Neutrino Speed-of-Light Watch: Stephen Hawking Refuses to Comment Yet

Concerning the Italian researchers’ discovery that neutrinos may be exceeding the speed of light, this is at Reuters today:

“It is premature to comment on this,” Professor Stephen Hawking, the world’s most well-known physicist, told Reuters. “Further experiments and clarifications are needed.”

Here’s the problem (again, according to Reuters):

In Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, which underpins the current view of how the universe works, nothing can travel faster than light — 300,000 kms, or 186,000 miles, per second — because its mass would become impossibly infinite.

And it would also violate cause and effect: the neutrinos would be arriving in the future before the future actually arrives!

I suppose, if confirmed, this would suggest that we live in some sort of a block universe in which the appearance of time’s passage is an illusion. Expect Calvinists everywhere, as well as other determinists, to claim their crowing rights: “We told you so!” But it’s not so easy to imagine what this might do to, say, the criminal justice system. How do you prosecute people utterly lacking in free will? And how do you not prosecute them if you are already determined to do so?

Scientists may soon be telling us all that we are utterly and completely puppets (of course, quite a number of them already are).

But some bloggers are speculating that the neutrinos are taking shortcuts through other dimensions (perhaps giving a boost to string theory but also maybe saving cause and effect and something like free will).

So, from threats of nuclear terrorism to string theory confirmation—to the potential overthrow of Einstein and human free will—we definitely live in disorienting times.

And did you know that some physicists speculate that our experience of three dimensional space is actually a holographic projection from two dimensions? I wonder how that fits in with this neutrino/speed-of-light mystery.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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8 Responses to Neutrino Speed-of-Light Watch: Stephen Hawking Refuses to Comment Yet

  1. philippeb8 says:

    I wrote my own theory proving FTL is possible. Please read my blog:
    http://finitetheory.wordpress.com/

  2. Parth Jani says:

    Neutrino’s speed : many experiments more needed because Einstein was said Light’s acceleration as Constant! it use on many theory like Chandrasekhar’s white dwarf and Also mostly by sir hawking in black hole’s equalization! I used that theory in TIME TRAVEL:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/67448124/Jani-s-model-of-time-travel

  3. Stanislav Hladik says:

    Speed of neutrino.
    The OPERA experiment probably confirms conclusion what results of considerations in connection with Theory of everything: speed of light c increases in system with great density of energy (this presumption connects with mass of nucleons).
    The neutrino contains unclosed mass wave and moves always by defined speed near to speed of light vc (considerations in connection with Theory of everything).
    Conclusion: the speed near to speed of light of neutrino can be greater than speed of light in vacuum in system with great density of energy (body of Earth is system with great density of energy).

  4. Anonymous says:

    licht! Is iets dat ongrijpbaar is

  5. PRASHANT says:

    EXCEEDING THE SPEED OF LIGHT MEANS THAT THE PARTICLE HAS GOT AN INFINITE MASS AND MAY BE DOING TIME TRAVEL! IF THATS SO THEN HOW ARE WE ESTIMMATING THAT THE “SAME” PARTICLE HAS REACHED ANOTHER PLACE IN THAT FIXED PERIOD OF TIME ..

    • Anonymous says:

      EXCEEDING THE SPEED OF LIGHT MEANS THAT Einstein was wrong. If Einstein was wrong then time travel is also wrong.

      Read my theory, the aforementioned link.

  6. Anonymous says:

    one pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small…

  7. lady says:

    People assume that neutrino do not effect the mass they pass though yet they do is slowing down or accelerating their speed, Current science has failed to perceive that a vacuum effect may also exist in lower emanation than this temporal reality and that pick up the speed effect as it hits anti-matter and back to higher confines it as the also plays roles with black matter and many other objects in existence.

    Whatever i guess you have have ones on theory of Super string theory that includes each insignificant detail a particle moving and all its roles not just its principles in gross but the individual principles in each sub layer high and low through string.

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