Dear Claude

> >Surely the discontinuity comes from the concept of particle, not from

> >wave?

> >We have this idea that all waves have discrete particles underlying them,

> >but I don't really see that this HAS to be the case for aether. I can

> >imagine waves in an elastic medium that were completely continuous.

>

> Comment concevez-vous un tel milieu continu Ã©lastique?

I can't go much deeper! It leads to insanity to try too hard. I just think

that continuity may be possible: what one does mathematically may reflect

reality, but who knows?

Mathematically, I want every point in space to have a displacement from its

local natural position, and also (probably) a phi-value. Both these

variables are continuous - the first as a matter of faith, the second just

because I think it may be. To model mathematically you cut space and time

up into discrete steps of finite size and then let the sizes tend to zero,

but this is just maths! Perhaps Nature skips the first stage.

John Bell produced a nice quote from Einstein - I probably lost it in my

computer problems the other week. I think it went:

"God has no need for algorithms. She integrates empirically."

She must be able to integrate "continuously" as well as empirically! After

all, how would She chose the sizes of the steps? No individual step has any

physical meaning!

Yours

Caroline