WSM Paradoxes (from WSM group on Yahoo)

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WSM Paradoxes (from WSM group on Yahoo)

Postby RayTomes » 23 Jul 2011, 02:37

In the Yahoo WSM group, someone wrote:
The driving mechanism is the elasticity of space. As the in-wave approaches the wave-center it occupies a smaller and smaller volume. This stretches space (or think of it as a compression if you like since it's 3 dimensional.) Like with a spring, the wave energy can stretch it only so much before it rebounds and the wave goes back out."

To which I replied:

There is probably no limit to the stretchiness.

The energy does not come back out along the reverse path that it went in if this is being suggested. Rather, it carries on through. When people think of the waves arrival and departure, they invariably end up with the mystery of how the waves all converged on a point. They then abandon a correct idea for a bad reason. I think that Wheeler and Feynman stopped short of recognizing that an electron is a pure wave phenomenon with their advanced and retarded waves for this reason. The description of the incoming wave as an outgoing wave backwards through time is about as convoluted as you can get. Rather ...

It is better to think of the wave as an eigenstate solution to a standing wave in some potential well. Start from a musical instrument like a guitar or piano, that has a space in which waves can vibrate. There are solutions that fill the space with standing waves which have unique wave centres. There is no magic. It is the natural oscillation modes of space. Wikipedia calls eigenmodes "normal modes" and they apply equally to musical instruments, climate systems and the vibrations of space.

One thing that most WSM people do not understand is that such modes will form best in a container, or at least a potential well. Then the whole structure arises automatically. But where do the potential wells come from? My answer is they come from larger scale structures of a similar type. This leads to a quasi-fractal structure for the universe. Particles are most stable inside an atom, atoms inside larger bits of matter, ... inside moons, that form near planets, that form around stars, that form in galaxies. This whole structure has a predictable form in its preferred scale ratios. See

The behaviour of a particle at the centre may well be like this:

At any rate, it demonstrates clearly that under presently accepted laws of physics (Maxwell's wave equations) a WSM particle happily exists.
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