Speed of Light

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ShoeshineBoy, Aug 9, 2003.

  1. nitro


    Yes. A very small instant of time after the creation, for a very brief instant.

    BTW, note that Einstein's Theory of Relativity does not say that nothing can travel faster than light, only that if something is traveling slower than light, it cannot _accelerate_ past it. If it is already going faster than light, that is not a problem. Also note that at the heart of the discussion is the notion that it is _information_ that cannot travel faster than light, which leads to Apect's EPR verification...

    #11     Aug 9, 2003
  2. nitro


    Aspect's verification of the EPR "paradox" is, in my mind, the most astonishing discovery in the history of the world. IMHO, there is no deeper insight in all of science, and understanding the mechanism by which the Universe performs this feat will change the history of mankind to a level seen _at_least_ in Science Fiction stories like Star Trek...

    To me, it says that understanding of the way the Universe _truly_ works still awaits us about 1000 years in the future.

    #12     Aug 9, 2003
  3. Thanks for the posts guys. I never dreamed one simple question could get this much good stuff, although a lot of it blows my mind.

    The mind as a hologram is fascinating. I remember some years back reading a book by Penrose (one of the co-discovers with Hawking of the "Space/Time Theory of Relativity") arguing that the brain was MUCH too complex/powerful to function by our current understanding.

    And I think the human brain stores way more than 5 encyclopedias worth of information in it as well. If you've ever watched a child learn to use a spoon, the neuron signal patterns for that alone would fill a few pages. Add to basic physical movements things like subtle interpretation and observations of human speech/movement and you've got 5 encyclopedias by the time someone is two years old!
    #13     Aug 10, 2003
  4. Also, I clicked on GG's link and my browser couldn't open it. I don't know whether it was Amazon or what. But can someone put down the title/author?
    #14     Aug 10, 2003
  5. cartm


    Read The Elegant Universe..........and then maybe Hyperspace........then after those 2 pm me and I will tell you what else is good and not so good.
    #15     Aug 10, 2003
  6. With pleasure...
    #16     Aug 10, 2003
  7. nitro


    The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
    by Brian Greene

    #17     Aug 10, 2003
  8. thx - i'm looking forward to it.
    #18     Aug 10, 2003
  9. #19     Aug 11, 2003

  10. You should have been reading trading books....keep you feet and your mind on the ground gordo:p

    BTW....If you were in a car travelling at the speed of light and it got dark out, what would happen if you turned on your lights?:confused:
    #20     Aug 11, 2003