When a ocean wave goes through a boat, does the boat move at all in the direction of the wave? Please use some type of proof please in your response. Whether light is a particle or a wave has been a question I have been thinking about for a while. If waves truly do effect matter in this way, then the particle-like effects can be explained as a weak interaction of a wave through space. Is it necessary to name the particle-like effects of light, or do you guys already know them enough so I don't have to explain them?