1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 6, 2014 10:46 AM by Mitsuru Yamada

    If we could ride on a beam of light.

    Mitsuru Yamada

      I am now reading a John Gribbin's book "Schroedinger's Kittens."

      In that book, there is an interesting section.  The light runs through the space by the speed c.  The author argues that if we ride on the beam of light, then our time will stand still.  That is, the time which we usually regard as flowing will stop.  If he is right, then we who are riding on the beam of light will lose all of sense, all of sight of eye, sense of all of sound, and entire consciousness, because, as you know, since the time variable stands still in our body, all of our biochemical and physiological process will stop physically completely.  So, if we were to ride on a beam of light, then we surely lose our mind, and we cannot even notice that we are being carried by the light speed c.

      About 40 years ago when I was a student, no teacher or no book introduced such a kind of imagination to us.  Do you think that the time will really stand still if we were to ride on a beam of light?

       

      Thank you for reading

        • Re: If we could ride on a beam of light.
          Mitsuru Yamada

          Thinking about a light wave from our ordinary frame of space and time, the light wave runs through the space oscillatingly by the speed light speed c.  Maxwell's equaions tell us that the fluctuation of electric field induces the fluctuating magnetic field, and in turn, the fluctuating magnetic field induces the fluctuating electric field.  Thus the light propagation, i.e., the electromagnetic wave propagation process is a self-sustained process.  There is no problem in this view of light popagation process that is sustained by the mutual alternative induction of electric and magnetic fields, because it is exactly written in the Maxwell's equations.

           

          rot E + dB/dt =0     (1)

          rot H  - dD/dt =0     (2)

           

          But the problem is this!  If we are riding on the beam of light, then the time will stand still, which means that the both of electric field and magnetic field are or will be frosen!  That is, if we are riding on the beam of light, then there is no room where the usual Maxwell's equations can hold!  That is, though we talk about photon or light wave as if we already understand it well, we actually have not yet know its true creation process nor its annihilation process.  How can we imagine a creation process of a frosen electromagnetic wave that pops in this world suddenly at the instance of electronic transition in an atom?