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From: "James Wynn" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Father Inire's Mirrors and Wolfe Physics
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2003 11:12:15 -0500

After Crush posted the following:
> > but I did find a website that offers an experiment that permits one
> > to see it in action (also I'm led to understand transistors incorporate
> > QT???):
> > http://www.altair.org/Qtunnel.htm

Michael Buice helped well as he could:
>  I don't want to be obnoxious, but this is the same experiment I
> described in my previous post about tunneling, and it is completely
> accounted for by Classical Physics, no Quantum Mechanics required.

Crush responds:
After stating "I don't want to be obnoxious" you should have said "but I
can't help myself". That would have at least engendered some sympathy.

I didn't receive your post before writing mine, nor did I get a chance to
read your post before sending it - although I'm sure you can imagine that I
normally let nothing interfere with the chance for your wisdom to drop upon
ignorance-parched tongue. If I confirmed your explanation, what of it?

I think I made it clear that I am not an expert in physics -- nor that I
should be trusted with higher mathematics. That's why I posed the questions
to experts. The website presents the experiment as an example of quantum
tunnelling. If quantum tunneling does not require quantum mechanics, then
that's fine by me.

After Crush posted the following
> > While this experiment involves a prism instead of a mirror, one could
> > *imagine* it being done with mirrors.

Michael Buice said:
> I don't understand what experiment you're proposing.

Crush responds:
That because I didn't propose an experiment. However, the first prism *does*
operate *practically* as a mirror tilted at a 45 degree angle. I recognize
that no genuine mirror would be practical for the experiment described. Yet,
I can *imagine* that if one *did* successfully replace the first prism with
a mirror that the second prism could be replaced as well -- I was thinking
in terms of plot-device rather than practical engineering.  But Father
Inire's mirror's are not real mirrors either. Perhaps they're some sort of
cosmic prisms.

Michael Buice said:
> If you're interested, when my copy of Shadow & Claw is returned to me
> I'll endeavor an examination of the matter.

Please, please don't make me wait too long.

-- Crush


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