Friday, September 30, 2011

Einstein and the speed of light

Clifford V. Johnson, a physicist at the University of Southern California, and author of Asymptotia, one of the best science blogs on the Internet, has written about the recent neutrino experiment that appears to contradict Einstein's special theory of relativity.

For the record: My money's on Einstein. But ultimately that doesn't matter, because the wonderful thing about science is that what's right and wrong is not decided on the basis of status. Or whim. It's decided only on the basis of evidence. And so, perhaps the members of the OPERA consortium will be proved right and a significant hole will have been poked in special relativity. Or perhaps not. The trail of evidence will tell.

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