Faster Than Light?

Spongebob

Active Member
I hope you find this interesting. Quote:

"A public Christmas lecture I gave at the University of Warwick on the recent news that neutrinos from CERN might be travelling faster than light"


[video=youtube_share;BjHhGAvv9yg]http://youtu.be/BjHhGAvv9yg[/video]

My son and I attended this Christmas physics lecture at Warwick University.

I found it extremely interesting, if you watch Daniels talk you will see why - hope you enjoy this as much as we did...

By the way - Daniel is 24.






EDIT - sorry people, this should not be in the CT thread, if you would like to move it no problem Mick - or leave it for the regulars to enjoy?
 

Spongebob

Active Member
Fascinating if true, yes. But I'll wait and see how it pans out before getting too excited. It's early days yet. See:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkna...e-casts-doubt-on-faster-than-light-neutrinos/

It keeps changing. Before we went in we were talking to physicists outside (as you do) and they had no clue what the latest news was, they were waiting to hear DS also...

That is the beauty of science, they will keep looking until they prove these neutrinos did go faster than light or until they find another explanation.
 

JFDee

Senior Member.
What I find a bit encouraging is that there seems to be a new generation of scientists who are at ease with popularizing and promoting their trade.

I just learned about Brian Cox and Jim Al-Khalili in Britain, and we have Harald Lesch in Germany. Now it's up to the broadcasters to pick up the thread.
This will probably be easier for the public stations as they have more scope for making decisions. I must commend the BBC for "A Night with the Stars" and other programs which are attractive and have quite some debunking potential at the same time.

Note for example the deconstruction of the "quantum figleaf" that gets employed for all sorts of bunk, delivered by Brian Cox:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f9wcSLs8ZQ
 

Spongebob

Active Member
What I find a bit encouraging is that there seems to be a new generation of scientists who are at ease with popularizing and promoting their trade.

I just learned about Brian Cox and Jim Al-Khalili in Britain, and we have Harald Lesch in Germany. Now it's up to the broadcasters to pick up the thread.
This will probably be easier for the public stations as they have more scope for making decisions. I must commend the BBC for "A Night with the Stars" and other programs which are attractive and have quite some debunking potential at the same time.

Note for example the deconstruction of the "quantum figleaf" that gets employed for all sorts of bunk, delivered by Brian Cox:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f9wcSLs8ZQ


I watched this on TV not long ago (December?) it`s a bit more "fun" than physics, but that`s a good thing.

One thing I do like about Cox is that he is consistent, and funny. Have you seen this outtake where Cox is describing the 2012 Mayan conspiracy?

This is my favourite Brian Cox moment:

Prof Brian Cox explores the possibility that the World may end in 2012 at the end of the Mayan Long Count.

[video=youtube_share;3zBqRLK_ESs]http://youtu.be/3zBqRLK_ESs[/video]

:D
 

Spongebob

Active Member
A bit dated now but relevant...

[video=youtube_share;DJHsVPa1BXs]http://youtu.be/DJHsVPa1BXs[/video]
 

Spongebob

Active Member
He's a PhD physics student, which makes him pretty expert in my book.

This is old news though. The FTL aberration was shown to be faulty equipment in the experiment.

Dan is a Particle Physicist working on the T2K neutrino oscillation experiment.


He was the first to say when the neutrinos were NOT found to be travelling faster than light speed.

If only the same stringent methods applied to all claims, honesty would indeed be the best policy.
 
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