Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Particle vs. Field: which is truer

Today it seems that particles are merely secondary ....
Nonlocality of a Single Particle Demonstrated Without Objections

... The scientists note an interesting comparison of their result to a principle of Leibniz’s metaphysics, the identity of indiscernibles. According to the principle, a pair of entangled quantum particles must be indiscernible from a single particle, since both objects have in common all the same properties—this is the only stipulation of the principle, number being irrelevant. The single-state nonlocality demonstrated here reinforces the equivalence of a single state and an entangled state—giving more credence to the position that quantum field theory, where fields are fundamental and particles secondary, is a close representation of reality...
In knowledge modeling the debate is between the nodes (statements) and the arcs (relationships). The arcs are pulling ahead.

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