A History of the Aether in Physical Theory: Part V |

The State of Modern Physics: Relativity and Quantum Theory |

Quantum Theory

__The nature of light__:- Wave-particle duality: light as half photon and half transverse wave of emptiness

(a wave of a mediumless medium: the vacuum of space).

__The nature of matter__:- Wave-particle duality: matter as half particle and half probability wave
- Matter lacks a definite position and velocity in space and time (uncertainty

principle and statistical nature of measurement). - Matter (electrons) can interfere with themselves, like waves do (double-slit

experiment).

- 4 dimensions and beyond.
- Relativistic, not real, length contraction and time dilation.

- Matterless "forces" that act instantly over a distance through the vacuum (force of

gravity, and electromagnetic, weak and strong forces).

- "Fields" that are neither space nor matter but affect the latter (electromagnetic and

gravity).

- The universe began with a Big Bang, where all matter was infinitely condensed. The

universe is expanding.

- How can something be two things at one time?
- How can a wave, a disturbance of a medium, be a wave of emptiness?
- How can matter exist statically with no definite position in space or time?
- How can the length of an object depend on the observer?
- How can the duration of time depend on the observer?
- How can a particle interfere with itself?
- What exactly is a force?
- What exactly is a field?
- How can matter, which collides with itself, be infinitely condensed into a point of space?

- Who cares how you conceive of the physical phenomena as long as the math works.
- Math--the equations--not the physical world, are the reality!

The Conceptual Vacuum of Modern Physics would like to say "Shut Up and Calculate!" |