When we posted Maybe Neutrinos Aren’t Faster Than Light a month ago, we thought that was the end of the story. But now there’s a little bit more to tell.
The BBC caries this story: Neutrino ‘faster than light’ scientist resigns. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The head of an experiment that appeared to show subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light has resigned from his post.
Prof Antonio Ereditato oversaw results that appeared to challenge Einstein’s theory that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light.
When the news first broke back in September, and we posted Neutrinos Move Faster Than Light?, most of us were skeptical; but there were a few who thought Einstein was toast. You remember Discoveroid David Klinghoffer’s post. He was gloating that if relativity is collapsing, then evolution could collapse too. See Another One Bites the Dust?
After that, as we reported here, Ellis Washington, the leading creationist intellectual at WorldNetDaily, said:
Nothing in science is absolutely certain. Even today scientists are proving one of Einstein’s bedrock theories to be false – that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.
We also wrote about a rambling, incoherent reaction from another creationist outfit: Answers in Genesis & the Speed of Light. But let’s get back to the BBC article. They say:
Speaking at the time [of the original announcement], Professor Ereditato added “words of caution” because of the “potentially great impact on physics” of the result.
“We tried to find all possible explanations for this,” he said. “We wanted to find a mistake – trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects – and we didn’t.
“When you don’t find anything, then you say ‘well, now I’m forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinise this’.”
That was certainly the proper thing to do. Let’s read on:
Earlier this month, a test run by a different group at the same Italian laboratory recorded neutrinos travelling at precisely light speed.
The creationist websites didn’t report that. Here’s the end of the article:
So far, Professor Ereditato has not commented on his decision to step down from his post.
So that’s the story. Einstein’s theory is intact. And unfortunately for the creationists, there won’t be any domino effect that results in Darwin’s theory being the next to fall.
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