*John Lindop asked the Naked Scientists:* There is constant reference to matter distorting space / time, the words are correct but in the wrong order as Schrodinger, Gifford and the ancient Greek philosophers et al all note that matter IS a distortion of space / time ??

*What do you think?*I think it's reasonable to say matter distorts space/time, though after spending some time in forums like these, I would tend to use the word "mass" rather than matter.

I've been thinking a lot about oscillations lately, and how they fill space. A point has zero dimensions. Oscillate that by moving it back and forth, and its motion describes a line, which has one dimension. Oscillate a one dimensional line, and that motion describes a plane, which has two dimensions. Oscillate a plane, and you break into the third dimension.

It's interesting to me that light is polarized and travels in a straight line, while photons themselves are massless. The polarization of light essentially means to me that you have two wave components in a photon, which is like taking a point, oscillating it to make a line (one wave component), and oscillating that line to make a plane (the second wave component). Together, these make a sinusoidal plane wave, an accepted definition of the photon's form. But, and here's the important part: If there is no third wave function component, a photon can't "break into the third dimension" or have mass. Only "three dimensional" particles can have mass.

When a particle gets that third wave function component and breaks into three dimensional space, then you get a particle with mass properties. Since space is, according to Relativity, something that can be bent and warped, I think it can also be "displaced." When a particle breaks into three dimensions, that "expels" the space that used to be occupied by "dimensionless" oscillating points and lines. That causes space to "push back" against that oscillation, accounting for the properties of gravity.

Some of my thoughts on this topic in another forum:

https://www.physforum.com/index.php?showtopic=121777An illustration of the concept:

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