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In Quantum Physics, Is There An Equal And Opposite Reaction?

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Posted by Eric J. Andresen on May 6, 2005 07:01:46 UTC

I was wondering in the quantum realm if there is the Newtonian postulate that for every action there is an equal but opposite reaction?
The the case of any atom in space: Isn't it constantly radiating some energy due to its position...say it is spinning around and for every movement it is radiating photons in the microwave range (radiative heat)...its position in space is in context with every other atom in space, or force, so is this constant emission of photons the equal and opposite reaction to everything in a selected realm of the Universe acting on it, or the totality of the Universe acting on it? I just supposed that radiative heat was one possible of many reactions to an imposed force or potential.

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