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THE SCIENCE SITE
Unsolved Mysteries

 

1. Did you know that the true nature of light has never been determined? Thomas Young, along with Arago and Fresnel,showed that a light beam, separated by a calcite prism, produces no interference fringes, only uniform illumination.Therefore the light waves must be transverse, with the planes of vibration at right angles to each other. This was discovered in 1817, yet even today light is thought to propagate as a longitudinal wave. Antenna radiation is also transverse, and the true shape of the wavefront of an electromagnetic wave is described on the waves page.

 

 

2. Max Planck's famousquantum radiation theory was based on Rayleigh's radiation equation and the assertion that tiny, discrete random energy exchanges occur between atoms, which he assumed to be "oscillators". The energy change (photon) is equal to the quantity hf, where f is the frequency and h is Planck's constant. He claimed that the energy lost radiates in the form of an electromagnetic wave. Einstein, in a later experiment of the "photoelectric effect" in which electrons are liberated from a metal surface, concluded that light radiates in the form of particles that he called "photons". The exact shape of a photon is yet to be measured, but it behaves sometimes as a particle and sometimes as a wave. Today's physicists simply say that light has "dual wave-particle" properties, without giving any reason for the effect. To truly understand electromagnetic radiation, see "The Secret of Gravity" page.

 

3. The secret of gravity has never before been solved. Dr. Vlasak, an electronic engineer with many years of experience, claims that gravity is an electromagnetic effect produced by Coulomb forces . He argues that the universe is believed to be about 80% hydrogen, and the hydrogen atom consists of but two electrical particles: an electron and a proton. The electron revolves around the proton in a path, similar to the electrons in a conductor. Although the two charges are said to "cancel" because they are equal and opposite, the Coulomb force fields surrounding the atom are not quite symmetrical, producing an infinitesimal attractive force (gravitational force) between two atoms. When the two approach one another, a negative force begins to counteract the positive force, thus eventually reaching a stable state. He has written three books on this subject (see Books).