Hey folks, My first post. I'm a retired guy who liked physics in college, but couldn't quite get my head around calculus, so I was never able to confirm the things I learned through mathematical equations. I read primary lit., but I don't have the math skills to understand it. Physics became a lifelong avocation - I love cosmology and quantum mechanics and the internet opens doors to learning. As physics becomes more complex, further away from direct sensory perception, our ability to create understandable and recognizable metaphors (tools for the masses like me who don't have the math skills) becomes almost impossible. I hope this sight can be my savior.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I do have a more complete academic background in metaphysics and epistimology. I find myself looking at recent physics discoveries and using the laws of identity and causality to explore basic assumptions. So here's one.

I'm not asking why light speed is the limit - I understand the law of causality, can't see it before it occurs. I want to know why it isn't a little more or a little less - what truth gives light it's specific speed? It must have something to do with the nature of waves or the environment through which they travel. Einstein's equation, E=MC^{2}, implies that the answer lies in the square root of the inverse relationship between matter and energy. But the result of an equation is not always "THE" answer. (Many current scientists just took a quick deep breath.) Mathematics is the science of measurement, and measurement is not an entity in the universe. Mathematics is a system to confirm aspects of entities -that is, measurement works with the law of identity.

Am I correct that gravitation (space-time curvature) can effect the path of the wave, but not the absolute speed? The answer to this last question will guide my subsequent questions.

TXS, Jack

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