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October 11, 2012

New Math Breakthrough Points to Travel Beyond Speed of Light

 

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Einstein’s theory holds that nothing could move faster than the speed of light, but Professor Jim Hill and Dr Barry Cox at the University of Adelaide's School of Mathematical Sciences have developed new formulas that allow for travel beyond this limit. Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity explains how motion and speed is always relative to the observer’s frame of reference. The theory connects measurements of the same physical incident viewed from these different points in a way that depends on the relative velocity of the two observers.

“Our approach is a natural and logical extension of the Einstein Theory of Special Relativity, and produces anticipated formulae without the need for imaginary numbers or complicated physics.”

The research has been published in the prestigious Proceedings of the Royal Society A in a paper, ‘Einstein’s special relativity beyond the speed of light’. Their formulas extend special relativity to a situation where the relative velocity can be infinite, and can be used to describe motion at speeds faster than light.

“We are mathematicians, not physicists, so we’ve approached this problem from a theoretical mathematical perspective,” said Dr Cox. “Should it, however, be proven that motion faster than light is possible, then that would be game changing.

“Our paper doesn’t try and explain how this could be achieved, just how equations of motion might operate in such regimes.”* Reference:James M. Hill and Barry J. Cox, Einstein's special relativity beyond the speed of light, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2012, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2012.0340

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Come on....Star Trek here we come.
I really want to get of this planet in the worst way.

Our paper doesn’t try and explain how this could be achieved, just how equations of motion might operate in such regimes.”
This means they started their math assuming if we "Could" travel faster than C then how to calculate motion.
So the heading of this article is not proper. The real question is HOW ? be it mathematical/theoritical but HOW ?

That's the same question that could be asked about string theory.

The real problem is how to avoid being everywhere as mass falls through zero. :)

Perhaps, being everywhere when mass turns to zero is what FTL travel is. If your field permeates all available space wouldn't that entail there might be a way to zero in again and re-materialize so to speak at any chosen point?

Just a thought.

These titles are always deceiving

Just made to garner more readers. But hey, that's article-writing rule #1... Make the title alluring

If the question of application of speed of light re the special relativity; then we must assume that the majority of the universe does not necessarily applies same physics as ours, but rather that of Heisenberg. Speed being relative to where and why counts the question of many different universes with binary stars and those who are tightly sewn to gather in or near a black hole and what would be the speed of light in a black hole? We need to spend more effort in understanding physics of the universe even before we look for stars, planets and the habitable planets or moons. A simple look at the Universe shows us uninhabitable zones due to the massive light emitting from the star clusters or single stars, but here we do not mean super nova but a middling age of stars and galaxies.

This idea is not new, time space intervals have their own rules and limits, when you temporarily exit our interval and move a small amount in the larger slower interval the relative speed, distance and time is enormous! Move an inch in the bigger one in one second then return to our interval and you have moved a lightyear and back in time.

I am neither physicist nor mathematician but I am writing a science fiction book in which a spaceship travels faster than light -- that is at warp speeds. Wondering if anybody here believes such travel is possible. I do not understand why the speed of light is a speed limit for everything. If there is a supernova blast, don't particles come hurtling out at faster than light speeds?

The speed of light "limit" is only one of our imagination. Certainly, no know particles travel faster than light. So for this respect Einstein was correct. But we could possibly travel faster. If we imagine a space craft the operates like the silencer on a riffle, slowing approaching particles in space around the spacecraft so that they reach the propulsion engine at a speed less than 299,792,458 m/s. Then we create an engine that has, possibly, a neutron propellant that travels near the speed of light out of the engine. With this we could bend the laws to work in our favor. What I mean to say is, if we bend matter around the spacecraft so that it accumulates near the source of propulsion to a great enough extent, it may be possible to push off this matter in order to travel faster than light. This is not a new theory, NASA is working on the very same principle developed by Miguel Alcubierre. Interesting stuff.

There is another paper extending and improving Hill & Cox paper of special relativity beyond the speed of light, which also proposes a method to push particles beyond the speed of light using existing technology and equipment. The paper is at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265643274_Extended_principle_of_relativity_beyond_speed_of_light_and_a_method_to_push_particles_beyond_the_speed_of_light . It can be a great milestone in physics. If it works it will be a new portal to physics and if proven wrong it will not only prove this theory wrong but also Hill & Cox and many other theories of relativity beyond the speed of light.


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