According to a recent article in Science Insider, physicists at CERN are now saying their inability to reproduce Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity last year could have been caused by a loose cable. Einstein’s theory has remained the adopted perspective of how the universe works and is a critical theory in the field of physics that he introduced in 1905.
An article published on September 29, 2011 by the NY Times titled, “Was Einstein Wrong?,” says, “With so much at stake, you can bet that those invisible little neutrinos will now be getting a lot of attention.” Those neutrinos are getting a lot of attention and only because the speed at which they traveled in the CERN experiment may not have been measured correctly.
CERN made have had a loose fiber optic cable connecting their GPS system to their computer. Further testing is necessary to conclude that it is the source of the miscalculation. The real question is, can neutrinos could travel fractions of a second faster than light? Probably not.
Basically, Einsteins theory says that nothing can travel faster than light. Therefore, when CERN reported that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos could travel fractions of a second faster than light everyone was at a loss. Is Einsteins theory dis-proven, or does CERN need to check all of their cable connections? What comes next, time travel? CERN is expected to make a full statement early on Thursday according to the report.
More about Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity can be found here at Academic Earth.