On page 42 of the December 2018 Discover is an article on monopoles According to the Wikipedia article they are said to be hypothetical particles that have either a positive charge or a negative one. What I’m getting is a fundamental mal understanding of reality.
We already have such particles. One is known as the proton and it has a positive charge. The other is the electron, and it has a negative charge. The two are combined into atoms, which amount to what we can call dipoles.The atomic theory of matter doesn’t allow for monopoles at any scale greater than the sub-atomic. So long as an object is make up of atoms it will always be a dipole.
And that’s the problem with science, it will never be a matter of opinion.
It’s about damn time I started blogging again. I’m starting to feel better, and I’ve been pondering a few things.
One of these is the matter of quanta in physics (singular quantum) and what they imply. In physics a quantum is the very smallest thing that can be. Nothing can be any smaller. Funny thing is, I don’ see where the actual size of a quantum is dealt with, and you’d think that would be important. We’re not talking about anything abstract here, but rather the rather concrete.
So I’m taking a quantum as being the smallest volume of spacetime there can be. In the concrete that is, the abstract is another matter.
Now in standard physics quanta are supposed to be what lies beneath spacetime. I’m thinking that quanta is spacetime at it’s smallest dimension, and it is what each quantum can do and how the quanta interact that determines the basic structure of existence. That is a whole ‘nother post, so you get to wait for it.
Suffice it to say there is more to be said.
Even today more than a century after Einstein pointed it out, people are still arguing about what gravity is and how it works.
Now as I understand matters Einstein pointed out that mass bends spacetime. That is, spacetime is curved by mass. The result of this curvature we call gravity. Later workers had a look at the other forces and determined that they are also bends in spacetime, though not exactly like gravity. You get right down to it, what we call photons and gluons really amount to illusions. Illusions made possible by how we can perceive things.
In fact, I would say that the reality we see is an illusion, made possible by how we can see things. And how we see things shapes how we can understand them.
Another way to think of this is that what we see as atoms and sub-atomic particles really amount to blurs. Our vision, however we actualize it, just ain’t that sharp. Atoms are a blur. Electrons are a blur. Quarks are a blur and so on down the line.
And people persist in seeing this because the alternative scares them. Even scientists, for they want a science that reassures them and not one that challenges them.
So really, what we have are not forces, but rather interactions and there are nine of them. And we persist in seeing particles we don’t really need for we won’t accept that the bending of spacetime is all we need and not some imaginary thing.
What is reality? Spacetime fucking with itself. That’s how I see matters. And one day a scientist (most likely a physicist) will take a good, hard look at the matter and conclude that our existence is stranger than we think.
Subatomic particles that have never been seen aren’t quite like what some scientists predicted.
Source: Physicists Model Electrons in Unprecedented Detail — Spoiler Alert: They’re Round
I suspect that electrons are spheres because the sub-electron particles that make them up produce a blur that we can’t focus on at the moment. That is, we can’t get a sharp enough focus on the sub-electrons to distinguish them.