What are the implications of faster than light neutrinos?

22 November 2011

Question

What are the implications of faster than light neutrinos? What aspects of the Einstein model does this change?

Answer

Dave - The whole thing is working on the axiom, the assumption, that the speed of light is the maximum speed you can go. I mean there are possibly some ways in which you could conceive that it wouldn't entirely break it and possibly, if space was really curved - space is a bit curved on Earth because there is a load of mass in the Earth and mass bends space - you could imagine that maybe the neutrinos are kind of taking a shortcut around the curve or something odd, but yes, we don't know fundamentally. We would need to know how something is going faster than light. We don't even know if the results are, real or not.

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