|Adapted for the Internet from:
Why God Doesn't Exist
Fig. 1 Wafer with a curved line marked on it
Fig. 4 There are lines and there are lines
Fig. 3 Jumpin' Jehosaphat! A jumpin' bean!
|Fellas! I know that I'm not
an expert. But I think
there is something you
Fig. 5 Whacking a mechanic
How the rope generates a 'positron trace'
|Anderson supposed that he was
staring at the trace made by a
particle. He concluded that he had
discovered a particle 'predicted' by
Dirac four years earlier and known
today as the positron. His friends
decided to give him a Nobel Prize
in Quantum for this great discovery.
|If Anderson's suppositron ball jumped up and down to create
a series of pock marks, we have a different ball game. It
would mean that the motion of the particle was in a direction
perpendicular to the wafer. This opens up a nasty can of
worms that no one can close. Quantum Mechanics holds
that a particle behaves as a wave when it is not in contact
with matter. This means that Anderson's stupid ball went
from particle to wave and back as it hopped around to
produce each footprint. This would require that he calculate
and account for the time the particle spent when not in
contact with the wafer. Perhaps his corpuscle travels a little
faster than what he calculated.
|The mathematicians are idiots by nature. They call everything a line. To them a geodesic is a line, a
distance is a line, a trace is a line, a segment is a line, a string is a line, and an infinite line is a line.
A mathematician is unconcerned about Physics or grammar, so he doesn't care about qualitative
aspects of the things he stares at or defines. Therefore, he never found a need to discriminate
among the different types of lines.
Which one of these is Anderson's famous 'suppositron'?