04-21-2019, 08:56 AM

Okay, so this gets into a rather deep subject. I am trying to understand what seems to be a paradox in currently accepted quantum mechanical thought.

The statement is that the speed of light is fixed at c. The statement is that regardless of the relative motion of the observer, light remains traveling at fixed speed c, even if the motion of one observer forces light to travel further. This is true because of time dilation, the slowing down of time as we approach the speed of light.

Speed = distance/time. S=d/t

All of these are established and empirically proven facts.

But...

If time slows down as we approach the speed of light, then it stops at the speed of light. If time stops at the speed of light, then we have a situation in which light cannot be moving, because the value of t (time) is 0.

So light is therefore stationary, yet we observe it moving? It has the fastest possible speed, but it cannot be moving? How does light have speed at all when time for the photon = 0, and this means that S = d/0?

If mathematics claims that anything divided by 0 is 0, then all possible speed calculations for time must result in a speed of 0.

Surely I am misunderstanding something here? Because this looks like a pretty glaring error in the thinking resulting from the current understanding. It also makes me wonder of perhaps the secret to faster than light travel does not reside in this either proving there has been a mistake somewhere, or that light is in all possible locations at once, and we only experience it as quanta as a result of the passing through many universes where the quanta exists in that location, but outside of time? Is time just the illusion of change created by the effect of passing through many universes with slight changes, but each having no time?

I just figured someone might be able to explain to me where I am misunderstanding something in all this.

The statement is that the speed of light is fixed at c. The statement is that regardless of the relative motion of the observer, light remains traveling at fixed speed c, even if the motion of one observer forces light to travel further. This is true because of time dilation, the slowing down of time as we approach the speed of light.

Speed = distance/time. S=d/t

All of these are established and empirically proven facts.

But...

If time slows down as we approach the speed of light, then it stops at the speed of light. If time stops at the speed of light, then we have a situation in which light cannot be moving, because the value of t (time) is 0.

So light is therefore stationary, yet we observe it moving? It has the fastest possible speed, but it cannot be moving? How does light have speed at all when time for the photon = 0, and this means that S = d/0?

If mathematics claims that anything divided by 0 is 0, then all possible speed calculations for time must result in a speed of 0.

Surely I am misunderstanding something here? Because this looks like a pretty glaring error in the thinking resulting from the current understanding. It also makes me wonder of perhaps the secret to faster than light travel does not reside in this either proving there has been a mistake somewhere, or that light is in all possible locations at once, and we only experience it as quanta as a result of the passing through many universes where the quanta exists in that location, but outside of time? Is time just the illusion of change created by the effect of passing through many universes with slight changes, but each having no time?

I just figured someone might be able to explain to me where I am misunderstanding something in all this.