« on: 08/07/2018 15:55:17 »
I just assumed I had not yet understood why they are actually termed point particles **and that my present level of understanding led me to imagine (perhaps as mathematical objects) them as other than what they will hopefully be seen as when the model has been understood.Quote from: Geordief...my opinion was that you will not find such an example...
We certainly seem to be on the same page here. I wouldn't even credit it with breaking causality. I think it's the ultimate oxymoron.
I've no doubt that point particles, and other zero dimensional "objects" play a valuable role in maths and theoretical physics, but physical examples are a bit like Father Christmas; lots of impostors, but no "real thing".
I think when one is attempting to learn a model that one always creates a false picture of it in ones mind's eye until one gets close enough to see it for what it is. (it is hardwired into our way of thinking and learning--I always thought Hendrix said "excuse me while I kiss this guy" instead of "the sky" )
**because they have zero dimensions of freedom (in the model) is the closest I think I have got yet.