This question is related to Feynman on inverse square law of EM radiation.
It is basicly the same question except that I don't see that the question was ever answered, and I hope someone will answer it.
First off, inverse square law. You can expect it to apply to anything that spreads out across the same proportional area as it covers the same distance. The area increases with square of distance. It should apply to gravity, electromagnetic force, radiation, to light, etc.
Wikipedia says it applies to gravity, to EM force, to light, to sound in an unconstrained gas, etc.
However, the equations that describe EM force put the static (and constant velocity) force at inverse square law of distance, and radiation (from acceleration in some directions) at simple inverse of distance. Everything in EM force except radiation falls off faster than the radiation, so at near distance there's a component that depends on those, and farther away they are too small to bother with and radiation is all that matters.
My obvious question is what is going on with light that keeps it from spreading out across an area, like everything else. The inverse square law is simple geometry. Why doesn't the geometry work with light? Why is it that when you double the distance, the force from light is cut in half instead of by four?
The previous question had two answers. One of them stated that the inverse square law is true for radiation field intensity. But since intensity of an EM wave is proportional to the square of amplitude, the result is that it falls only linearly. This explanation made no sense to me.
The second answer was that the inverse square law applies to static sources. But when you shake an electric charge then the law doesn't apply and the force drops linearly with distance. This was only a restatement of the question, without the question mark.
How can the force fall only linearly when it spreads through an area, like all the other forces? What allows that to happen?