AlexL

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  1. The Theory of Elementary Waves

    Is there a forum where Dr. Little answers questions? Or does anyone here know Dr. Little and able to forward him questions? Alex
  2. The Theory of Elementary Waves

    I am not sure what you mean here. Let's consider a small region of space, at a given time. According to TEW, it is filled with elementary waves. Each has a finite, non-zero, energy. TEW postulates that for any possible direction there already exists a wave. But the number of possible directions is infinite. Therefore, at any given moment, the total energy of the waves in this region of space is infinite. Of course, the problem arises from the need for TEW to have pre-existing waves for each possible situation, and those are unlimited: all directions, all energies, all momentums, etc, etc., in any point, at any time. But nothing real can exist in an infinite quantity; possibilities, however, are not restricted by this requirement. Therefore, TEW's assumption that for any possible direction there already exists a wave, is untenable: it implies infinites: an infinite number of elementary waves, with infinite total energy, etc. Alex
  3. The Theory of Elementary Waves

    From the point of view of the total energy, this picture is substantially different: for a room to be lighted there is no need to have EM waves moving in all directions, while Little's theory does need to postulate waves moving in literally all directions. Alex
  4. Electron Motion

    From here: "The filmed sequence shows the energy distribution of the electron and is therefore not a film in the usual sense." Therefore, the film is not exactly about "an electron's rapid motion". As to the significance of this - it is not very straightforward. See here for an abstract. Alex
  5. JP About Ayn Rand: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid...icle%2FShowFull and about Yaron Brook's lectures in Israel: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid...icle%2FShowFull with a talkback comment by Harry Binswanger (#3)
  6. Sorry. Here they are again: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid...icle%2FShowFull http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid...icle%2FShowFull
  7. Free Will or Reality

    I am myself a very big fan of Einstein, Einstein - the physicist, because, being myself a physicist, I understand quite well how much he revolutionized this science. This, however, doesn't prevent me to be at the same time horrified by many of his political ideas and activities, and to choose to acknowledge both. As to the negativity of the Objectivist community towards Einstein (on non-political grounds), I was not aware of this. Alex
  8. Free Will or Reality

    I sympathize with what I perceive to be your basic stand: to defend an unjustly persecuted man by concentrating on his positive sides. But presently, Einstein is almost universally praised by his peers -- the professional physicists -- for his immense scientific accomplishments; as for the cranks - who cares? Under these circumstances, criticizing Einstein for his political opinions and acts, doesn't mean doing like what the words "beating him to death" would suggest. It also does not imply a denial of his scientific achievements. Concerning Einstein's essay "Why Socialism?", it is interesting to note how he forgets about the scientific standards of inquiry: He writes: You would now expect that Einstein, as a scientist, will continue by showing that a solution to these "difficult problems" exists, and only then conclude that Socialism is a worthy goal. But no, the above words are the last in his plea for Socialism. And, to my knowledge, he didn't return elsewhere to the subject of the "difficult problems"; this is a serious intellectual failure. It would be also be a mistake to believe that Einstein's essay has no impact any more: it is still actively used to promote Marxism and Socialism. It has been approvingly mentioned in articles dedicated to the recent 100th anniversary of the Special Relativity. Alex
  9. Free Will or Reality

    Stephen, there is another, less attractive, aspect of his passion for ideas: his support for Socialism, more exactly for the Communism of the Marxist type, Trotskyist sub-type, as expressed in his extraordinary 1949 essay Why Socialism?. The second part of this essay reads like a verbatim excerpt from a Soviet propaganda brochure (and I know what I am talking about ! ). Without being, apparently, an admirer of the Soviet regime, he played, nevertheless, on many occasions the role of the "useful idiot", by supporting with his name a number of organizations and campaigns which where masterminded or manipulated by the Soviet Communists. Are you aware of these facts and would you care to comment, on his essay in particular? Alex