Okay, so what happens when you put identical harmonic oscillators next to each other? If you’ve followed through the chapters, you know. They share the excitation energy, resulting in lower Gibbs free energy, more stability, and a release of energy into the random universe, allowing entropy to increase.
So if a hydrogen atom (aka proton-electron pair) is just an excited state of a neutron, what happens when you put them together? They ought to share the excitation energy. The wave function of the electron around the proton should be slightly diminished, and the wave function of the neutron should slightly heat up, as these two oscillators couple. This is not observed by modern physicists – or is it?
We have the “strong force” which describes the way protons and neutrons clump together to make heavy atoms. Never a group of protons alone, never a group of neutrons alone, always a mixture. I suggest the protons and neutrons in a nucleus have coupled their wave functions together to such an extent that they have lost their individual identities, with the electrons in a cloud/wave around them. When separated by atomic distances, the coupling is very weak, they retain their identities, but each of their wave functions are changed by the presence of the other due to this coupling. The potential energy that depends on their separation should be experienced as a force.
Sound familiar from earlier chapters? I think we’re talking about the true action of gravity here. I suggest that the exchange-energy of a proton and neutron coupling their wave functions and sharing the excitation energy that is the electron, is the origin of gravitational attraction. This would not happen between two neutrons. It would not happen between two protons with associated electrons. This would only happen between a proton and a neutron – two oscillators, one quantum of energy.
For this reason, I made the observation earlier, that we have never proved that gravity works on all mass, and not just between protons and neutrons.
This explanation for gravity is straight-forward quantum mechanics, but it has never been proposed before. The reason is the assumption of how gravity operations, and the blindness of the nature of wave-particle duality, has blinded physicists to this possibility. If gravity does happen between two neutrons, this is nonsense. If electrons are little ping-pong balls with an independent existence from their mated proton, this is nonsense.
But this seems to be the path to understanding both electromagnetism and gravity at the same time.
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