Monthly Archives: May 2011

Round-electron challenge to mainstream physics

At last the cautious BBC voices physicists’ majority view that Gravity is not explained by the “Standard Model” of physics (Pallab Ghosh 25 May 2011) – meaning ‘gravitons’ are unreal –  in an  offhand comment on the electron-is-round story. Modern … Continue reading

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The Cat and EPR Paradoxes

Schrödinger’s equation is at the heart of physics, John Barrow tells us in his introduction to Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science, then adds that Schrödinger’s Cat is an “apparent paradox”. But his section on “that darned … Continue reading

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Challenge to fans of QM ‘photons’

Describing light as ‘photons’ is of course just a model; QM is just a series of calculation procedures (algorithms), Schrödinger’s “Cat” paradox showed it to be self-contradictory, which remains unresolved, though fans of QM indulge in semantics (‘apparent’ paradox – … Continue reading

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Light as Waves versus Quantum Mechanics of Photons

Three challenges to fans of QM ‘photons’ ** Afshar’s 2-slit experiment: shows light ‘photons’ propagate as waves – discrete signals are created by the detection process (photo-electric effect) ** Down-conversion in crystals: the rainbow from a laser beam passing through … Continue reading

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NS mission to rescue ‘spooky action at a distance’

New Scientist on a mission to rescue Quantum Theory from ‘spooky action at a distance’ The Editorial eulogy to quantum theory (22 January 2011) appeared to mark a reversal of previous sceptical and critical approaches, as eg. in reporting Afshar’s version … Continue reading

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Quantum Theory as Physics’ “most successful”

Letter for publication in New Scientist – re. Editorial                                       – ‘don’t fear the f-word’,   Max Wallis, 22 January challenging a myth that Quantum Theory is “most successful” To call quantum theory our “most successful model of the … Continue reading

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