Laws can be rewritten. And the government seems to like writing new ones. But the laws of physics are generally thought to be immutable, are they not? But what if they are not? Or what if we've just been wrong about what some of those laws are?
The speed of light is thought the universe's ultimate speed limit at 186,000 miles per second. Supposedly nothing can go faster than that.
But it was recently reported that a group of researchers measured neutrinos pumped from CERN had arrived 60 nanoseconds faster than light would have.
That's a pretty bold claim, considering that Einstein's theory of special relativity states that the speed of light is the cosmic constant.
Could it be an error though?
Well, the Washington Post has reported a second experiment has reached the same result. The article suggests more tests are needed and on other experiment setups, but if the two completed experiments are correct, then the result could shake up the world of physics. What would that mean for Einstein's theory of special relativity and study of physics in general? Would physicists have to rewrite many years of research and the 'laws' of physics? Would new models have to be formed?
And if neutrinos can travel faster than light, is there anything else that could go faster also? And what would the cosmic speed limit be -- or would there even be a cosmic speed limit?