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The Universe might Consist of Fragments of Energy, not Waves or Particles

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Physicists Larry M. Silverberg and Jeffrey Eischen have recently proposed a new theory which states that matter in the Universe is composed not of particles and waves, but rather of fragments of energy.

Modern science understands particles and waves as polar opposites. “A particle is a source of matter that exists at a single point, and waves exist everywhere except at the points that create them,” Silverberg explained.

According to the physics duo, what connects both phenomena at a more fundamental level is the idea that energy always “flows” through regions of space and time.

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“Think of energy as made up of lines that fill up a region of space and time, flowing into and out of that region, never beginning, never ending and never crossing one another.”

Even though, mathematically, there were lots of robust contenders, Silverberg and Eischen chose a concentration (or fragments) of energy as the building block. Such fragments have the properties of both particles and waves, with the highest concentration of energy at the centre, which dissipates as it moves further away.

Once the authors came up with a description of the new building block that fit their definition of flow, it was time to give the theory a spin and see if it’s any help in solving actual physics problems.

While standard physics work perfectly fine in most cases, things often become much trickier when it comes to the very large and the very small scale.

If the Universe is made up of matter, then what makes up matter itself? According to a new model, matter could be comprised of fragments of energy. Image: Felix Mittermeier via pxhere.com, CC0 Public Domain

To see if their theory is up to snuff, Silverberg and Eischen chose the two legendary problems solved by Einstein 100 years ago to validate general relativity – the slight shift in Mercury’s orbit, and the minuscule bending of light as it passes the Sun.

Modelling the celestial bodies as fragments of energy, the authors were stunned to find that the answers they got were identical to those predicted by the theory of general relativity.

“Our initial work demonstrated how a new building block is capable of accurately modelling bodies from the enormous to the minuscule. Where particles and waves break down, the fragment of energy building block held strong,” Silverberg said.

“The fragment could be a single potentially universal building block from which to model reality mathematically – and update the way people think about the building blocks of the Universe.”

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