Einstein Was Right All Along: ‘Faster-Than-Light’ Neutrino Was Product of Error


Time magazine has the story, Einstein Was Right All Along: ‘Faster-Than-Light’ Neutrino Was Product of Error.

Today, the CERN team announced that the GPS system used to adjust the mechanism that timed the neutrinos’ journey had a loose fiber optic cable. When it was fixed — and its mistaken readings scrubbed from the data — the 60-nanosecond difference disappeared.

That did not come as much of a surprise to generations of physicists and students who have come to see Einstein’s word as law. And, according to Ars Technica, it did not come as a surprise to Sergio Bertolucci, CERN’s head of research. When asked before the glitch was discovered if he believed the neutrinos really did get to the Apennine Mountains so fast, he said he had his doubts, “because nothing in Italy arrives ahead of time.”

It’s good to know that I don’t have to relearn everything I have known about physics since my college days, if you can believe what you read in Time. I stopped reading Time when I realized they cared more about the aesthetics of the pages of the magazine than they cared about the truth of the magazine.  In the case of these two article I quote today, you see that Time articles must have some breezy humor in them.  That makes me suspicious that style is still more important to Time than substance.

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