Wavy Wednesday


The newborn universe may have glowed with light beams moving much faster than they do today, according to a theory that overturns Einstein’s century-old claim that the speed of light is a constant.

João Magueijo, of Imperial College London, and Niayesh Afshordi, of the University of Waterloo in Canada, propose that light tore along at infinite speed at the birth of the universe when the temperature of the cosmos was a staggering ten thousand trillion trillion celsius.

It is a theory Magueijo has being developing since the late 1990s, but in a paper published on Monday he and Afshordi describe for the first time how scientists can finally test the controversial idea. If right, the theory would leave a signature on the ancient radiation left over from the big bang, the so-called cosmic microwave background that cosmologists have observed with satellites.

“We can say what the fluctuations in the early universe would have looked like, and these are the fluctuations that grow to form planets, stars and galaxies,” Afshordi told the Guardian.

The speed of light in a vacuum is considered to be one of the fundamental constants of nature. Thanks to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, it was stamped in the annals of physics more than a century ago at about 1bn km/h. But while general relativity is one of the cornerstones of modern physics, scientists know that the rules of today did not hold at the birth of the universe.

@ TG


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17 Responses to Wavy Wednesday

  1. micki says:

    What choices!! Dr. B, your less-than-stellar Congressional rep is on the list. She looks better than some of the others. But, it’s all relative.

    Interior Secretary
    Requires Senate confirmation

    The Interior Department manages the nation’s public lands and waters. The next secretary will decide the fate of Obama-era rules that stop public land development; curb the exploration of oil, coal and gas; and promote wind and solar power on public lands.

    Jan Brewer Former governor of Arizona

    Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner

    Harold G. Hamm Chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company

    Forrest Lucas President of Lucas Oil Products, which manufactures automotive lubricants, additives and greases.

    Cathy McMorris Rodgers Representative from Washington

    Sarah Palin Former governor of Alaska


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Not buying this so-called theory. I think Poplawski has the answer to the origin question.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Snowing. Going to drizzle later.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    George Monbiot makes for most unhappy reading today…


  5. Den says:

    The Who’s-Who of rotten scoundrels being assembled while we sleep, the giant money-sucking vortex is ready to start up with a rookie at the helm, or,
    before it’s too late


  6. Den says:

    As Frogs we must protest being eaten by inferior beings:


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Home from the symphonic band and symphonic wind ensemble concert. Well done! The most exciting moment was in the first piece by the symphonic wind ensemble when the Brian Hall air conditioning came on and blew Alice’s music, with a solo part it turned out, off her music stand and down into the aisle. I was the closest so I walked over to the other side of the aisle in front of the procenium, picked up the 5 sheet fold and set it up by Alice, on the stage floor. Meantime she had continued to play off the second oboeist’s score and at a pause picked up her music.

    That earned me a big thank you later and I think I am finally back in the lovely young lady’s graces. Anyway, we had a good chat after the concert and after I had had a nice, short chat with Keadrin. Had signaled my approval to Abigail when the symphonic wind ensemble had passed by on the way to their seats, but didn’t see her at the reception after the concert. Did have a chance to chat briefly with four of the music faculty.


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