There are at least two reasons why the wave-particle theory of light is not a scientific theory. The first is that it is not scientifically testable, the second is that it requires an instantaneous transfer across the whole universe of the information regarding the annihilation of each and every photon in what if anyone thinks about it is scientific gibberish.
This is something that I started about 30 years ago. Put simply it is just an easier way to explain the behaviour of light which is not only compatible with the experimental data, but more importantly – it makes sense and is scientifically testable.
This first article is just to outline the issue with the current wave particle theory which to recap, in the classical theory of light, it is said to take two different forms:
- A particle
- An electron-magnetic wave
From which it has become known as the “wave-particle” duality. But in science there is a simple requirement and that is that any theory must be disprovable.
So, let us perform a thought experiment. If we get wave like properties does this disprove this theory? Obviously not. However, if however, we repeat the same experiment and this time we get particle like properties, does this disprove the theory? No! That is because the theory says it can be a wave and it can be a particle – but it doesn’t say when it will behave like either. Nor does it say it must always behave like one or the other. So, it can almost arbitrarily appear as a wave or a particle or just appear as one – but because it never predicts when it is a wave or when a particle there is really nothing that can be disproven.
To show how unscientific this wave-particle theory is, let me propose a new version of the theory. This I will call the wave-particle-bullshit theory. This theory, says that light might behave like a wave, like a particle or like bullshit. I don’t know of any instance where light does behave like Bullshit, but using the same “rules” of the wave-particle theory, I don’t have to know when it behaves like bullshit. So, under what circumstances can I prove the wave-particle-bullshit theory incorrect? Just like the wave-particle theory, because I don’t specify when the light appears as bullshit, even if it never appears as bullshit, it can never be disproven – because failing to appear as bullshit just means we have to wait a bit longer.
So, the wave-particl-bullshit theory, like the wave particle theory is scientifically untestable.
The second problem is that if light travels as a probability wave for a long time, the wave front will spread out over greater and greater distances. Then at some point when it interacts with one speck of matter the whole wave is suppose to collapse in an instant into one point. So, in effect, the probability wave might travel hundreds of millions of miles in an instant. Not only does this break the rule about the limit of the speed of light – but it also makes no sense at all as the probability wave has to instantly know how to get to a very small area of space around an atom.