Faster than the Speed of Light? A New Theory Says, “Yes” -A Galaxy Insight
A brilliant young physicist JoÃ£o Magueijo asks the heretical question: What if the speed of lightâ€”now accepted as one of the unchanging foundations of modern physicsâ€”were not constant?Magueijo, a 40-year old native of Portugal, puts forth the heretical idea that in the very early days of the universe light traveled fasterâ€”an idea that if proven could dethrone Einstein and forever change our understanding of the universe. He is a pioneer of the varying speed of light (VSL) theory of cosmology -an alternative to the more mainstream theory of cosmic inflation- which proposes that the speed of light in the early universe was of 60 orders of magnitude faster than its present value
Solving the most intractable problems of cosmology in one brilliant leap, Magueijoâ€™s varying-speed-of-light theory (VSL) would have stunning implications for space travel, black holes, time dilation, and string theoryâ€”and could help uncover the grand unified theory that ultimately eluded Einstein.
Joao Magueijo’s radical ideas intend to turn that Einsteinian dogma on its head. Marueijo is trying to pick apart one of Einsteinâ€™s most impenetrable tenets, the constancy of the speed of light. This idea of a constant speed (about 3Ã—106 meters/second) -is known as the universal speed limit. Nothing can, has, or ever will travel faster than light.
Ok, so if the speed of light slows down enough, time travel is a real possibility? Reboot, where are you?
The Daily Galaxy