Albert Einstein Could Be Wrong About Theory Of Light – Scientists To Challenge Basis Of Modern Physics : Science exists to shatter previously held beliefs about the universe and not even the venerated Albert Einstein is immune to this fact. Physicists now plan to test a theory regarding the speed of light to explain something that the Theory of Relativity can’t.
While change is constant, some constants in the universe are immune to change. One of these is the speed of light, a value that cannot change under any circumstances or conditions.
Albert Einstein explained why light must travel at a constant speed.
Even before Einstein, scientists found ways to measure the speed of light and have always arrived at the same number. 299,792,458 meters per second is the number, however, it was not until 1970 that they reached this level of precision. And it was not until Albert Einstein developed his theory of relativity that physicists knew the reason why.
It is a fact that light can travel both as electromagnetic waves and as particles, also known as photons. According to Einstein’s theory, if something could travel faster than the speed of light, it would break fundamental physical laws by being able to observe, relatively speaking, a stationary electromagnetic wave.
But for his Theory of Relativity to work, the speed of light must remain constant. Since then, Einstein’s theory had been proven time and again by his peers even more than half a century after his death.
João Magueijo’s Theory Must Disregard Einstein’s Theory To Work
However, Quartz reported that in 1998, João Magueijo of the Imperial College in London sought to challenge the theory with a question . He proposed that to solve one of Physics’ biggest problems the idea of the speed of light being constant should be abandoned.
The problem Magueijo is talking about is called the “horizon problem.” In a nutshell, the horizon problem states that the universe reached a uniform temperature long before energy-carrying photons could reach every corner of it.