina Eberle Spencer
Domina Eberle Spencer, born in 1920, came to MIT as a high school student in a summer program and stayed on to earn three degrees, her SB in Physics in 1939, SM in Mathematics in 1940, and PhD in Mathematics in 1942. A Professor of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut for the last half century, she has also taught at American University, Tufts, and Brown University. During the 1950s, Spencer co-authored a series of articles with Prof. Parry Moon (1898-1988) on electrodynamics and induction based on Ampere's original force law, deriving results contrary to Einstein's theory of relativity. The Moon and Spencer duo united their efforts through marriage, and went on to write several textbooks in the 1960s, including their unique and useful Field Theory Handbooks. After Moon's death in 1988, semi-retired Spencer became very active in alternative physics. She co-founded the Natural Philosophy Alliance (NPA) in 1993 and remains the organization's president, having presented over 50 times at its annual meetings. At age 88, Spencer continues to develop her unique New Gaussian Electrodynamics, which operates without Einstein's relativity. In all, she has authored a staggering 300 technical articles during her long career.
About Dr. Peter Graneau
Peter Graneau was born March 21, 1921 in Lissau, Poland (in the German region) and earned both his BS (1955) and PhD (1962) from the University of Nottingham, England, where he still maintains his citizenship. Emigrating to the US in 1967, Graneau worked at Simplex Wire & Cable Co until F 1971, when he became a research scientist at M.I.T. In the early 1980s, Graneau's experiments with railguns led him to seek solutions based on Ampere's original force law as an alternative to the unsatisfactory solutions of conventional electrodynamics. In 1985 he moved to Northeastern University, where he conducted some of his most significant experiments before retiring in 1990. He proposed Amperian electrodynamics to explain longitudinal forces along the direction of current flow, and devised experiments to produce longitudinal explosions or arcs in water from these forces. Joined by his colleague and son Neal, Graneau has published dozens of articles and books demonstrating that Amperian action-at-a-distance mechanics explain many phenomena regarded as anomalies in mainstream science. Among the most interesting and incisive writers about the problems of contemporary physics today, their books include Newton versus Einstein (1993), Newtonian Electrodynamics (1996), and In the Grip of a Distant Universe (2006). The Graneau team numbers among the several dissidents who have produced convincing experimental evidence contradictory to the predictions of Maxwell-Lorentz-Einstein electrodynamic theory. The series of experiments on water arcing, detailed in Unlimited Renewable Solar Energy from Water (2006), has profound implications in the field of New Energy. In his retirement, he continues to co-edit Infinite Energy magazine.
About Alex Scarborough
Georgia native Alexander "Alex" A. Scarborough, born May 15, 1923, earned BS degrees in Chemistry from the University of Georgia (1944) and in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech (1949). His career in Industrial Research and Development involved developing numerous patents and products, such as his durable double-density, washable Walk-Off mat, which spawned a multi-billion dollar international industry. In the 1960s, Scarborough began exploring the origin of gas, oil and coal in the earth, concluding a deep-earth source other than fossils. His revolutionary concepts of the earth's interior led to his theory of expanding earth based on the expansion of matter via internal nucleosynthesis (E=mc2). From this concept, he also developed his LB/FLINE (Little Bangs / Five Laws of Planetary Motion-Internal Nucleosynthesis-Evolution) model, an alternative to mainstream's "Big Bang" that explains the unique spacing of our solar system's planets. His energy series books have undergone ten editions, the first in 1973 and latest in 2008: Origins of Universal Systems.