Recently scientists believe that they have observed a neutrino – a subatomic particle –traveling faster than the speed of light. Now as “everybody” knows, nothing can exceed the speed of light. This was a theorem postulated by Albert Einstein himself. As nearly as I can understand, as speed increases, so does mass and at the speed of light, the mass approaches infinity.
So much for Weight Watchers.
If the observation is accurate, also so much for Einstein’s theorem. Of course when you’re observing sub atomic particles, there is margin of error issues. These start with the fact that you can’t actually see the neutrino because of its infinitesimally small size so you’re observing an effect caused by something, caused by something else, caused by still something else. It’s kind of like playing the childhood game of telephone with a bunch of physicists.
A theorem is an idea. We theorize that Pi is man infinite number that never repeats. That means we have evidence that contributes to that belief, but it remains a theorem because it cannot be proven. The beauty of a theorem is that it continues to challenge us. It is still worth thinking about, because there may well be something not yet discovered associated with it. In a nutshell it remains a challenge.
Too many allegedly scientific people have lost the joy of discovery and traded it for ego. “I proclaim that [Fill In the Blank] is absolutely true even though I cannot prove it. Don’t bother questioning it anymore, and most certainly do not question ME!”
If Einstein’s theories are still subject to clarification or even refutation, it’s hard to believe that others are so much smarter than him that their pet theory is irrefutable without proof.
Discovery and intellectual pursuit, like life, are journeys – not destinations. Revel in the wonder of learning and exploring. Be joyous that you aren’t so smart as to have figured it all out. Life’s a journey, but a short one; enjoy the wonderment.