Einstein v the neutrino: is it fool speed ahead?

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Scientists cautious over major challenge to relativity. Read more:

Today I found again an article about the cosmic speed limit, a subject the media are dealing with for more than a week now.

I am now bringing some excerpts from this article because scientist there seem to differentiate between ”the cosmic speed limit” and the speed of a “matter” particle such as the neutrino.

So it seems that scientist make a difference between a “matter” particle and a particle that has no matter. The neutrino seems to be a particle that has matter, or may be a particle that sometimes has matter.

It therefore would be interesting to see how scientists define the difference between a particle that has matter and a particle that does not have matter. Is a particle that does not have matter a spiritual particle?

But in all these discussions about the cosmic speed limit this speed limit is not qualified, that mean: does this speed limit apply to everything or just to matter? So the question is: does this speed limit also apply to the transmitting of information as it would be the case when two particles react to each other and these two particles are light years apart?

So here a few excerpts from this article:


Physicists on the team said they were as surprised as their sceptics about the results, which appear to violate the laws of nature as we know them. Going faster than light is just not supposed to happen, according to Einstein’s 1905 special theory of relativity.

The speed of light – 299 792 kilometres per second – has long been considered the cosmic speed limit.

”If you find some matter particle such as the neutrino going faster than light, this is something which immediately shocks everybody, including us,” Ereditato said.

“When Einstein did his relativity, it didn’t destroy what Newton did. In fact, Newton explains 99.9 percent of what is happening around us. But still, in some special conditions of matter, you are forced to use special relativity,” Ereditato said.


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