Brief history of qm view
     The law of the constant speed of light, c, is a cornerstone of modern physics theory. According to this law, an observer in a spaceship moving rapidly toward a source of light (e.g. star below) and an observer in a ship moving away from the source both measure the same speed of the source's photons arriving at their ships (i.e. 3E8 m/s). The qm view project began as a search for how this strange constant light speed is possible. Various ideas were investigated, and one approach involving a light-propagating medium appeared plausible. The concept was described in a manuscript and submitted to Physical Review A where the reviewer wrote, "You have committed yourself to an interesting but perhaps futile cause." The review pointed out the fact that special relativity is "consistent with experiments" and asked, "Why should science look toward a new theory if the present one is unchallenged? Would a new model have any advantage?" This was in 1995, when many advantages of the qm view were not apparent and we had no idea of the difficulty one encounters in proposing a theory that is contrary to orthodox thinking.

     Over the years, further investigation revealed that a quantum medium explained other important phenomena including acceleration and gravity forces. This also increased the view's complexity and the time commitment for someone trying to understand it. At various stages, manuscripts describing the qm view were submitted to other journals without success. For example, the response from the American Journal of Physics was that the manuscript was "not appropriate." An editorial in the March, 2000 issue of this journal revealed why it was not appropriate. The editorial explained the difficult job of deciding which manuscripts are good and which are bad, and it said the following.

You need a good "nonsense detector." By that I mean not simply the ability to spot crackpot papers or those that purport to overthrow special relativity by falling victim to common misunderstandings - - those are easy.

     The belief, that it is nonsense to suggest an alternative to relativity theory, is widespread. This lack of interest in learning about the qm view may be due to not understanding that special relativity theory can agree perfectly with experimental evidence and still be fundamentally incorrect. And by nature, many people are unreceptive to ideas that are contrary to what they believe and what they teach. Some, on the other hand, have been helpful by investigating the qm view carefully and providing feedback. No one has found a flaw in the view, such as an internal inconsistency or disagreement with experimental evidence. Some have correctly observed that the qm view has similarities to H. A. Lorentz's ether theory. The similarities are to be expected because both theories involve a light-propagating medium. A fundamental difference between the theories is that, in the qm view, atoms and the constituents of atoms are dynamic systems of energy within which energy is constantly being transferred via the medium. The qm view indicates that electrons, nucleons, and other subatomic "particles" are more complex than generally believed.

     Through recent years, as the qm view was investigated further, it was found to be consistent with more evidence and able to explain logical physical causes for more phenomena. This increased the odds that the view is correct and that the constant speed of light, c, has been an illusion. The following documents indicate the chronology of the qm view project. This website is a condensation of these documents.

View of real and virtual phenomena for bodies and observers in constant velocity motion. (© 1994)
Effects of motion of bodies and observers in an energy-transferring quantum medium. (© 1995)
Effects on bodies and observers of a nonuniform quantum medium and nonlinear motion. (© 1996)
Quantum Medium View (© 1998)
On Inertia and Mass/energy. (© 2000)
Newton's Second Law in the Quantum Medium View. (© 2000)
Consequences of a medium through which photons are propagated. (© 2000 and poster presented at AAAS 2000 Annual Meeting)
Physical causes for relativistic and related phenomena. (© 2000 and poster presented at AAAS 2002 Annual Meeting)
On the propagation of light. (© 2004)
Quantum Medium View: How the ether was misunderstood, space & time illusions, and a deeper understanding of nature. (© 2005)*
Anomalous planet-orbit precession as explained by Quantum Medium View. (© 2008)
Various Quantum Medium View Videos (© 2010-2011)
Equations of the qm view (© 2012)
Facts needed to understand the qm view (© 2012)
Light speed, c, experiment (© 2013)
Relativity clocks paradox experiment (© 2013)
Tube and rod paradox experiment (© 2013)
Thread-breaking experiment (© 2013)
Harmonies of Illusions, past and present (© 2013)
Simple example of multiple causes of light speed, c (© 2013)
Doppler effects and their physical causes (© 2013)
Mass/energy in the qm view (© 2014)
Light speed, c, illusion (© 2014)
Re The search for Newton's constant (© 2014)
Light speed measuring experiment and the qm view (© 2014)
Energy quanta exchanges in the qm view (© 2015)
Physical causes behind the twins paradox (© 2015)
Factors affecting planet orbit anomalous precession (© 2015)
Constant Light Speed – Timeline (© 2015)

     Starting in 2001, the quantum medium view was explained in considerable detail at the peterallport.com website, and in 2007 the qmview.net website was established in an attempt to explain the view more clearly and succinctly. Videos were also made in a further attempt to make the qm view easier for more people to understand. These YouTube videos are available by clicking the "qmv videos" icon on page 1 or on the author's home page.

Introduction to the Quantum Medium View - Part I and Part II
Constant Light Speed, c, in the Quantum Medium View
Time Travel in the Quantum Medium View
Rotation to detect the quantum medium
Matter and Energy in the Quantum Medium View
Inertia in the Quantum Medium View
Gravity in the Quantum Medium View
Doppler Energy Shifts in the Quantum Medium View

P. F. Allport
(Link to home page of author)

* This booklet was available in hardcopy and in pdf downloadable form. It can be downloaded by clicking here.


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