Caught in a Net


Preston Harold considers a major predicament challenging scientists as they explore the world of matter and light, and the paradox that exists therein…

To grasp the problems confronting physicists as they probe the secrets of elementary energy, it is necessary to realize that the “classical particle” cannot be captured or pinned down for examination. The “treasure” or reality of matter and its place of residence in nature is hard to come by. Throughout His ministry Jesus tries to explain the elusiveness of matter – His words indicate that both the “treasure” and its place of being are never simultaneously possessed: “The Realm of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field; the man who finds it hides it, and in his delight goes and sells all he possesses and buys that field. Again, the Realm of heaven is like a trader in search of fine pearls; when he finds a single pearl of high price, he is off to sell all he possesses to buy it.” Today, the scientist knows much about fields in which a single pearl, the quantum h, is somehow traded, in which the treasure of energy is somehow buried.

In his book Creative Realism, Dr. Rolf Alexander states: “Quantum physics today gives us the picture of from ten to twenty qualitatively different quantum fields interpenetrating each other. Each fills the whole of space and has its own particular properties. There is nothing else but these fields…”


Preston Harold comments:

Jesus pictured (Dr. Alexander’s description), using a commonplace article as a symbol. He said: “Again, the Realm of heaven is like a net, which was thrown into the sea and collected fish of every sort.” A net is a pattern of nothing but “fields,” and fish are a good symbol to suggest the elusiveness of the classical particle which Eddington describes:

“A small enough stormy area corresponds very nearly to a particle moving about under the classical laws of motion; it would seem therefore that a particle definitely localized at a moving point is strictly the limit when the stormy area is reduced to a point. But curiously enough by continually reducing the area of the storm we never quite reach the ideal classical particle; we approach it and then recede from it again.”

To discover why, a fundamental general principle which Eddington ranks in importance with the principle of relativity must be examined. It is the “principle of indeterminacy,” presented by Werner Heisenberg…

We will explore Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in our next installment. Until then, peace.

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