Gyroscopic Paradox of Motion, Part II

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Scientific Paper
Title Gyroscopic Paradox of Motion, Part II
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Author(s) Stewart Ian Wells
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Published 2012
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 9
No. of pages 3
Pages 652-654

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Abstract

The cause of the several conundrums and paradoxes involving gyroscopic and centrifugal forces which were introduced in Part I are examined n greater detail in Part II. The merits of Newtonian Absolute Space are weighed against those of Machian Relative Space. Modification of a simple rotational device presents a more complex analytical challenge: its calculated conformance with local angular momentum conservation depends upon a basic assumption regarding the precise quantification of gyroscopic torque. Postulation of Machian interaction of the local system with distant matter to account for centrifugal and gyroscopic forces would require radical reassignment of components of the inertia tensor; any local discrepancy in angular momentum conservation would strongly indicate such interaction. An ?existence theorem' for this contingency is framed and examined, though it remains decidedly unproven. Another calculative paradox is introduced in this context. A hypothetical experimental procedure is described to settle the issue.