Something Old

‘Tis the season of giving. I hope that you’re day has been great and to celebrate Christmas Eve, I thought I might put out two posts today. Let’s continue.

So, in the post earlier today (Something New) I left a cliff-hanger as usual at the end. I went through the fact that electrons have a weird ability to exist in two places at once, but also alluded to the fact that they do something else. And in my opinion, it’s even more spectacular.

Electrons are always thought of particles, but research has shown they can also be waves (you know, radio signals, light, etc.) If that isn’t enough, they can exist as both a particle and wave at the same time. Do I have your attention yet?

And of course this can be tied to the whole existing in multiple places concept. As waves are more beams of energy than anything else, they remain largely unbroken. Of course, if an electron were a particle it couldn’t form a solid line. Unless of course it existed at every point on the line.

The same can be said about light. More specifically, photons. Light comes in waves, but photons were supposed to be particles, right? Well, they’re both as well. I guess what I’m saying is that there are multiple particles displaying these properties, and I think the most interesting components are yet to be seen.

Until next time, this is Theo signing off…

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