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    Hi ,

    Well this question might look very childish , but still i do not have any good justifying answer for this .

    Its about why Energy in the form of Light / Sound or EM waves etc are in the form of Waves and not just a straight line ray of Energy burst ??

    If the Energy particle has enough momentum to travel at very high speeds why does it need to travel in a Wave form ??

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    It is not just light. Everything travels in wave motion, including matter particles. However, "why" is a philosophical question; science only answers "what." Even in philosophy, I don't think there is any answer to the question of why everything is fundamentally wave-like, especially since the wave give only the probability of the particle being at a given location, not where the particle actually is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinayak View Post
    Well this question might look very childish , but still i do not have any good justifying answer for this .

    Its about why Energy in the form of Light / Sound or EM waves etc are in the form of Waves and not just a straight line ray of Energy burst ??

    If the Energy particle has enough momentum to travel at very high speeds why does it need to travel in a Wave form ??

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    Vinayak shankar
    No, the question is not "childish". It is actually quite deep, and the way I see it, the reason is ultimately that the wave equation is orthogonal to the exactness condition of a differential form. In quantum physics, a particle typically doesn't have a single value for a given observable, but a multiplicity of different values for that observable. The multiplicity necessarily exists because there are many different observables that can be measured, and there exists mathematical incompatibilities between different particular observables that prevent a particle from having single values for all observables. But when any observable is measured, it always produces a single value for that observable. Thus, the multiplicity of values that the observable could have had if the observable wasn't measured represent distinguishably different realities, implying that the scope of consideration needs to be extended beyond individual realities to the configuration space of all possible realities. The exactness condition of a differential form is a condition concerning whether or not two ostensibly different realities are really the same reality, the satisfaction of this condition indicating that the realities are actually the same. The satisfaction of a wave equation, being orthogonal to the exactness condition within the configuration space, indicates that the realities are all different. Note that orthogonality is a stronger condition than linear independence, and therefore the satisfaction of a wave equation is a stronger condition than a failure to satisfy the exactness condition. Thus, the wave equation also includes gauge fixing relative to a given reality.

    This folks, is why the many-worlds interpretation is the most complete interpretation of quantum physics.
    A tensor equation that is valid in any coordinate system is valid in every coordinate system.
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