The accepted theory in modern science on what light is, is that it is a particle that is emitted from something and travels from one point to another point. This particle was coined the “photon” by physicist Gilbert Lewis in 1929. The photon though has had much controversy surrounding it, the physicist community has been split on the validity of the theory. Today I will be going over Tesla’s statements on light.
Nikola Tesla and James Clerk Maxwell two heavily influential individuals in the creation of the modern world as we know it today, argued against the notion of a photon. The theory of the photon was in its infancy while they were alive but they could tell quickly that it had some major flaws surrounding it. Here is a quote from Tesla:
“Light cannot be anything but a longitudinal disturbance in the ether involving alternating compressions and rarefactions, light can be nothing else but a sound wave in the ether”
Tesla is saying that light cannot be an emission of something(photon traveling from point a to point b) but is rather a wave of the ether. Tesla also stated in another quote that it’d be impossible for light to be an emission as a candle would be able to emit light at the same speed as the sun, which is way more powerful. Imagine me talking to you right now in person, I am not emitting anything from my mouth, I am creating a disturbance in the air that is between me and you, creating waves. It’s the same with your lightbulb, the lightbulb is “talking”. A wave does not travel, it is a disturbance of the medium it is in. A great analogy is think of someone standing out in the center of a pond flapping their arms in the water, the person flapping their arms is creating a disturbance in the water which creates waves. The water is the medium. With sound the medium is the air. With light the medium is the luminiferous ether. Tesla’s statements on light are very thought provoking and everyone who was deep into quantum mechanics and field theory should check them out for themselves.
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