Saturday, 15 April 2017

Dr. Wheeler's One Electron Theory

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Dr. John Archibald Wheeler was the American theoretical physicist largely responsible for the revival of interest in general relativity in the United States after World War II.  He is also most famous for hypothesising the “one-electron universe”.  Dr. Wheeler postulated the one-electron universe in a telephone call to Dr. Richard Feynman in the spring of 1940.

This theory states that all electrons and positrons are actually manifestations of a single entity moving backwards and forwards in time. Dr. Feynman said, “I received a telephone call one day at the graduate college at Princeton from Professor Wheeler, in which he said, ‘Feynman, I know why all electrons have the same charge and the same mass.’  Why?  ‘Because, they are all the same electron!’”

The idea is based on the world lines traced out across spacetime by every electron.  Rather than have myriad such lines, Dr. Wheeler suggested that they could all be parts of one single line like a huge tangled knot, traced out by the one electron.  Any given moment in time is represented by a slice across spacetime, and would meet the knotted line a great many times.  Each such meeting point represents a real electron at that moment.

At those points, half the lines will be directed forward in time and half will have looped round and be directed backwards.  Dr. Wheeler suggested that these backwards sections appeared as the antiparticle to the electron, the positron.  Many more electrons have been observed than positrons, and electrons are thought to comfortably outnumber them.  According to Dr. Feynman, he raised this issue with Dr. Wheeler, who speculated that the missing positrons might be hidden within protons.

In simple English, electrons are utterly indistinguishable.  Every electron is exactly the same on this indistinguishability.  Every subatomic particle can be distinguished except electrons.  The only reason this is not a scientific theory is because it cannot be disproved.  And so, perhaps the reason they are exactly the same is because they are actually the same single electron, travelling back and forth through time so that it seems to exist all over the omniverse.  Now, imagine the theological and metaphysical ramifications of that?


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