The Nature of Time


IN NATUBE of Jan. 31, p. 163, F. O. Wollaston and K. W. Miller suggest that time consists of discrete sections: that is, time has an interrupted structure. The element of time is assumed to be equal to h/mc2, where m is the mass of the electron. In connexion with this subject, it should be noted that a similar idea was put forward by Robert Lévy,1 and was afterwards worked out more closely by myself,2 Gottfried Beck,3 Wilhelm Anderson,4 and Seitarô Sùzuki.5 In this way it was possible to establish a range of regularities bearing upon astrophysics and the nature of cosmic rays.6 These regularities also correspond well with Dirac's7 theory of protons and electrons. In all these cases, however, it is necessary to take a smaller element of time than that shown above. This elementary interval is equal to h/Mc2, where M is the mass of the proton.


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    Robert Lévy, C.R., 183, 1026 ; 1926.

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    G. I. Pokrowski, Zeitschr. f Phys., 51, 730, 737 ; 1928.

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    Gottfried Beck, Zeitschr. f. Phys., 53, 675 ; 1929.

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    Wilhelm Anderson, Zeitschr. f. Phys., 55, 386 ; 1929.

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    Seitarô Sùzuki, Phys. Zeitschr., 31, 619 ; 1930.

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    E. Regener, Naturwiss., 17, 183 ; 1929.

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    G. T. Pokrowski, Zeitschr. f. Phys., 66, 129 ; 1930.

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POKROWSKI., G. The Nature of Time. Nature 127, 667 (1931).

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