I was watching a Veritasium video about black holes and musing on the fact that light has no mass (but does have momentum!). This made me think about light being a particle and a wave and sent me down a rabbit hole of youtube videos. The concept of a particle as a wave that therefore has a frequency has long felt and kinda still feels a little weird to me (yeah yeah, I know double slit), but oddly enough the concept that it has a WAVELENGTH feels more natural to think about.
I am imagining the universe as one of those "live photos" (that a smartphone might take). If you say "put an electron here", an electron is really small and moves very quickly, so like in depicting a small thing in a video it kind of informs the state of multiple pixels in an localized area across multiple frames within the photo. Kind of like your eyes in a selfie. The wavelength is the set of pixels in the area where your eyes are in the photo.
This is blowing my mind. Happy Tuesday!
P.S. not a physicist 🤣
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