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The coming revolution in physics
Author(s): Ted Silverman
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Paper Abstract

The foundations of Relativity and Quantum theory are compromised by profound conceptual difficulties that have blocked unification of these 'twin pillars' of physical science and thus a fundamental understanding of gravity, light and physical phenomena generally. Current efforts to supersede these difficulties without directly addressing them, as exemplified by the approaches that go by the name of String Theory, are unlikely to lead to long term success. Moreover, it is found that quantization-of-action and Lorentz invariance are general, emergent properties of dynamical systems comprising periodic fluctuations in the underlying degrees of freedom. Therefore, mathematical models that "wire in" these attributes - instead of deriving them from the underlying model - do not furnish a theoretical foundation for their interpretation. With these considerations in view, a framework for a quantum theory of gravity and a new understanding of light is presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 81211O (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895962
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Ted Silverman, IIAS (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8121:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Andrei Yu. Khrennikov; Al F. Kracklauer, Editor(s)

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