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B Why is light acting wavelike ?

  1. Feb 7, 2017 #1
    Why is the light moving throuh space like a wave ? Is there any article that says WHY ?
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    Light acts wavelike because it is a wave. If you look at Maxwell's equations for the behavior of electrical and magnetic fields, one of the solutions is electromagnetic waves propagating through space - and these waves are the thing that we call light.

    Googling for "Maxwell's equations light" will find many detailed explanations, and of course this is all standard fare in the first year of college physics.
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    Physics is good at answering "how" - not so good for "why".
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