Proving Einstein Wrong

Discussion in 'Physics & Math' started by Sheldon Pereira, Sep 29, 2002.

  1. Sheldon Pereira Registered Member

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    This is quite an interesting forum. I have reading articles here for a couple of days and thought that I would finally register and ask a question.

    I live in Toronto, Canada and there was an article published in the local papers about Australian scientists that were attempting to prove the Theory of Relativity wrong by proving that the speed of light is slowing down.

    Can anybody recommend a website, or if anybody has an article please post it. Suggestion are also welcome.

    Thanks for all your help.

    Sheldon
     
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  3. kastner Purposely left blank Registered Senior Member

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    The article in question is a brief communication in a recent issue of Nature, Vol 418, pp 602-603. They suggest that the thermodynamics of a black hole might be the proper place to test the theories of the "constants" changing.
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    You'd also have to assume that black holes really exist and are not some exotic form of matter related to Bose-Einstein Condensates:
    http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0204/28blackbubble/
     
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  5. Merlijn curious cat Registered Senior Member

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    "I live in Toronto, Canada and there was an article published in the local papers about Australian scientists that were attempting to prove the Theory of Relativity wrong by proving that the speed of light is slowing down."
    In what way would the evolution of the value of c prove Einstein wrong? Would it not be (in effect) a rescaling of Minkowskian geometry?
     
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  7. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    That story seems to have been a media beat-up by Paul Davies. There is some evidence that the speed of light may have slowed down, but the evidence needs careful checking. My personal opinion is that it is dubious.
     
  8. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    Even if it proved Einstein wrong, you'd have to understand that for many years Einstein took a value that he discovered and then tried to prove it wrong.

    In most cases it meant anything that didn't amount to anything, isn't discussed nowadays.

    As for light slowing down, I would guess it would just be down to the energy eventually decreasing over distance from risidual trace been left and dispersing along the path it took.

    Which means it fades, and has a spectral shift (which means the wavelengths change)
     
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  10. On Radioactive Waves lost in the continuum Registered Senior Member

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    wouldn't the speed of light been infinite at the point when the big bang was a singularity? (can that term be applied here?)
     
  11. Emfuser Registered Senior Member

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    Nobody really knows the real physics of space-time around a quantum singularity (as far as I've heard). Physics as we know it goes out the window when you get close enough to one.

    Check around the net and see what you can find.
     
  12. On Radioactive Waves lost in the continuum Registered Senior Member

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    i have... thats why i asked. i usually only ask questions here after i've had no luck finding out myself

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  14. On Radioactive Waves lost in the continuum Registered Senior Member

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    so it traveled at the speed of inflation up until the point of inflation?
     
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