Faster Than the Speed of Light

Faster Than the Speed of Light

The Story of A Scientific Speculation

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
A theoretical physicist challenges Einstein's theory of special relativity with a new theory on the varying speed of light that suggests that light traveled faster in the early universe than it does today, explaining how key problems in cosmology are solved by VSL theory.

Perseus Publishing
Destined to be one of the most hotly debated books of the year-the fascinating story of how one brilliant young physicist's heretical idea may dethrone Einstein and forever change the way we see the universe

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, and light travels at one fixed speed. This idea is considered a foundation of modern physics, but what if it is wrong?Theoretical physicist Magueijo presents the idea that light traveled faster in the early universe than it does today. The varying speed of light theory solves some of the most intractable problems in cosmology, and could have major implications for the study of physics.


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In traditional Big Bang theories, there is a problem in describing why separate "regions" of the early Universe were able to homogeneously and simultaneously expand when they couldn't "communicate" because light hadn't had time to travel between them. Magueijo (theoretical physics, Imperial College, UK) has sought to resolve this and other contradictions of physics by controversially suggesting that the speed of light is in fact not an Einsteinian constant, but is instead a variable. Writing for a lay audience, he explains some of the implications of his theory, describes the path that led him to his conclusions, and discusses the reactions of the scientific community and others to his idea. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Say the word "light" in the context of physics, and most of us repeat the mantra: Nothing travels faster than the speed of light. Indeed, nothing does. But light is thought to have another amazing property, which Einstein enshrined in his theory of special relativity. Light travels at one speed and one speed only; it is one of nature's constants. This idea is considered sacred, and it's one of the foundations of modern physics. But what if it's wrong?

Baker
& Taylor

A theoretical physicist challenges Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity with a new theory on the varying speed of light that suggests that light traveled faster in the early universe than it does today, explaining how key problems in cosmology are solved by VSL theory. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Perseus Book Group, c2003
ISBN: 9780738205250
0738205257
Branch Call Number: 535 MAG
Characteristics: vi, 279 p. : ill ; 24 cm

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