Posts Tagged ‘photoelectric’

4 Light

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The current model for the nature of light is one of those areas of modern physics where obfuscation is an integral part of the definition.

Light has the properties of a wave. It reflects and refracts. One of Newton’s arguments against the wave nature of light was that waves were known to bend around obstacles, while light travelled only in straight lines. This is the common observation that shadows are not entirely black.

Yet Newton’s contemporary Huygens[i] created wave theory in 1678 by (more…)