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Re: Light Speed Is Not Real?

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Posted by Astrophysicist on April 14, 1998 20:40:36 UTC

No, light would not gain infinite mass as it approaches the speed of light. First of all, it is important to remember the wave-particle duality of light. Light sometimes behaves like a photon, and sometimes like an electromagnetic wave. So, in reality, it is both. While gravity can affect photons, it cannot affect the other portion of light's nature, that of being a wave. Also, it is the quantum nature of particles to travel at the speed of light and faster without gaining infinite mass. The mechanics of this property are really, really wierd and extremely difficult, but the information is in books available to buy. For a simple answer about how particles can travel faster than light, see Steven Hawking's A Brief History of Time. It talks about the evaporation of black holes. However, this also starts going into the world of quantum mechanics. But I do wish you happy hunting in looking for further explanations on this matter. Good luck.

: O.k...question.

: Can light travel at the speed of light? According to : Einsteins T.R. nothing except light can travel at the : speed of light..sorta. So, if the photons of light have : properties of light and matter..i.e. can be pulled into : black holes, how can it travel at the speed of light? : Wouldn't it, as it approached the speed of light, gain : more and more mass slowing it down untill it took an : infinite amount of mass to move it to that speed?

: Let me know, please! : Thanks.

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