This quantum [of light] is a very strange particle, because it has no mass, but for our purposes, what makes it important is that in order for light wave to become a photon, it must take a detour beneath the table. In an unknown realm not covered by Newton’s laws, the transformation takes place.
… As with the neuro-peptides, the quantum allowed nature to become flexible enough to permit the inexplicable transformation of nonmatter into matter, time into space, mass into energy.”(pp. 97-99)
Thus, indeed, quantum theory becomes just a U-shaped detour from the Newtonian straight line! Physicists, who were used to drawing diagrams with straight arrows, invented quantum theory and introduced the U-shaped detour when they encountered “those few things that could not be explained” the straight-line way! This is a puerile oversimplification that could be intended only for toddlers! Quantum physics is a highly mathematical and universal theory, which was discovered over a period of about thirty years by some of the brilliant minds in history, and in no stage of the development of the theory was there a mention of a detour, U-shaped or otherwise!
To Chopra, a wave is conveniently nonmaterial. Waves used to heat and cook food in a microwave oven have no material existence! X-rays, which penetrate human flesh to scatter off bones and other hard objects inside the human body to convey crucial information to a physician, are figments of our imagination! Gamma rays, emitted by nuclear bombs that can devour hundreds of thousands of lives in an instant, are nonmaterial! These are all implications of the ludicrous idea that waves are nonmaterial. In reality, however, all waves are as material as any form of matter we can think of. They move like matter, they carry energy and momentum like matter, and they interact with other particles of matter.
Waves and particles in the real quantum theory
One of the outstanding properties of waves – all waves, not just light – is interference. If you send a wave toward a blocking screen with two appropriately arranged holes (apertures) in it, the two holes can act as two sources whose waves combine to form an interference pattern. The picture on the right shows the interference of two sources of water waves located on the left of the picture. Note the “rays” coming out of these sources. These rays are regions of destructive interference where the waves from the two sources “destroy” each other resulting in a complete absence of wave along the rays.