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Chapter 5, Part B: Propagation Geometry and Propagation Character: Two Issues or One Issue?

Jeff Alford
Year: 2008 Pages: 6
Keywords: Propagation, Geometry
There are two questions dealing with light: 1) what does it travel isotropic to? (answers: ballistic theory; ether theory) and 2) what is its character? (answers: corpuscle; wave). Currently the scientific community automatically links the ballistic theory with the corpuscular hypothesis and the ether theory the wave hypothesis. These associations stem from analogy to mechanical situations. This paper considers the justification of relying on mechanical situations to carry over associations to the electrodynamic context. This paper presumes the reader has already read my papers on ?A Brief Overview of SRT? and ?Light Isotropy: Theory and Experiment?.