Basic Concepts

While recognising that the various wave models cited in the ‘sources’ discussion have only been subject to limited review in the various sections of website-3, this work appears to highlight some serious discrepancies between all the different wave models being discussed. For example, the nature of the wave media itself has been described in terms of a distortion of space, as an electromagnetic field or even as a superfluid that can isolate angular momentum. There is also an issue of the scale on which these wave models exist, e.g. sub-atomic electrons or smaller neutrinos or even as Planck scale space-time distortions, which in-turn infer different wave structures underpinning the nature of matter particles. In this context, this first section is simply a return to some of the basic concepts of the LaFreniere wave model, and issues of concern, in the hope that some new insight might be gained. So, while aspects of the following discussion will parallel pages of Gabriel LaFreniere’s MMW website, it will not necessarily restrict its commentary to his ideas as there is a perceived benefit in highlighting some of the differences in interpretation between the various wave models under review.

Note: Again, it is highlighted that website-3 is based on the principle of a ‘duty of inquiry’ and, as such, its commentary assumes no weight of authority. Therefore, while respecting the work contained in LaFreniere’s website, especially in the scope of its many simulations, it is highlighted that there appears to be many ambiguities in the causal mechanisms underpinning these simulations.

So, while LaFreniere produced dozens of 1D and 2D wave simulations, based on various wave equations, it seems clear from his own statements that the wave equations use to produce many of his simulation do not necessarily represent the actual causal mechanisms at work, e.g.

“Standing waves are not made of travelling waves. For calculation purposes, such waves can indeed be considered as two sets of waves travelling in opposite directions. This is a very useful method for computer programs. However, one must observe what is really going on inside the medium substance when standing waves are present. One may need incoming travelling waves in order to establish standing waves, but they are no longer needed once the system is well established.”

In part, aspects of this causal abstraction have already been discussed in various sections of the WSM model , see Wave Structure and Comparative Wave Models for more details. However, the mathematical details of the wave equations, as initially proposed by Milo Wolff are reviewed in the discussions entitled Mathematics behind the Wave Equation and Relative and Relativistic Transforms . In this context, a weakness in both the work of Wolff and LaFreniere was perceived, where the former made mathematical assumptions unsupported by simulations, while the latter made simulation assumptions with insufficient reference to the actual causal mechanisms. However, such a statement is not meant as a direct criticism of these men, who were essentially working in isolation of the wider scientific community and with little in the way of resources to carry out empirical experiments to validate their ideas. So, having provided an outline of some issues of concern, the following discussions all have a link to the original LaFreniere webpages in an inset right on each page, although this review has changed the page ordering. So, given the quote above, this review will proceed with a degree of caution, as there is a concern that LaFreniere’s wave simulations do not correspond to any obvious causal mechanism. Finally, before proceeding with the review of some of the basic concepts, it is highlighted that the scope of any wave model may also be subject to a degree of philosophical conjecture, if we accept that there may be no in-depth understanding of the fundamental causal mechanisms involved. For example, the idea of a 'prime mover' has long been an issue of philosophical debate concerning the root cause of all motion in the universe, which might be summarized as follows:

  • Motion can be seen to exist in the universe.
  • Things that move require a cause.
  • Logic leads to an infinite chain of causes.
  • Or requires initial unmoving cause.
  • This cause is the prime mover.

In part, this philosophical argument cannot necessarily be resolved by any wave model, as all models proceed on the pre-existence of some form of wave media and the energy needed to create a distortion, i.e. a wave amplitude, which is then propagated outwards with a velocity [c], as defined as an attribute of the media. How and why all these components came into existence may always be beyond the scope of science to fully explain, although the hope is that a wave model might provide a more coherent explanation of cause and effect to justify its mathematical abstractions.