Most people would like to understand Time, why we have it
and how it works.
Unfortunately neither the standard model, relativity or quantum physics provide any explanations.
The latest book by Lee Smolin, Time Reborn, does not
explain Time, but recognize and suggest that at the very
least something like a present moment must exist.
This is in my view, sort of a step forward, since the existence of Time, the way we usually think we know it, has been denied by the relativists in favor of something called the "Block Universe", where all times coexist in a large block of space time.
Just recognizing that Time include a present moment still
does not provide any answers but points to a possible
explanation which I have been pursuing since the '70:s.
The idea I had back then was that Time might be
discontinuous if it was made up by a linked sequence of
individual present moments.
If that was the case we would not know it from any direct experience but there might still be clues to find if we only know there was something to look for.
Some of those clues like for instance the property of spin,
the quantum of action and non-locality are quite conspicuous
now that their origin is becoming clear, other clues might
be a bit more subtle.
The explanations I am offering on these pages are due to my
very personal interpretation of the clues I have identified
so far, but new clues keep popping up, so new pages need to
The latest clue is the Higgs Field.
Quite a lot has been written about the Higgs mechanism lately due to the outcome of the Cern experiments which confirmed the existence of the Higgs Field and prompted the announcement of this year's Nobel Prize winners. -The theorists suggesting the Higgs Mechanism.
For this reason I suppose no further introduction of the Higgs idea is needed and will instead proceed with explaining why I see the Higgs mechanism as another clue of discontinuous time.
The Higgs Field:
The Higgs Field fills the entire universe and interacts with all particles.
This interaction in the case of the Higgs mechanism in a sense endows the particles with mass, making their progress through the Higgs Field require more energy the larger they are. This makes them appear more massive.
The Big Bang Aether:
The Aether is the universe and its fabric is an oscillating constituent of all particles.
If the Higgs Field is another clue to discontinuous time, then the particle is an excitation of the aether fabric itself in the form of a pulsating sound wave.
As such it oscillates in resonance with- and is driven by the oscillating background.
The progress of this oscillating particle is not through the fabric, but rather with the fabric, gliding along in the direction of movement as the background fabric oscillates.
The difference between the cause of inertia between fermions and bosons is due to the difference between the longitudinal oscillations of the fermions and the transverse oscillations of the bosons.
Longitudinal oscillations in the discontinuous time universe always have a component pointing in a direction contrary to the direction in which the fermion is moving.
This makes a large longitudinal oscillation more difficult to accelerate then a smaller one, making it appear more massive.
Transverse waves do not have any such counter-moving component, so the bosons, not being "anchored" to the background like the fermion always want to move move at whatever speed the elasticity of the aether-fabric allow, which is the speed of light.
The Higgs experiment at Cern may then be the first
experimental evidence of the big bang aether fabric.
A good clue I would say!