Latest By

Artificial Intelligence
Data Storage
Input Devices
Living Space
Space Tech
Virtual Person

"I would say 75% of the economy is now being run by ex-science-fiction fans."
- Greg Bear

Waveform Hypothesis  

The "waveform" hypothesis is a literary device that Backbeat: A Novel of Physics uses to explore the relationship between quantum physics and the human condition.

One of the novel's main characters is a doctoral student at Royal Holloway College in the 1980's when string theory was just beginning to emerge as a viable candidate for a Theory of Everything (TOE). With that said, doctoral student Justin Bishop devised the "waveform" hypothesis based on the common theory that all energy has a wave nature and that matter is a derivative. If we have a wave nature at our root, be it the Planck scale or the more imaginable atomic and molecular scale, then does that nature have a bearing on our lives?

The "waveform" hypothesis contends that the wave nature we imagine in the quantum world is expressed in our nature, our actions, and our impact on the future. What we do today creates a waveform that will affect other waveforms, either constructively or destructively, for better or worse. No different or profound, I suppose, than "what goes around, comes around." Yet, if this were really true, what changes might we cause with a simple change of frequency? The possibilities are infinite.

From Backbeat - A Novel of Physics, by J. Frederick Arment.
Published by Blue Hot Books in 2004
Additional resources -

Current textbook theory splits the universe into two scales: the tiny quantum world and the macro world in which the laws of Einstein and Newton rule. At what point the jump between worlds is made is not clear. Physicists themselves are a bit fuzzy on the matter. They have come up with a compromise called the Copenhagen Interpretation, which includes a hypothesis called Complementarity. The "waveform" hypothesis is just that, a hypothesis. Trouble is, the scientific method is of little help in proving or disproving whether the quantum world can teach us about our nature. To predict and experiment at the quantum scale is difficult, if not impossible. To predict and experiment at the human scale, with the problems associated with measuring the resulting exponential chaos, is definitely impossible!

Comment/Join this discussion ( 0 ) | RSS/XML | Blog This |

Additional resources:
  More Ideas and Technology from Backbeat - A Novel of Physics
  More Ideas and Technology by J. Frederick Arment
  Tech news articles related to Backbeat - A Novel of Physics
  Tech news articles related to works by J. Frederick Arment

Articles related to Engineering
Dune Fans! Power Your Devices With Sweaty Shirts
Zero Mass 'Vaporators' Pull Drinking Water From The Air
Integrated Circuits Printed Right Onto Fabric!
Drones Guided By The Mind Alone

Want to Contribute an Item? It's easy:
Get the name of the item, a quote, the book's name and the author's name, and Add it here.





Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.





More News

Save Your Brain's Connectome, Upload Yourself Elsewhere
'You've got remote storage. How regular is the update?'

TMS Decreases Belief In God, Increases Belief In Immigrants
'... setting up the same currents, the same basic ideas, in them all.'

Loomo Mini Transporter Robot Companion You Ride On
'Slowly the [robot] horse raised its head, wiggled its ears, blinked twice, gave a tentative whinny.'

Soft Robotics - Now With 3D Printed Sensors!
'A series of chemelectric afferent nerve-analogues, which permitted it to gauge to an ounce the amount of pressure necessary to snap a bone...'

AI Tool Lynx Insight And The Cybernetic Newsroom
'The structure,... was once a great homeostatic newspaper, the New York Times. It printed itself directly below us...'

Espresso Telescope Searches For Exoplanets
'These instruments were the wonderful ones our astronomers had perfected.'

Dune Fans! Metal-Organic Frameworks Make Science Fiction Real
'Dew collectors,' he muttered, enchanted by the simple beauty of such a scheme.

Manned Maneuvering Unit From 1984
'The glittering little rocket bolted to the black iron behind him.'

Astronaut Gets Younger In Space
'So what we're looking for now is not an antibiotic - an anti-life drug - but an anti-agathic, an anti-death drug...'

Blockchain Used To Verify Election Results
'Any adult could punch into the phone his or her code, followed by a yes or no.'

More SF in the News

More Beyond Technovelgy

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise | - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.