Whoa! Not So Fast.

Faster-Than-Light Result at CERN Probably Experimental Error

You may remember reading recently about experiments at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, which produced data showing that neutrinos can travel faster than light. The results were reported by the OPERA Collaboration at CERN.

Naturally, this result, if verified, would unravel Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. According to this theory, the speed of light is a constant and cannot be exceeded. It’s the basis of much of today’s physics.

Well, as it turns out, the surprising result may have been caused by a loose cable to a GPS timing system in the experiment! According to a report in “Science” (2-March-12), scientists who wished not to be identified, said that a few persistent researchers identified the problem after conducting tests that some of the OPERA Collaboration leaders initially opposed.

Light’s absolute speed remains unchallenged!

Looks like Einstein’s theory holds…at least for now.

BTW, is there a management lesson hiding in this story? I think so!

2 thoughts on “Whoa! Not So Fast.

  1. Makes you wonder how many of the things we “know” where caused by a loose cable?

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