Swiss Scientists Challenge Einstein's Law of Relativity

Friday, September 23, 2011

Einstein's Law of Relativity is one of the few scientific equations most people know — and it's a pillar of modern physics and fundamental to the way that the universe works. The equation states that nothing is faster than the speed of light, but one of the world's foremost laboratories says they've found subatomic particles called neutrinos that travel even faster. If their findings are proven true, it may alter our understanding of the universe.

David Kaiser, physics and history of science professor at MIT and author of "How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival," and Brian Greene, professor of physics at Columbia University and author of "The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory," explain what, if anything, these findings mean.

Guests:

David Kaiser

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [7]

mushfiq ahmad from Dhaka, Bangladesh

James M. Hill and Barry J. Cox have presented an important paper, "Einstein's special relativity beyond the speed of light" doi: 10.1098/rspa.2012.0340. Lambert Academic Publishing has published (ISBN: 978-3-659-26819-9) Mushfiq Ahmad's book, "Reciprocal symmetry and relativity beyond the speed of light". These works extend Einstein's theory of special relativity beyond the speed of light.

Nov. 11 2012 10:15 AM
RUMAN MUNSHI from Kolkata,India

Yeah i also think so that there are other things also present in the universe which is faster than light.

Oct. 11 2011 06:24 AM
KS from London, GB

Here's the link of a newspaper where news can be found about two bangladeshi scientists who challenged theory of relativity
http://www.theindependentbd.com/paper-edition/frontpage/129-frontpage/74193-path-breaking-discovery-in-physics-under-way.html

Oct. 07 2011 09:03 PM
KS from London,England

i just read today that two bangladeshi scientists from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh have challenged the theory of relativity. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Osman Gani and Dr. Mushfiq Ahmed said they found that neutrino is faster than light. They were working on it for last 20 years and they made up 3 equations and found some prime constant numbers. I read it from a bengali newspaper and their they said they are ready with their research work and within a few days they will come in front of international media. They are waiting for the govt assistant.
Heres the link of that bengali newspaper

Oct. 07 2011 08:07 PM
pallab from Bangladesh

I think its true.The speed of light is not the highest
speed in the universe.

Oct. 02 2011 01:27 PM
Dana from the great Northwest

A thought: The infintessimal difference may equate to something of a 'rounding number'. Knowing nothing of how the instrumation is connected and inter-connected, might not the gap-in-time be due to the limitations of the equipement and possible, extremely slight varriations caused at the points of connection, and not in the actual instrumentation.

Sep. 24 2011 03:14 PM
Markus from Rhode Island

Really? I thought the only thing faster than light is Texas Governor Rick Perry's willingness to execute inmates!

Sep. 23 2011 06:56 AM

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