What we observe as material bodies is nothing more than shapes and changes in the fabric of space. Particles are only shaumkronnen (foam on water).
I would like to recommend you a book which I've stumbled upon some time ago, and which impressed me very much. In a sense it has changed my life and views on Physics, the structure of matter and the inner workings of the Universe. It's written by Dr Milo Wolff, an ingenious scientist from California, who worked for NASA, Aerospace and some famous universities (MIT & Caltech etc.). Last year he has been also honored with a Sagnac Award.
Dr Milo Wolff in his own person :-)
Dr Wolff's book has a similar subject and style as Leon Lederman's world's bestseller "The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question?". If you ever had any problems with understanding Physics to this day, then you'll like Milo Wolff's book for sure, because Dr Wolff wrote it for this reason: to allow every human, who hadn't dealt with Physics before, to easily and in a short time catch up with pioneers from the frontier of Science (maybe even outpace them?) and join the club of explorers of the mysteries of the Universe. Milo Wolff prooves that you don't need a PhD in Physics to understand its arcanes and be up-to-date with scientific news. One might say: "You too can become another Einstein!" :-)
Dr Wolff is a real master of reductionism. Things considered hard to understand, such as Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, elementary particle physics, structure of atom, differential calculus, trigonometry, he can explain in a very simple and comprehensible way. He does it in such a way that in every domain of Science he finds the most basic, key elements which underlie everything else, and from which everything else could be derived. He gradually reduces the amount of such "atoms of knowledge", thanks to which he managed to boil down all the modern physics to merely a bunch of basic principles (about half a dozen), along with another bunch of fundamental "elements", which all known matter is made of. Thanks to such approach you have a chance, maybe for the first time, to see the "big picture", the holistic image of all the Physics, where all particular puzzle pieces finally start to fit to each other.
For example: he managed to encode all the trigonometry in one simple picture. When you understand this one picture, then from then on you'll understand trigonometry forever! You won't have to remember all these definitions of trigonometric functions, formulas, identities, nor particular values and signs of functions in particular quadrants – it's enough for you to recall this one picture, and you'll be able to derive all the rest in that same instant! :-)
Similarly he approached the physical quantities and their units of measurement. He shows that the vast majority of these quantities, such as force, work, power, different (at first glance!) kinds of energy etc. are actually derived quantities which can be obtained from just three of them, most basic: length/distance, time and frequency of the quantum waves, which all matter consists of. Additionally, these units are related in an intriguing way to the properties of the Space itself and the properties of the quantum waves travelling in it.
Newton's three laws of dynamics? Mr Wolff will show you that they're actually only one law, since the other two are already encompassed by the first one, as special cases.
Thanks to unusual talent of Dr Wolff for explaining hard things in an easy way, and by applying his ground-breaking theory, you'll also see that there's nothing complex nor defying common sense in the Relativity Theory. You'll se for yourself that this theory is fully coherent and logical consequence of the fact that all our measurements are always related to something else, and there are no mileposts nailed up in outer space or anywhere in the Universe. Lorentz's transformations, which cause quickly-moving rulers to shorten and clocks ticking slower, result from ordinary and well-known Doppler effect, which all matter waves moving in space undergo. In a similar manner, a sound of a train's whistle approaching us seems to have a higher pitch than when the train is going away from us.
The same Doppler effect hides behind the de Broglie wavelength, which de Broglie associated with matter (more precisely with its momentum). Dr Wolff will take you to the mysterious and fascinating world of atoms, the Quantum Realm. Thanks to his explanations you'll see that the world of atoms is governed completely by the wave phenomena, and the electrons inside atoms behave in a similar fashion to a vibrating guitar string or a drumhead. These standing waves can oscillate only in a certain way, which is responsible for the fact that they exchange energy with the external world in small, discrete portions called quanta. You'll also see that this mechanism of the energy exchange between atoms is a foundation of every measurement and observation.
Milo Wolff doesn't stop there. The most amazing part of his book is his own theory of the structure of matter which assumes that everything we observe around us in our everyday life actually consists of quantum waves, and only waves, travelling in empty space (they're made of empty space indeed). He challenges mainstream physicists who think that the elementary building blocks of the Universe are tiny little point particles, and that their motions and properties are described by some abstract waves of pure mathematical probability.
Dr Wolff questions the existence of point particles and shows that this belief has led scientits into a dead end, from where it's hard for them to turn back now. Yet his claims are not unfounded: since I read his book some time ago, on each move I run into another information and experiments convincing me that Dr Wolff is right.
In further chapters of his book, Dr Wolff will show you how, by joining two simple waves, one going outward, and the other going inward, you can obtain a standing wave, which oscillates in place and it has all the properties we ascribe to material particles: mass, electric charge, electromagnetic fields, or the mysterious spin, whih looms large in minds of mainstream scientists to this day, and is a real conundrum for them.
Dr Wolff's wave theory seems to be the long-wanted Holy Grail of Physics – the Grand Unification Theory (GUT), which could allow to reconcile the greatest theories known to Science: Classical Electromagnetism, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. And it's so simple that seems unbelievable why so many scientists haven't figure it out yet. Many mainstream scientists ignore it to this day (can it be that it's too simple for them? :-P).
Wolff's Theory has also some philosophical consequences: it implies that the structure and functioning of microscopic building blocks of matter (atoms, electrons, protons etc.) is inherently connected with the vast of the whole Universe and the cosmic space. One might say that if all those stars blinking in the night sky were once to disappear, then we, too, couldn't exist either, because the presence of the matter in all the rest of the Universe and these quantum waves coming out from it unceasingly maintain the existence of us and each particular atom of our bodies.
Dr Wolff also focus our attention on the fact that the Space itself can soon became the spotlight of modern Physics, because it's the Space which describes parameters of all these matter waves travelling in there. The Space is the final mystery of the Universe, which still awaits for its discoverer. Maybe it will be you? :->
At this moment you are probably very intrigued by this book and wanting to get it into your hands as soon as possible, to join the club of the explorers of the Universe :-) And perhaps you wonder where can you get this book, and how much does it cost If so, then you're in the right place :-)
On the sidebar of my website there's a widget from Amazon which displays a bunch of books I really enjoyed to read and I recommend them to other people like you. Among them there's that very book of Dr Milo Wolff I've just described here. Actually, there are two books of Dr Wolff: one of them ("Schrödinger's Universe") is an updated version of the older one ("Exploring the Physics of the Unknown Universe"). I've read both of them and personally I liked more the older one. It seemed to me more ordered and clear than the updated one. But in the updated one there is more information added, so it's interesting in its own rights.
If I were to recommend one of them to you, I'd recommend the older one. But it's you to decide. If you decide to invest your money in one of them (or both :-D), I'm sure that you'll enjoy them much. It can really change your life and worldview. Mine has changed irreversibly :-> So I wish you good reading
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