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The Faraday Principle

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Sunday, 26 March 1843

The Royal Society Demonstration

On the 26th March 1843 Sir Michael Faraday demonstrated his Partial Nullification of Gravity Principle to astonished and delighted members of the Royal Society.

Using a simple process of energising a metallic mesh material with a specific frequency of electro-magnetic radiation he was able to vary the weight of an object on a set of scales. The efficiency of the process, through the use of a galvanic moderator, could be ranged from none to a maximum of 23%. That is to say that 23% of the object weight was effectively removed.

Faraday explained that he had encountered the Phenomenon while investigating [Bad Link: Plugin Not Found], where certain materials demonstrate a weak repulsion to magnetic forces.

Mass and Inertia

Faraday was at pains to point out the effect was an external influence. That is to say, the object itself was not altered in any fashion. The object;s mass and hence it's inertia were not altered in any one, however it's attraction to the Earth (by which it's weight is measured) was removed. In effect a barrier was placed between the two objects.

Future Developments

While the equipment at his disposal was only able to nullify 23% of the available gravitic force he suggested that a nullification of 100% should be obtainable. Indeed that it may be possible to exceed that value and produce a repulsive effect though at this time that is mere speculation.

By his death in 1867 Faraday had managed to achieve an efficiency of 71% in his partial nullification of gravity, other researchers in the field were unable to do any better and it was concluded this was the maximum degree of nullification that could be achieved.