Fortunately, the idea is fairly straightforward, and not so difficult to derive once given a few hints. It all can be summarized in a simple slogan describing gravity as the combined effect of three phenomena taking place at a sub-microscopic (quantum) level:
Holography + Equipartition + Unruh = Gravity
Or, slightly more subtle and arguably more accurate:
Holography + Equipartition = Hot Horizon = Gravity + Unruh
Is our world a hologram?
Three days have passed, and some interesting developments emerged.
Today a publication did get submitted to arXiv containing a derivation of gravitational acceleration exactly along the lines as I described in my blog on Monday. However, this paper was not submitted by Verlinde, but by Indian cosmologist and theoretical physicist Thanu Padmanabhan. Verlinde still seems to have refrained from publishing anything.
What is happening here?
Could this be a coincidence? A newspaper article announcing a not yet published scientific development, followed a few days later by someone else submitting a paper containing the very same announcement?
Well, this would not be the first time a new development in physics gets progressed (and submitted for publication) in parallel. In any case, the assumption that Professor Padmanabhan does not spend his weekend reading Dutch newspapers is unlikely to be wildly off. Also, Padmanabhan does not indicate that he got inspiration from my Monday blog: Certainly you won't find in his article a citation to any blog. ;)
More importantly, as was remarked by one of the commenters to my Monday blog, Padmanabhan had already published in this area, and seemed to be on the same track as Verlinde.
To be continued...