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Something About Tom Bridgman


Stephen J. Crothers

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W. T. "Tom" Bridgman claims to be an astronomer, who owns and maintains a website where he, as a Defender of the Realm, with its black holes, big bangs, and dark forces, disparages and ridicules people he sees as enemies of his version of astronomy and astrophysics.

Here is Bridgman's brief description of himself:

W.T."Tom" Bridgman
Maryland, United States
I obtained my doctorate in physics and astronomy in 1994. I currently work in scientific data visualization for the media and public outreach.

Now Bridgman has demonstrated a proclivity to dishonesty in that he censors from his webpages arguments and comments which he does not like. Even though he owns and maintains the said website, he invites scientific discussion, and so gives all and sundry the real expectation that scientific arguments will not be suppressed in any way by him. But it seems he frequently withholds that which he finds embarassing for himself and the Standard Modellers.

Bridgman has taken it upon himself to attack me and my work, and with that aim he has posted to his website a rather pathetic set of comments, which can be found here:


I prepared a reply to Bridgman and posted a link to it on his webpage, on 11th June 2009, but he did not allow my post to appear*. So here now is my response to Bridgman:


It is clear from his comments that Bridgman understands nothing of my work, and that he is a rather ignorant fellow in general. You will see from my reply to Bridgman that I provide him with a short recipe by which he can attempt to destroy my arguments, and have invited him to make the attempt. This is a recipe I have given to many a black holer and big banger who have expressed dislike of my work, but with no takers. All Bridgman has to do is prove the following:

1) That the quantity r appearing in the so-called 'Schwarzschild solution' is NOT the inverse square root of the Gaussian curvature of the spherically symmetric geodesic surface in the spatial section;
2) That Einstein's 'Principle of Equivalence' and his 'laws' of Special Relativity can manifest in a spacetime that by construction contains no matter;
3) That Einstein's pseudo-tensor is NOT a meaningless concoction of mathematical symbols;
4) That my identification of the radial geodesic in the spatial section is erroneous.

Bridgman, who claims a PhD in physics and astronomy, has admitted that until he read my papers he was entirely ignorant of the fact that the so-called 'Schwarzschild solution' is not even Schwarzschild's solution. I remark that Schwarzschild's actual solution forbids black holes !

It is also clear from Bridgman's comments that he is entirely ignorant of what r in the so-called 'Schwarzschild solution' actually denotes: but this he has in common with all black holers and big bangers. The irrefutable geometric fact that the said r is not even a distance, let alone a radial one, in the so-called 'Schwarzschild solution', completely invalidates all claims that General Relativity 'predicts' black holes.

* On 16 June 2009, Bridgman posted on his website my responses to him. This was after he received my reply to him (which I had emailed to him directly), wherein I mentioned that he had withheld my replies from his website.

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