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#6 - phanact (12/22/2012) [-]
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#137 - thebaker (12/22/2012) [+] (4 replies)
Beware,  bellow me there are a lot of people who think they know something about physics.
Beware, bellow me there are a lot of people who think they know something about physics.
#43 - occamsrazor (12/22/2012) [+] (9 replies)
******* pissed me off watching an episode of Big Bang Theory where Sheldon had to figure out something on why photons behave some way and the big answer is that they behave like both waves and particles, Einstein figured that out over a hundred years ago 1905 theory of special relativity you lisping cunt. And now a word from James Franco.
#72 - wailguy (12/22/2012) [+] (10 replies)
Visible light simplified,

Isaac Newton thought the visible light was only made from particles, or as he named them "Corpuscles."

Thomas Young thought that visible light was only a wave.

Einstein with all his swagarific **** discovered that when light is shining on a metal (with the amount light being above the energy threshold of the metal) the negative charge of the metal decreased. This means that electrons are being knocked off the metals surface via visible light. (The photoelectric effect) Except a wave is energy, IE not physical. It could not possibly knock electrons off the metals surface. Einstein couldn't explain this, and so he named it the "Ultraviolet catastrophe." Later on in his life, he saw no reason why waves and particles couldn't coexist in light. He went on to discover that it is the Photons in light that knock the electrons from the metals surface.

Visible light isn't only a wave, nor is it only made from particles. Although this isn't a real word, the best way of describing it, is as a "wavicle."

TL;DR Visible light consists of both photons and waves. Every other comment with theories that it is one or the other are ******** incorrect. Also, saying "Quantum physics" on the internet doesn't make you look smart.
#150 - olofski (12/22/2012) [-]
TO TACO BELL!!
#124 - loulougia (12/22/2012) [-]
Oh sweet new reaction pic.
#134 - skyrn (12/22/2012) [+] (1 reply)
Here's an explanation of the duality of liight using ambigrams.
#73 - physicsdude (12/22/2012) [+] (7 replies)
Einstein was firmly AGAINST light(and everything actually) behaving as particles and waves, depending on how you measure it.
It was Niels Bohr who made the current theory that light is either waves or particles depending on how you measure it. The theory is called the copenhagen-interpretation.
Einstein was even on his death bed against the idea that light behaved as particles or waves depending on measurement.
User avatar #2 - techketzer (12/21/2012) [+] (62 replies)
Turns out it's neither.
Still thumbed.
#57 to #2 - anssi (12/22/2012) [-]
This thread: everyone who's right is thumbed down because majority is wrong.

Light can't be both waves and particles at the same time, it's actually some composition that we're not familiar with at this moment. It's something between waves and particles.
#153 - itsfreecola (12/22/2012) [-]
science.....
science.....
#127 - ultimatehue (12/22/2012) [+] (5 replies)
new meme pls
#64 - grimmwaters (12/22/2012) [+] (9 replies)
So then, how do you explain a Lightsaber?
So then, how do you explain a Lightsaber?
#114 - buttholee (12/22/2012) [+] (1 reply)
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what light particle waves are made of
#95 - eclecticparadigm **User deleted account** (12/22/2012) [-]
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#166 - thepumpkinkarver (12/22/2012) [+] (1 reply)
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#89 - sirchaudhry **User deleted account** (12/22/2012) [+] (6 replies)
In Norwegian schools we're taught that light consists of waves, hitting objects and reflecting them into e.g our eyes.   
Does light also consist of particles?
In Norwegian schools we're taught that light consists of waves, hitting objects and reflecting them into e.g our eyes.
Does light also consist of particles?
User avatar #92 to #89 - neutralgray (12/22/2012) [-]
It's strange in that it has both wave and particle properties. I'll just call light an"it" and be happy.
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