"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete"
- Bucky Fuller -
For centuries physicists have been using mathematics to describe nature. This method has been extremely successful in calculating almost every phenomenon that exists. The unfortunate side effect though, is that we have been left with few visual images of the real world, especially when it comes to things like gravity and atomic particles.
'Quantum Mechanics' is the math that has been developed to describe the universe in terms of particles. This math has been so successful in the last few decades that we've been led to believe that the world really is made of little billiard balls floating around in empty space. Even electric and magnetic fields have been described in terms of (force carrying) particles. Physicists are even trying to explain gravity in terms of particles called gravitons.
The greatest challenge facing physicists today is the fact that quantum mechanics and relativity are mutually exclusive theories - neither one can be used to explain or describe the other. The two theories cannot be united until a totally new picture is found that will satisfy both. String Theory is another relatively new theory that tries to describe everything in terms of vibrating strings. Although many advancements have been made, it has yet to prove that it is worthy of being a true 'Theory Of Everything'.
Unless we are given an actual working physical model that describes the fundamental underlying structure of the universe, we will continue to use conventional mathematical models to describe reality. This article presents a physical model that can be used to describe reality at its most fundamental level. But first, let's go back in time to a point in our history where I believe we took the wrong turn.
Before the Michaelson-Morely experiment, physicists pictured a space that was filled with a light transparent substance they called ether. It was hoped that ether could be used to explain how electromagnetic forces and gravitational forces were transported through empty space. In 1887, Michaelson and Morely conducted an experiment to measure the earth's velocity through this ether. The experiment failed - no movement through ether could be detected. Physicists reasoned that if no movement could be detected, then ether did not exist. When Einstein published his 'Special Theory of Relativity' in 1905 (which showed that all motion is relative), the whole concept of ether was abandoned. Ether was replaced by the vacuum of empty space. And according to current theories, that empty space is filled with billiard balls of matter (or strings of matter).
Ether, with its various activities and structures, can still be used to describe the world as it is known today. The older models of ether failed because they proposed individual particles of matter existing in a separate sea of ether - these models were comprised of two substances: matter and ether. Any model made from two substances is doomed to failure. The universe must be made of only one substance - that substance is ether.
The new ether model, proposed in this article, replaces the vacuum of empty space with a three dimensional weblike foamy ether existing in a void. Conventional atomic particles are replaced with distortions in the foamy ether. Now this is the key difference! There is no matter in ether - but rather, matter is ether and so is space. That's it: the entire universe as we know it is comprised of foamy ether; a model very similar to the structure described by Indra's Net. The making of foamy ether theory has also been heavily influenced by the workings of David Bohm, especially from the concepts described in his book "Wholeness and the Implicate Order".
The rest of this article will describe in detail many physical phenomena using the new ether model (i.e. gravity, electromagnetism, strong force, Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, etc.). Rather than using mathematics, I have chosen to use visual images and computer simulations. This will allow you to see what each physical phenomena actually looks like. These are not diagrams or simulations that are mere metaphors or analogies of reality (as a bowling ball resting on a rubber sheet represents the curvature of space-time). They are pictures of the way the universe actually is at a fundamental level. Foamy ether theory is an actual working physical model of reality - something that is seriously lacking in mainstream theories.
The greatest obstacle in learning this new theory is unlearning - you will have to throw out your preconceived visual images. To understand ether theory you must make a full transition - you cannot think in terms of particles in a vacuum, or particles and ether. Everything is made of foamy ether, and everything can be described by structures of ether and/or activities of ether. (Don't get too discouraged if it doesn't become clear immediately; it took me twenty years to give up particles).
To describe a world of ether I must start from the beginning.