The Theory of Elementary Waves (TEW) is a little known alternative to quantum mechanics (QM). Other alternative theories have taken QM and tinkered with it: for example they all share the idea of non-locality. TEW takes a different approach. We choose to think outside the QM box. We do not assume wave-particle duality, complementarity, superposition of states, wave function collapse, probability densities, wave packets, or other QM principles.
TEW is first and foremost a way of understanding experimental data. Our ideas come from empirical research (published by others). Here are two things we learn from experiments:
- Waves can travel in the opposite direction as particles:
- Waves and wave interference exist everywhere in nature, traveling in all directions, & all wavelengths.
You and I live in an ocean of elementary wave interference. We don’t see elementary waves, but we see their effects. The world we do see is shaped by elementary waves. TEW was discovered in 1993 by Dr. Lewis E. Little, who has a PhD in physics from NYU. He spent his career outside physics, in the financial world as a commodities trader.
I have been in conversation with my cousin Lewis for more than half a century. We began our discussions sitting on Grandma Beech’s living room floor before Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and continued them when I followed Lewis to be an undergraduate in the math department at Brown University. Currently we are old men, outside of academia. I am in my 70’s. Lewis is two years older than me, and is retired.
Decades ago, when I left mathematics as a career and ended up in medicine, it was partly because I believed that no one over the age of 30 could discover anything new in math. In clinical medicine age is sometimes an advantage, because with experienced comes wisdom. One astonishing thing about TEW is that Lewis Little and I appear to be able to think new ideas, even though we are over the age of 30!
My undergraduate degree is in mathematics from Brown University. My three graduate school degrees are from Harvard, Yale, and Case Western Reserve Universities. Currently my day job is working as a physician at a Yale teaching hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA. I am a psychiatrist.
I respect QM for its incredible accomplishments. I think different theories are useful for different purposes. QM is THE way to solve engineering problems and problems that can be quantified. But QM gives us NO PICTURE of nature. TEW is useful for giving us that picture. TEW can never, and will never “replace” QM.
During my career in medicine, especially my seven years on the research faculty of the National Institutes of Health, I developed a passion for research studies. My contribution to TEW is to study the “delayed choice” experiments. When I re-think these experiments from the viewpoint of elementary waves, there is no “delayed choice.”