Global and Local Gauge Symmetry: Part II (Gravitation, Section B)



“Local gauge symmetry currents” are forces that maintain the local invariance of universal constants, charges, and other conserved parameters (such as causality and the “Interval”) despite the hostile environment of a variable gravitational (or inertial) metric, relative rather than absolute motion, entropy, partial charges, etc. These compensatory forces are due to the activity of the field vectors of the four forces, which not only act (in the long term) to return these asymmetric material systems to their original symmetric state (light), but also act (in the short term) to protect and maintain the invariant values of their symmetry debts (charges), while awaiting a final repayment via antimatter annihilation, proton decay, the “quantum radiance” of black holes, or a universal “Big Crunch”. Gravity pays the entropy-“interest” on the symmetry debt of matter by creating matter’s time dimension via the annihilation of space, providing a historical domain within which charge conservation can have durable significance, and the repayment of symmetry debts can be indefinitely deferred. Gravitation eventually also pays the energy-“principle” on matter’s symmetry debt, converting bound energy to free energy in stars and via Hawking’s “quantum radiance” of black holes, completely vanishing mass and its associated gravitational field.

Global and Local Gauge Symmetries: Part II (Gravitation)(Section B)

John A. Gowan
(Revised April, 2011)
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Related Papers:

Global-Local Gauge Symmetries and the “Tetrahedron Model” (part 1)
Global-Local Gauge Symmetries in Gravitation (part 2)
Global-Local Gauge Symmetries in the Weak Force (part 3)
Global-Local Gauge Symmetries and the “Tetrahedron Model” (part 4)
Global-Local Gauge Symmetries and the “Tetrahedron Model” (part 5)

Table of Contents:

Global and Local Gauge Symmetries: Gravitation, Section B

Massless light is non-local, atemporal, and acausal; massive matter is local, temporal, and causal.
“c” is a global constant gauging a global metric; “G” is a global constant gauging a local metric.

Einstein discovered that gravitational fields slow clocks and shrink meter sticks, as does relative motion of any kind, breaking the global metric symmetry of spacetime. These local effects are caused by relative motions – either our motion through spacetime, or spacetime’s motion through us (gravitation). These relative motions of matter require (or cause) compensatory adjustments in the local spacetime metric (“local gauge symmetry currents”), which are necessary to protect and conserve the invariant values of various conserved material charges, including the metric parameters “velocity c”, the “Interval”, and causality. Hence we find the “Lorentz Invariance” of Special Relatively, in which “moving clocks run slow” and meter sticks shrink in the direction of motion, and similar effects due to gravitation in General Relativity. Time and space can vary, as Einstein realized, but only if both vary together in such a way as to maintain the value of the electromagnetic energy gauge “c”, and the ability of the metric as as a whole to conserve energy.

Thus in spite of the fact that the metrics of gravitational spacetime vary continuously with distance from the center of the field’s source, or from one planet or star to another, “velocity c” remains constant wherever it is measured. The same is true for relative motions of any kind: clocks may slow and meter sticks may shrink, but causality and the measured value of velocity c remains invariant – independent of the relative motion (whether linear or accelerated) of source or observer.

Since we are making the assumption that the field vectors of the forces are all in effect “local gauge symmetry currents”, converting global symmetries into local symmetries (and vice versa), we must allow the field vectors to inform us regarding the activity and conservation role of the force in question. In the case of gravitation, the field vector or “graviton” is time or spacetime, the activity is the conversion of space into time (and vice versa), and the conservation role is extremely broad, encompassing the conservation of energy, entropy, symmetry, and causality. In the context of the “global vs local gauge symmetry” paradigm, the conservation role of gravitation is most generally characterized as the conversion of the symmetric global, spatial metric, whose only energy form is light, to an asymmetric, local spacetime metric which accommodates the conservation requirements of both light and matter (free and bound electromagnetic energy).

The purpose of a dimensional metric is energy conservation, and gravitation acts to convert the energy-conserving symmetric global metric of space and light to the energy-conserving asymmetric local metric of spacetime, light, and matter. This is essentially the conversion of a global Newtonian metric consisting of an invariant space and time, to an Einsteinian local metric consisting of an invariant electromagnetic constant “c”, with co-varying space and time (Minkowski spacetime). The key local interaction is the Lorentz transformation or “Lorentz Invariance”, in which space and time co-vary in such a way (“moving clocks run slow and meter sticks shrink in the direction of motion”) that regardless of relative motions or variable gravitational fields, velocity c remains an invariant universal constant, conserving causality, the “Interval”, and the value of the various charges and symmetry debts of matter. This is part of the basic energy conservation role of gravity, which must include the creation of bound energy’s historical entropy drive. The gravitational force will, in addition, eventually fulfill and complete its symmetry conservation role via the conversion of bound to free energy in stars and through Hawking’s “quantum radiance” of black holes.

In the gravitational force, co-varying time and space are the analogs of light’s co-varying electric and magnetic fields, the local gauge symmetry “current” or force. Time is implicitly resident in the spacetime metric, just as magnetism is implicitly resident in light’s electromagnetic field.


The graviton is the presumed field vector of gravitation, the local symmetry current exchanged between all massive particles (via its effect upon the spacetime metric). The graviton is actually a form of time or spacetime. A graviton is a quantum unit of time or temporal entropy. All massive objects have a “location” charge, whose active principle is time, and as the time charge exits space (at right angles to all three spatial dimensions, marching off into history), time pulls the spatial dimensions along behind it, causing them to annihilate each other at the point-like entrance to the one-way time line, leaving a temporal residue which is the metric equivalent of the collapsed space. This new temporal residue likewise moves off down the time line into history, pulling more space behind it, repeating the endless, self-feeding entropic cycle. A gravitational field is the spatial consequence of the intrinsic motion of time. (See: “A Description of Gravity“; and see:“The Conversion of Space to Time”.)


The invariant, global magnitude of “big G”, the gauge of gravity’s “location” charge, must be maintained because of the intimate connection between time and energy conservation (entropy, causality, the Interval, relative motion, etc.). Hence both c and G must be universal and invariant metric gauge constants. Nevertheless, time can vary locally if space co-varies, a combination which maintains the constant value of c, the “Interval”, and causality. Time can vary locally only within the framework of a global metric structure which as a whole remains capable of conserving energy. Charge invariance – including the “Lorentz Invariance” of Special and General Relativity – is the key to understanding the local forces and the local action of the field vectors (local “gauge symmetry currents”). The local, relative motions of matter require local compensatory forces to maintain and protect the invariant, global parameters of charge, including the “Interval”, causality, and the electromagnetic constant, “c”.

We see a hierarchy of global-local gauge symmetries, with the global “multiverse” at the top, existing purely in terms of creative potential, with all the various possible universes as the local gauge expressions of the next lower (derivative) level. Our universe is one such local choice among these (infinite?) possibilities, whose physical laws and constants (by chance alone) favor the evolution of our life form (the “Anthropic Principle”). (Within our own universe, however, the evolution of life is not due to simple chance, but to the operation of a 4×3 General Systems or fractal algorithm. See: “Nature’s Fractal Pathway“.) At the multiverse level, the energy type, dimensional parameters, and physical constants of our universe are but the local gauge parameters of a specific (electromagnetic) choice or realization, perhaps among an infinitude of possible universes. I would guess that the only restriction upon the physical parameters of any universe is that: 1) it requires no net energy (or charge) to create; 2) it must be capable of conserving such energy as it does contain; 3) it must be able to break its initial symmety condition; 4) it must be able to return to its symmetric origins.

Within our electromagnetic, 4-D universe, the electromagnetic constant c is the dominant global energy gauge, regulating spacetime and its perfectly symmetric metric, with massless, non-local light as the perfectly symmetric energy form. Next below light, c, and the symmetric (inertial) spacetime metric, is matter and gravity, both derived from light and light’s spatial metric. “G” is a global gauge but defines a local metric, which is characterized and “warped” by asymmetric time. The gravitational charge recognizes all particles only in terms of their mass, the broadest category among material particles, matter or antimatter. Next below the gravitational “location” charge (in terms of generality) is the electric charge, recognizing the equivalency of all electrically charged particles. The weak “identity” charge follows, recognizing four subcategories of number or “identity” charge (lepton and baryon “number” charges); finally at the bottom, we find the narrowest category, the strong force charge recognizing only the global category of color charge (all quarks are equivalent with respect to color charge, regardless of other charges they may bear).

This same hierarchy is like a set of nested Russian dolls with respect to the physical volumes of space within their domains. At the top, we have the multiverse of infinite potentiality and n-dimensional conservation domains; next, our 4-D unbounded universe of light, followed by our gravitationally bounded universe, and the gravitational boundaries of galaxies, stellar systems, stars, and planets; below planets is the electrical domain of crystals and organic molecular systems and forms, and atomic electron shells; below the atomic level is the realm of the two nuclear forces, the weak force at the level of elementary particles (creation, destruction, decay, and transformation), followed by a final (?) layer of the sub-elementary quarks, permanently confined by the color charges of the strong force. Biological (living) systems, depending upon how one defines them, fit somewhere below stellar systems (space-faring species) and above crystals (bacteria, virus).

At every level, from the “Big Crunch” to the Sun, stars, and Hawking’s “quantum radiance” of black holes, to the matter-antimatter annihilations of particle-antiparticle pairs, or particle and proton decay, the system of interwoven and nested global and local symmetries drives toward a single goal: the return of bound to free energy, the transformation of matter to light, as required by the symmetry conservation mandate of “Noether’s Theorem”.

A diagrammatic representation of the global-local gauge symmetry structure of natural law and the physical forces can be seen in: “The Tetrahedron Model“. A comparison of the “Tetrahedron Model” vs the “Standard Model” of physics is also available.

A Hierarchy of Gravitational Conservation Roles and Domains

    1) Gravitational Realms: Single Systems (planets and stars)

      A) Entropy-only Conservation Domains: (the gravitational creation of time via the gravitational conversion of space to time) (atoms –> planets):

        Atoms – time (“half-life”) – radioactivity, particle, and proton decay (gravity provides the time dimension within which all forms of charge conservation can have an historical significance – another example of the connection between gravity and symmetry conservation);
        Spherical shapes created by symmetric gravitational forces (large composite objects); large asteroids, satellites, moons, planetismals;
        Planetary life zone – biological information domain (atmosphere, liquid water, magnetic field, all necessary?); (time is necessary for biological evolution);
        Planets (various sizes, approximately Earth to (?) Jupiter-sized planets);
        Brown dwarfs (“failed” stars: ~13 – 80 Jupiter masses; limited fusion of deuterium and lithium).

      B) Entropy-plus-Symmetry Conservation Domains: (the gravitational creation of space and light via the conversion of bound to free energy – simultaneously with the gravitational conversion of space to time: nuclear fusion reactions (the nucleosynthetic pathway) repaying the entropy and symmetry debts of matter) (stars):

        Sun and Stars – various types and sizes (above 80 Jupiter masses up to ~ 100 (?) solar masses); stellar “generations” (first generation stars may be (much?) more massive);
        Nucleosynthetic pathway (creation of heavy elements);
        Novas and supernovas (creation and dispersal of heavy elements);
        White Dwarfs – electron shell collapse; electron “gas” (condensed matter series begins);
        Neutron stars – pulsars and magnetars;
        Black Holes: small (primordial); large (stellar); giant (galactic):

          “Quantum Radiance” – Hawking (total conversion of mass to light and final gravitational repayment of matter’s entropy and symmetry debts);
          Proton Decay – probably common at central “singularity” of black holes (black holes therefore probably consist only of gravitationally bound light).

    2) Gravitational Realms: Complex Orbital Systems (Stellar Systems and Galaxies)

      C) mixed entropy, symmetry, and neutral domains (stable orbits are gravitationally neutral domains) (orbital pairs –> Universe):

        Orbital motions (moons, satellites, asteroids, comets, etc.);
        Stellar Systems (planetary systems with a central star or stars);
        Binary stars, and simple multiple orbital systems;
        Globular Clusters;
        Galaxies and galactic structures (disc, central bulge, halo, globular clusters, giant molecular clouds, stellar nurseries, spiral arms, central giant black hole, etc.);
        Galaxy types: spirals, barred spirals, ellipticals, irregulars, dwarf, etc. (small – large; primitive – evolved);
        Quasars (and “active” galaxies);
        Galaxy clusters, giant central galaxies, satellite galaxies, interactive galaxy pairs, colliding galaxies, etc.;
        Giant galactic “walls” and “voids”; galactic superclusters; “foam-like” mega-structure of Cosmos.

    3) Cosmic Scale: Creation, Destruction, Fate of Universe

      D) Creation of light, spacetime, and matter (from multiverse?); creation of energy/entropy conservation domains of space and historic spacetime:

        Deceleration of cosmic expansion (due to gravitational annihilation of space);
        Acceleration (rebound) of cosmic expansion (due to gravitational annihilation of mass and vanishing of associated gravitational fields);
        Creation of Universe: “Big Bang” (via compensating negative gravitational energy: net energy = 0);
        Destruction of Universe: “Big Crunch” (net entropy = 0) (return to multiverse?).

Return to Section A


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  2. Gravity, Entropy, and Thermodynamics: Part I
  3. The Conversion of Space to Time by Gravity
  4. The “Tetrahedron Model” vs the “Standard Model” of Physics: A Comparison
  5. Postscript to: Spiritual and Scientific Principles of the Cosmic Tetrahedron Model
  6. Spiritual and Scientific Principles of the “Tetrahedron Model”
  7. A General Systems Approach to the Unified Field Theory – Part 4 (General Systems Discussion)
  8. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory: Part 3 of 3
  9. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory (a “Theory of Everything”) – Part 2
  10. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory: Part 2 of 3
  11. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory: Part 2
  12. The Particle Table
  13. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory (Part 1 of 3)
  14. An Introduction to the Papers (Unified Field Theory)
  15. Proton Decay and the “Heat Death” of the Cosmos
  16. Proton Decay and the “Heat Death” of the Cosmos
  17. The Origin of Matter and Information
  18. Introduction to the Higgs Boson Papers
  19. Higgs Table: Unified Force Eras of the “Big Bang”
  20. The Higgs Boson and the Weak Force IVBs: Parts II -IV
  21. The Higgs Boson vs the Spacetime Metric
  22. The Weak Force: Identity or Number Charge
  23. Introduction to The Weak Force
  24. A Description of Gravitation
  25. Introduction to Gravitation
  26. Introduction to The Weak Force
  27. The Weak Force: Identity or Number Charge
  28. A Spacetime map of the Universe: Implications for Cosmology
  29. Negentropic Information
  30. Synopsis of the ‘Tetrahedron Model’
  31. Time and Entropy
  32. Noether`s Theorem and Einstein’s “Interval”
  33. The Intrinsic Motions of Matter
  34. Light and Matter – a Synopsis
  35. A Short Course in the Unified Field Theory
  36. The Information Pathway
  37. Sect. VI: Introduction to Information
  38. Introduction to Fractals
  39. Introduction to General Systems, Complex Systems
  40. A Rationale for Gravitation
  41. About Gravity
  42. Gravity, Entropy, and Thermodynamics: Part 2
  43. A Description of Gravitation
  44. Spatial vs Temporal Entropy
  45. Introduction to Entropy
  46. The Human Connection
  47. Global-Local Gauge Symmetries and the “Tetrahedron Model” Part I: Postscript
  48. Global and Local Gauge Symmetry in the “Tetrahedron Model”: Part I
  49. Global and Local Gauge Symmetries: Part IV
  50. Global and Local Gauge Symmetries: Part V
  51. Global-Local Gauge Symmetry: Part III: The Weak Force
  52. Global and Local Gauge Symmetries: Part II (Gravitation, Section A)
  53. Global and Local Gauge Symmetry: Part II (Gravitation, Section B)
  54. The Origin of Matter and Information
  55. Gravity, Entropy, and Thermodynamics: Part I
  56. The Conversion of Space to Time
  57. The Short-Range or “Particle” Forces
  58. The Time Train
  59. Extending Einstein’s Equivalence Principle: Symmetry Conservation
  60. Introduction to Gravitation
  61. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory: Part I
  62. The Higgs Boson vs the Spacetime Metric
  63. de Broglie Matter Waves and the Evolution of Consciousness
  64. Nature’s Fractal Pathway
  65. Teilhard de Chardin – Prophet of the Information Age
  66. The Double Conservation Role of Gravity
  67. The Higgs Boson and the Weak Force IVBs: Parts II -IV
  68. Higgs Table: Unified Force Eras of the “Big Bang”
  69. The Higgs Boson and the Weak Force IVBs
  70. Introduction to the Higgs Boson Papers
  71. The Strong Force: Two Expressions
  72. Table of Forces and Energy States
  73. The Origin of Space and Time
  74. “Inflation” and the “Big Crunch”
  75. The “W” Intermediate Vector Boson and the Weak Force Mechanism
  76. The Weak Force Mechanism and the “W” IVB (Intermediate Vector Boson):
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  78. The Traveling Twins Paradox
  79. Currents of Entropy and Symmetry
  80. The Half-Life of Proton Decay
  81. Spiritual and Scientific Principles of the “Tetrahedron Model”
  82. An Introduction to the Papers (Unified Field Theory)
  83. The “Spacetime Map” as a Model of Juan Maldacena’s 5-Dimensional Holographic Universe
  84. The “Tetrahedron Model” in the Context of a Complete Conservation Cycle
  85. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory: Part 3 (Summary)
  86. Symmetry Principles of the Unified Field Theory: Part 2
  87. General Systems “Hourglass” or “Grail” Diagrams
  89. The “Tetrahedron Model” vs the “Standard Model” of Physics: A Comparison
  90. “Dark Energy”: Does Light Create a Gravitational Field?
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  92. Man’s Role in Nature
  93. Origin of Life: Newton, Darwin, and the Abundance of Life in the Universe