What do we know about Light?

by Bruce Camber 

An Open letter about Light to Scholars

Light Spectrum
Light Spectrum

LightBulb Our old-fashioned light


Spiral NebulaeLight of the spiral nebulae

Please consider Max Planck’s formula for light, the simple one.

His rather simple formula caught my attention and wouldn’t let me go.

Along the progression of 202 notations from Planck Time to the Age of the Universe, I did the little calculation for the speed of light at one second (between notations 143 and 144). The result was very, very close to the laboratory defined measurement.

It told us, “Planck Length and Planck Time are tracking together; they are a Janus face.” That required time to be a process.

That’s huge.

Of course, multiplying Planck Time and Planck Length by 2, and the results by 2 over and over again, 202 times, would appear to be a logical construct and to work within every notation, yet, it is still surprising.

Two questions hounded me, “What does it mean? What do we do with it?” so I opened these pages to see if we could get a discussion happening.

In 2016, as the new year approached, The Top Ten countdown by David Letterman came to mind.

Our Top Ten about light would be a bit more serious. Yet, light is magical. Candle lights go with birthdays. The highlights of life are celebrated with light. So, we all need to be asking, “What is light?”

Also, what about the extended range of light?  When the range is extended, new speculations await us!

We then discovered a group at Trinity College Dublin who claimed to discover a new application, possibly a new form, of light.

From now on, we will be chasing every discussion we can find about the largest, most-inclusive definitions of light.