(republished on 07/13/06)
(published on 04/28/11)
When Maxwell first came up with his famous equations for electromagnetism, he tried to make a mechanical model with little gears and wheels and things. It was quickly dropped because it added nothing but complication to the field equations.
You have various verbal assertions about what a field "really" is. You say it's not made out of monopoles, but I've never heard of anyone suggesting that it is. You say it has nothing to do with photons, i.e. quantum mechanics. Your picture sounds like it wouldn't fit with special relativity.
The combination of special relativity and quantum mechanics allows calculations of things that can be measured. For example, it gives a prediction for the electron gyromagnetic ratio. Experimentally, the value is 2.00231930462, with a little uncertainty in the last decimal place. "The QED prediction agrees with the experimentally measured value to more than 10 significant figures..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomalous_magnetic_dipole_moment
What value does your model give?
p.s. I can't resist giving the first two lines of a ~ 100 page interview that the Chemical Heritage Foundation conducted with a scientist (my father) who had been working with magnets for ~ 90 years. "As a kid I discovered that I could make the pins in a box stand up, and by moving a magnet around, I could make them march. I had no idea what a magnetic field was and I suspect I have no idea still what a magnetic field is, except for some of the things it does."
(published on 09/05/13)