Ah, an even more elegant argument against ZPE than the off-mass shell
argument. Thanks for that tip, Brent. :-)
On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> On 6/25/2013 1:27 PM, Stephen Paul King wrote:
> One wonders why this simple observed fact does not percolate down to the
> masses that continue to spout nonsense that is contrary to the fact. The
> zero point energy is, at best, electromagnetic in nature and since it is
> off-mass-shell" cannot contribute to the momentum-energy source of
> curvature. This also implies that there is no such thing as Planck scale
> The zero point energy of a field is negative for bosons (like photons) and
> positive for fermions. The theory predicts *+*hbar*w/2 for each degree
> of freedom (e.g. 2 for a photon). This is what produces what Weinberg
> called the "worst prediction in theoretical physics". But if you use the
> holographic principle and count only the degrees of freedom proportional to
> the surface area (instead of volume) of the hubble sphere you get an energy
> density close to the observed dark energy value.
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