Particles can be faster than light (E is not equal to mc2): A space master scientist has told Sky News that there will be an “earthquake in physics” if it is true that scientists have proved Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity wrong by breaking the speed of light.
(Einstein said, “Nothing can travel faster than light”.):
Experts at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland believe they have clocked neutrinos travelling fast enough to shatter the central pillar of physics.
But they cannot quite believe it themselves, they say, because according to Einstein’s famous 1905 equation, E=mc^2, it is simply impossible.
“The feeling that most people have is this can’t be right, this can’t be real,” said James Gillies, a spokesman for CERN.
Dr David Whitehouse, a space scientist and author, said that if the experiment is proved to be true then it is a revelation on a par with Einstein’s own theories.
“It is an earthquake, a revolution in physics,” he said.
“As soon as you are arrogant enough to think you understand the universe, the universe comes along and shows you are not right.”
Mr Gillies said the readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to independently verify the measurements before claiming an actual discovery.
“They are inviting the broader physics community to look at what they have done and really scrutinise it in great detail,” he said.
Ideally they want someone elsewhere in the world to repeat the measurements, he said.