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Einstein Theory Proven Correct

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 23, 2012

The name Albert Einstein has almost mystical connotations due to the magnitude of his contributions to modern physics.  As a young man in his 20s, beginning in about 1905 and continuing for approximately 10 years, Einstein published his most famous theories including one on relativity.  He spent the second half of his life in a failed search for a unified theory that would tie together the key principles of physics, in essence determining why the universe is what it is.

While Einstein is best known for his theory of relativity and his famous equation, e=mc2, he is also credited with many other important theories including one that theorized that the speed of light (186,000 miles a second) could not be exceeded, (the “c” part of his most famous equation). This week, Gautam Naik published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled Unreal Finding May Be Just That concerning some modern physicists who thought they proved Einstein wrong concerning his speed of light theory.

Last September scientists using the most advanced equipment in Geneva, Switzerland announced that they had observed particles called neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light.  Quite a bit of excitement was created by this finding, however more recently it was proven false and likely caused by a malfunctioning cable that took the advanced equipment out of calibration.

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last, that findings have been flawed by malfunctioning equipment.  As Naik points out, a couple of decades ago the Hubble Space Telescope was sending back skewed data because of defective equipment and had to repaired by astronauts.  In 1999,  the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft was destroyed entering the Martian atmosphere because scientist failed to convert English Imperial Units to Metric.

Besides reconfirming the genius of Albert Einstein, Naik’s op-ed again points to the imperfection of modern science, even against common sense and old science, which Einstein’s theories are now part of.  This reality should be enough to bring in the question those that are so dogmatic about the science behind man-made global warming.  That science is based on some of the most complex modeling ever devised.  The potential costs of setting policies based on what is no better than part science and part art could have catastrophic effects on the cost and availability of the basic staples required to support humanity in the future.  The zealous believers in the theory of man-made global warming who have created such an alarm over this possibility, ignore the real dangers to man should they be wrong.

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