## 1975a

The following is a paper jointly authored by H. Aspden and D. M. Eagles and
published in Il Nuovo Cimento, v. 30A, pp. 235-238 (1975).

### CALCULATION OF THE PROTON MASS IN A LATTICE MODEL FOR THE AETHER

**Abstract**: A lattice model for the aether is shown to give indications
of a fundamental charged particle of mass M such that: M/m_{e} is equal
to:

(3/4)(108π)^{3}(1843)^{-4/3)}[(3/2)^{1/2)}-1]^{-1}
= 1836.15232

a value very close to the observed proton-electron mass
ratio of 1836.15152(70).
**Commentary**: As for reference [1972a],
this paper was co-authored with Dr. D. M. Eagles of the then-named National
Measurement Laboratory in Sydney, Australia. The author had, by reference [1974a],
reported an advance which had substituted a dimuon mass quantum for the pion in
a correlation function involving the proton, the latter being in the author's
1969 book *'Physics without Einstein'*. This led to discussion with Dr.
Eagles and the appreciation that the muon might be the standard building block
from which protons are formed. Dr. Eagles took the initiative of writing the
paper, again including the emotive word 'aether' in the title and again securing
support from his Laboratory Director for its submission to a reputable
scientific journal. Il Nuovo Cimento is published by the Italian Institute of
Physics. It was 10 years later, in 1985, that Van Dyck, Moore, Farnham and
Schwinberg, reporting on their measurement of the proton-electron mass ratio in
the International Journal of Mass Spectroscopy and Ion Processes, vol. 66, pp.
327-337 (1985), had occasion to refer to our paper, using the words:

"Finally, as a point of interest, Aspden and Eagles have computed
a theoretical value (1836.152320) for this mass ratio by apparent classical
arguments. The value that they calculate is remarkably close to our
experimentally measured value (i.e. within two standard deviations) This is
even more curious when one notes that they published this result several years
before direct precision measurements of this ratio had begun."

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