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Constantinos Ragazas: on 3/14/11 at 0:27am UTC, wrote Dear Pierre, I found your essay interesting and thought provoking....

Peter Jackson: on 3/1/11 at 10:59am UTC, wrote Pierre I found your essay wonderfully refreshing and sensible. It follows...

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CATEGORY: Is Reality Digital or Analog? Essay Contest (2010-2011) [back]
TOPIC: Establishing Light As a Wave by Pierre Jean-Daniel Loty [refresh]
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Author Pierre Loty wrote on Jan. 19, 2011 @ 15:48 GMT
Essay Abstract

Debates surrounding the nature of light are hardly settled. This work takes the issue to a multidisciplinary level in order to derive benefits from different yet relevant fields of study. The nature of light is wave. Light is interpreted as particle. Once the problematic hypothesis of an Intelligent Designer is allowed in, the answer flows trivially.


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John Merryman wrote on Jan. 20, 2011 @ 03:36 GMT

Have you ever heard of Carver Mead?

He makes a similar argument and it is one I find interesting and useful.

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Steve Dufourny wrote on Jan. 20, 2011 @ 10:41 GMT
Hello dear Pierre Loty,

Nice to know you.I am happy to see scientists from Africa.

I congratulate you for your essay, it's a beautiful perception of our universe and its creations of evolution, of spherization.We see indeed the universality in your extrapolations, it's so important.

I see you studied in Cameroon.You can see on XING the group Africa united.Moderated by Kleber Biboum and its moderators.They are supers and their hearts is true and sincere.

I know some people there and everywhere in Africa.


The speed of resolution will be increased of course if people works together for the well of our fellow man.

That's why I hope I will create the International Humanistic Sciences Center Named UNIFIED SPHERE soon.

A real scientific base of adapted productions can solve many problems.

The water, the food, the health,the education, the prosperity in first priority.

I have invented several models about ecology, as a sphere of composting, naturals filters for water,argilo humic complexs optimized,vegetal multiplication optimization,a technic global for the paludism,models of ecosystems improved,new photovoltaic cells, solar systems with mirrors and pression and volumes, ....the sciences at my humble opinion must act in a global point of vue of harmonization.

I wish you all the best in the contest and in your works.



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Author Pierre Loty wrote on Jan. 21, 2011 @ 15:11 GMT

I really agree with Maid when he says from a practice-oriented scientist viewpoint that waves better explain natural phenomena than particles do. He views the electron as a wave-matter when he says the electron is its own conduit.

However, that simultaneity of properties is not simpler in essence. I be-lieve we could better understand distinct notions in the first place, with the possibility of mixing concepts intentionally in the second place.

In this line of reasoning, I would say the electron is a particle needing a conduit to flow. The example of the wave forming itself in the tennis ball’s trail shows that basically, waves come about when conditions are perturbed, as the milieu forces itself back into equilibrium. Concerning the wave and the electrons, I would say the attraction forcing the elec-tron in a given direction creates some disorder, be it an electrical disord-er or whatsoever. As the electron moves ahead, the preceding milieu it perturbed comes back into order and so forth, thus the wave. The wave could propagate forward without being reproduced and we wouldn’t get a current. But since scores of electrons are in motion, the wave effect is continuous, thus the current. So waves just pop up when conditions causing a particle to move are rebalancing.

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Author Pierre Loty wrote on Jan. 21, 2011 @ 15:31 GMT
Steve Dufourny

Thank you for appreciating the universality or fundamentality in my article.

I am happy to see how diverse the issues you tackle are. Of special inter-est are the environment-relevant devices and models you mentioned. The need is great to raise awareness concerning our growing responsibil-ity as we get stronger on planet earth.

Africa is to play an important role in this regard because much of what stuff we need to keep in check is found in Africa. So a real futuristic de-velopment model is potentially feasible in such unaltered areas.

I am happy to see that there are many African scientists here and I ap-preciate the precious work spearheaded by Kleber Biboum and others.

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Steve Dufourny replied on Jan. 22, 2011 @ 23:28 GMT
Hi dear Pierre Loty,

You are welcome, with pleasure.

Thank you also,indeed this responsability is so important, the good governance is the sister of the prosperity in an universal point of vue.

I beleive strongly in the potential of ecology.The CH4 like a future evidence and so on .

What I think very important is the mass of our ecosystems and its interactions.We must increase it.Everywhere in fact.

Indeed a real future model, universal is an evidence for our future if I can say.The nature has so many secrets , at this moment we loose our ecosystems.

The composting at big scale is a solution if the vegetal multiplication, the rational growth and interactions between animals and veg.are optimized with a optimized soil like a argilo humic complex and adds in correlations with some parameters of evolution and interactions.

After we utilise correctly the matetr ,C and N and we apply an exponential, which will permit to solve others weak ecosystems.

This technic is essential for a real stability of our global ecosystems.

After x times we have an optimized ecosystem with its productions of restabilization.(CH4,plants, fruits, meds,compost,food.....)

All in fact is purelly complementary.

Best regards and good luck in this contest.


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Author Pierre Loty wrote on Jan. 31, 2011 @ 17:27 GMT
I have read a number of posts pointing to the impossibilities inherent to an analog model of the universe. They emphasize that lengths are not made up of infinitely small points. It seems impossible to explain in analog terms how an object can make a very small step.

It is noteworthy that if the notion of point is adimensional, the notion of step, length or distance actually belongs to dimension 1. As soon as we reach a plane it becomes problematic; how to define the distance between say, a circle and a rectangle? The distance usually is not derived from the various distances between any point in the circle and any point in the rectangle. A preferred distance between two specific points from the two sets of points would be admitted. The problem is even more complicated in dimension three. Thus, distances hardly measure in 3-dimensional terms. We cannot therefore expect a concept barely surviving dimension 1 to explain the richer reality of object motion in dimension 3.

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Peter Jackson wrote on Mar. 1, 2011 @ 10:59 GMT

I found your essay wonderfully refreshing and sensible. It follows my own views which derive the particulate 'symmetry breaking' of light waves as effective the mechanism for change. My essay explains how this implements inertial frame transitions so is at the very heart of physics. I hope you may read mine (carefully!) and see the logic, that we might exchange the scores we deserve?, and possibly explore parallels. Do contact me on the email given, or if you follow the link to a couple of my papers referred under my essay it provides more logical support for your thesis.

Best wishes


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Constantinos Ragazas wrote on Mar. 14, 2011 @ 00:27 GMT
Dear Pierre,

I found your essay interesting and thought provoking. Certainly there continues to be much darkness about light. And the darkness divides thoughtful men into two opposing sides: wave vs. particle.

I tend to favor the continuous nature of Nature. My essay is premised on that. Using this view I have mathematically derived Planck's Law without needing energy quanta and have shown that this Law is actually a mathematical tautology that describes the interaction of measurement. I argue this is the real reason why the experimental blackbody spectrum is indistinguishable from the theoretical.

Furthermore, just two days ago I posted a result which you will find very significant. In this very short paper I give a mathematical proof of the proposition, “If the speed of light is constant, then light is a wave”.

I am striving to get these results before the 'panel' for a thorough review. I ask for your support in this effort as I am on the cusp of making it or not making it to the final round.

All the best with all your endeavors,


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