Three months before his untimely death in Paris in July 1912, Henri Poincaré formulated the conjecture that Planck’s action element could (should) be regarded as constituting a “véritable atome”, i.e. an “atom of motion”, whose integrity arises from the fact that the “points” it contains are equivalent to one another from the standpoint of probability. In this paper we investigate the possibility that this conjecture provides a clue to the origin and nature of dark matter.
The elementary particles listed in the Standard Model of particle
physics have all in common a quantum mechanical attribute which has the
dimension of the xon, suggesting that the xon might be a structural ingredient
of matter. The xon should therefore be included as a full-fledged member in the
SM catalog of elementary particles.
in 1943, renowned Austrian physicist Edwin Schrodinger asked “What is Life?”
thereby invigorating the debate which preoccupied biologists at the time. He
proposed an answer to this question rooted in considerations borrowed from
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. To reveal the missing link in Biology-Physics,
the present Note investigates an alternate answer in which dynamical action,
rather than thermodynamics and energy, plays the fundamental role. It reviews
in particular the process of biological cell replication which may be
considered to define “Life” and might be the macroscopic manifestation of an
underlying quantum physical process in which xons, conveyors of dynamical
action, are the determining agents.