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It could explain time-dilation in strong gravitational fields as being due to the presence of more chronotons (don't ask me how that happens, I'm not that clever) and I think it may also explain time-dilation due to relativistic speeds, but I'm still thinking about that.
I certainly don't think it's a pair of danglies, but I'm not sure about what you say about electromagnetism as that force can be both attractive and repulsive.
Forces, on the other hand, are uni-directional
And Magnetism doesn't "flow"; it is just there, once the field is established.
QuoteForces, on the other hand, are uni-directionalNo, Dr.B, they are vector quantities - they have magnitude and direction - just like displacement, velocity and acceleration.And Magnetism doesn't "flow"; it is just there, once the field is established. You don't need a pole to have a magnetic field - in fact the field doesn't start or stop anywhere - the lines of force (to use a quaint old fashioned term) are continuous. The bar magnet is not the basic magnetic entity - the current loop is.But I love your enthusiasm!
I think you are looking for something that just isn't there, DrB. Magnetic fields and electric fields are both vectors which have magnitude and direction. They add like other vectors. You can, of course, get magnetic attraction and repulsion - the same as with electric fields. The difference between the magnetic and electric effect is that the electric force can be there under static conditions (i.e between two static charges) whereas the magnetic force is only there under dynamic conditions (moving charges).Maxwell showed that they are both part of the same system.btw, to explain the 'magnetic' effect of attraction and repulsion between two current carrying wires you don't actually need to use the idea of magnetism at all. The force can be explained (quantitatively - not just qualitatively) in terms of the relativistic effect of the (extremely slowly ) moving electrons in the conductors and the perceived density of + and - charges in the conductors. The moving electrons appear to be of different density to the static protons (more or less, depending upon the direction of flow). This produces a net force (attractive or repulsive) which is equal the what you get if you do the conventional 'magnetism' calculations. So you don't even need magnetism if you don't want to include it.
The strong force has the additional property that it strengthens with distance, exactly the opposite of the other forces. Maybe that too is a manifestation of 2 or more instances of the force interacting, but in this case it augments the force rather than causing a repulsive interaction.
Interesting idea SC, but your saying there's no magnetic field, I have problems with that conclusion, the only argument I can think of is that there is an angle between the two fields, they act in different vector fields how can they be the same.
I agree there is no real answer to the question, I've never seen a magnetic field or an electric field, but I have seen their effects experimentally, the iron fillings on a magnet aligning to produce a field, static electricity making my hair stand up, it's experiments like this that have led to Maxwells equations. The best experiment I ever did at college was Millikans oil drop experiment, it amazed me.