Neither a theory nor a hypothesis, this is a kind of fun speculation toy I like to think about one in a while: In a book on mysticism I read a few years ago (written in the 1800s) the author asserted that atoms were cavitations in the aether. I think the phenomenon of cavitations in water is cool, so I remembered this assertion and have tried to extend it. It would probably not be possible to argue that whole atoms are cavitations from what we know today, but I like to think that individual particles might be speculated about this way. Take the electron. In order for electrons to be cavitations and yet exhibit properties whereby they are more "solid" than the surrounding aether, it occured to me they could be on the model of miniature hurricanes where the winds rushing around the low pressure center have great mass by virtue of their speed, despite being no more solid than the air inside the "eye" or the air outside the rotational zone. The aether would have to be very much more light and delicate a thing than the 19th century conception, I think, for this to be. I would expect that the cavitations occured to begin with when, at some point in the expansion of the universe, the aether was stretched beyond its limits resulting in uncountable cavitations that were the foundation of mass. The aether would always be trying to get back into these cavitations from all directions at once interfering with itself as it does so creating hurricane like storms around each cavitation where the aether density is much higher than elsewhere. I have lately been trying to come up with a way to figure out how this might result in electric field lines. It has occured to me to stipulate that, this aether being what it is, and not air, the storms take the form of many tornados all with one end anchored on the cavitation and the other extending out to infinity in the aether. Everything comes to a grinding halt here when I try to figure out an explanation for the oppositely charged proton, and when I ask why the other end of the electron tornados would be attracted to the proton, which should have some kind of tornados of its own. Then there's the neutron. ? I got nothin'. Photons don't seem to be much trouble because they are just waves in the electron's tornados, like the traveling wave that runs down a whip when you crack it. They can behave like particles in that they can knock an electron off a piece of metal just like you can knock a cigarette out of someone's mouth with a bullwhip, but they are essentially waves. Anyway, does anyone have any ideas about how the proton and neutron could be fit into this speculation?