In the The Emperor's New Mind book. While author explains why classical physics fails to explain our universe, says:
The root cause of these is that two kinds of physical object must coexist: particles, each described by a small finite number (six) of parameters (three positions and three momenta); and fields, requiring an infinite number of parameters. This dichotomy is not really physically consistent. For a system with both particles and fields to be in equilibrium (i.e. 'fully settled down'), all energy gets taken from the particles and put into the fields. This is a result of the phenomenon called 'equipartition of energy': at equilibrium, the energy is spread evenly among all the degrees of freedom of the system. Since the fields have infinitely many degrees of freedom, the poor particles get left with none at all. http://www.amazon.com/The-Emperors-New-Mind-Concerning/dp/0192861980
My questions: What does "energy gets taken from the particles and put into the fields" mean? How does this relate with classical physics failure?