Musing on a fourth dimension

This being Science Friday, I’m not ready to let go of the possibility that scientists really did find that neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light, even though I’m probably among the fools (click image for readable laugh):

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Physicist Brian Cox, by the way, has a very interesting interview on the BBC on the subject. Maybe, he says, Einstein’s theory of special relativity isn’t wrong. Maybe it’s absolutely correct in three dimensions but this discovery tells us what’s happening in another dimension.

Whoa.

So, maybe people are wrong and there really isn’t “the most profound discovery of the last 100 years” vying for news attention with mere trivial matters. What’s the harm from the initial enthusiasm when it resulted in the one thing science needed: non-scientists to be interested in it for a day? That’s still a day when Kim Kardashian isn’t considered that important.

Maybe that’s what it’s like in another dimension.

  • Jim Shapiro

    Perhaps it’s all a test to learn to distinguish between what’s interesting and what’s important, and you advance when you find a circumstance where they’re one and the same.

  • bench

    I thought the fourth dimension was time…

    Either way, I am happy that more science news are making headlines (and not the kind of seismologist being put on trial or climate scientists’ emails).