Abstract

A vector theory of gravity with substratum is proposed, which reproduces all the empirically verified linear and nonlinear predictions of Einstein's gravitational field equations, but unlike Einstein's theory, it does not lead to the unphysical singularities and causality-violating solutions permitting travel back in time. In the proposed alternative theory, a substratum or ether is the cause of all relativistic effects, and for this reason is assumed to obey a nonrelativistic equation of motion, an assumption which allows the substratum to consist of densely packed positive and negative Planck mass particles. A substratum of this kind can produce the vacuum fluctuations, needed to be in agreement with the empirical evidence, but avoids the paradox of infinite gravitationl forces, predicted by a divergent zero point energy, the only one possible under the strict adherence to the kinematic interpretation of special relativity.