Here is Joe Weber in his lab as I remember him

My personal feeling is that the false positives were from the deuteron accelerator next door.  Or some other power spike from experiments in nearby labs.  I was looking at that accelerator because it was for sale.  I thought it could be used to make directed and precisely timed gravitational signals to excite the modes in any gravitational sensor. The response characteristics of the Weber bar are very very precise.  The timings and sensitivity clear. So it is just a matter of shaping and directing pulses.

When he told me about his piezoelectric sensors I knew they were not good enough for what he wanted to do, and he was looking for signals at the wrong frequencies.  His particular image, though, or 3D waves from his cylinder as a gravitational source locked in my mind forever.  It was a clear vision that is achievable.  But first, just a Weber bar – hanging, rotating and bobbling – used as a reference source for calibrating low cost, high sampling rate gravimeters. Then when the sensitivity is higher, to show the density waves and their associated gravitational potential changes and acceleration field.  But by then the relation to magnetic and electric fields will be sorted out, and we won’t call them gravitational fields any more.

He was not wrong, just needed better tools.  The media should be ashamed of themselves. Maybe in a hundred years it will be better.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/remembering-joseph-weber-controversial-pioneer-gravitational-waves

Richard K Collins

About: Richard K Collins

Director, The Internet Foundation Studying formation and optimized collaboration of global communities. Applying the Internet to solve global problems and build sustainable communities. Internet policies, standards and best practices. Consulting and advising organizations of all sizes. Not for profit. When you get down to it, all these papers on the Internet and published, were originally just letters between friends and people of similar interest. Current projects: Best practices for all Internet sites, and for global communities using the Internet. Improving model and data flows, establishing end-to-end lossless and open channels. Particularly for global scale issues such as "covid", "global climate change", "online education", "solar system colonization", "research", "development", and "learning". Education and Interests: Gravitational sensors, sensor networks, modeling and simulation of all things, encouraging development of a gravitational engineering industry, calibrating new gravitational sensors.


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