Maths overtakes the speed of light
2012-10-12 0:00

By Morgan Pettersson | Cosmos



New mathematical formulas have expanded Einstein’s theory of special relativity to allow for travel beyond the speed of light, potentially changing the way we view the Universe and judge distances.

Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity, published in 1905, interprets motion based on different frames of reference in space and time. The new mathematical formulas are based on the same principles, but – unlike Einstein – the mathematicians have allowed for a hypothetical infinite velocity.

“The new theories provide a framework in which we may discuss relative velocities in excess of the speed of light without resorting to the introduction of imaginary masses or complicated physics,” the researchers wrote in the paper, published in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

“Essentially we have extended Einstein’s theory of special relativity beyond the speed of light,” added co-author James Hill, an applied mathematician at the University of Adelaide in South Australia.

Insight into dark energy, dark matter and black holes

The series of mathematical formulas in the new theory are yet to be tested, and Hill confessed that without physical testing it is difficult to state the implications of the results.

“We have identified a theory that is beyond the speed of light and maybe it will give an insight into issues like dark energy and dark matter and those topics,” said Hill.

“Essentially it sort of breaks the world up into two parts, we’ve got our Universe and then there is this place where everything is going faster than the speed of light and it could well be the key to understanding things like black holes and colliding galaxies.”

“An entirely new theory”

Theoretical physicist Craig Savage from the Australian National University in Canberra said the research is interesting, but suggested caution until the findings have been tested.

“The theory doesn’t say anything about the world as we know it. However, if the world it hypothesises exists, then it seems to me the theory predicts some strange results for hypothetical faster-than-light physicists,” he said.

Savage also said that this was the kind of research that mathematicians rather than physicists would conduct.

“It’s a technical issue, and we just started to think about how we would deal with this technical issue," Hill said. "I think the secret is to not look at it directly, but rather to come up with an entirely new theory."


Article from: cosmosmagazine.com




Related Articles
Will we ever travel faster than the speed of light?
Scientists speculate Higgs boson discovery could make light-speed travel possible
Mystery Signal Faster than Speed of Light
College Dropout Becomes Mathematical Genius After Severe Beating
Beauty of Mathematics
Children of a Lesser God - Einstein’s Offspring
Boy with higher IQ than Einstein develops his own theory of relativity
Einstein was right, you can be in two places at once


Latest News from our Front Page

Facebook’s New ‘Chinese-style’ Political Censorship System Goes Global
2015-01-29 4:35
Last week 21WIRE reported on Facebook’s new communitarian policy whereby readers can ‘flag’ content as “fake news” if they believe it’s not real, or if they do not like it. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo False Flag event, the social media giant is now allowing governments to determine what is ‘good free speech’, and what is not. “An article ...
"Cheerful" Dutch Financier Becomes 4th ABN Amro Banker Suicide
2015-01-28 23:47
Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen - the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years. As Quotenet reports, the death of Van Eghen - the head of ABN's corporate finance and capital markets -"startled" friends and colleagues as ...
West’s tributes to late Saudi King reveal hypocrisy not democracy
2015-01-27 2:16
Hypocrisy is not usually regarded as a virtue of leadership, yet judging by the gushing tributes paid to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah by various Western governments and establishment figures on his death, there are those who believe it should be. In the UK this hypocrisy has been stretched to breaking point with the decision to fly the flags over Downing ...
Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys
2015-01-27 2:34
Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood. "This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease," said Michael Doyle, executive ...
Furguson Scared The Super - Rich So Bad They're Planning Exits
2015-01-27 0:22
According to a speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Ferguson and Occupy absolutely terrified the world’s super-rich, and now they’re buying airstrips and farms in remote locations to escape to. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which was held between January 21-24, over 2,500 leaders in the fields of business, international politics, academia and journalism met to discuss ...
More News »