Theoretical Response

  • Jan C. A. Boeyens


Classical science reached maturity in the discovery of the electromagnetic field and the periodic variation of the chemical properties of atoms, for which no theoretical explanations existed. The theory of relativity and quantum theory, in the form of wave mechanics, developed in response. The details are briefly discussed and critically examined. By design, the theory of relativity provided a common basis for mechanical and electromagnetic motion, which could be refined into a model for gravitational interaction. The search for an equivalent space-time origin of the electromagnetic field resulted in the recognition of gauge fields, one of which gave birth to wave mechanics. As a theory that underpins atomic periodicity and chemistry it has only been partially successful and, reduced to a scheme of quantum chemistry, based on real linear functions, has failed completely.


Minkowski Space Light Cone Gauge Field Lorentz Transformation World Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan C. A. Boeyens
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  1. 1.Centre for Advancement of ScholarshipUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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