Scientific Due Diligence

There is a funny thing going on in nutritional sciences that I find difficult to explain, but not completely unheard of. As opticians we are subscribers to the Wave Theory of light as developed by Christian Huygens. This wasn’t always the case. Early in optics history, Newton’s Corpuscular Theory of light was favored even though it wasn’t quite correct. It couldn’t fully explain certain experimental phenomena like diffraction and interference. The current theory of light is encompassed in Quantum Mechanics.  Einstein, in describing the photoelectric effect, essentially combined both Newton’s (particle) and Huygen’s (wave) paradigms. As opticians, we stick to (more…)