Fiery Phoenix

2008-Dec-25, 02:08 PM

Well, like two weeks ago, I was at my cousin's watching television. While I was going through the channels, I saw Discovery Science. There was a very interesting documentary show airing, on which this Portuguese cosmologist and theoretical physicist, whose name has totally escaped my head, talks about crazy and yet fascinating stuff. He talked about lots of things in the episode I watched, including the idea of VSL (varying speed of light) and how it might well be cosmology and modern physics' ultimate downfall - if it was true, that is.

I don't remember everything he said, but I guess I do remember the gist of it. Essentially, when he first started talking about VSL, he mentioned something like the speed of light must have been MUCH higher in the early Universe, and is slowly getting lower as time continues to pass. Apparently, this would explain much of all that big-bang-related stuff. Moreover, and what got me surprised the most, is that, if the concept of VSL turns out to be true, then hundreds of cosmological and modern mathematical equations automatically go downhill. Meaning, we assume that the speed of light (denoted by C) is ALWAYS 3x10^8 m/sec, since the very beginning of the Universe; which affects the outcomes considerably. He said the speed of light is 3x10^8 m/sec indeed, but ONLY in the time period we're living in.

That's pretty much all I remember there. I, for one, am speechless at best, which is why I thought I would start this thread to see what you, guys, have to say about it. I'm sure some of you have heard of VSL before; just not me (until I watched the documentary).

Discuss.

I don't remember everything he said, but I guess I do remember the gist of it. Essentially, when he first started talking about VSL, he mentioned something like the speed of light must have been MUCH higher in the early Universe, and is slowly getting lower as time continues to pass. Apparently, this would explain much of all that big-bang-related stuff. Moreover, and what got me surprised the most, is that, if the concept of VSL turns out to be true, then hundreds of cosmological and modern mathematical equations automatically go downhill. Meaning, we assume that the speed of light (denoted by C) is ALWAYS 3x10^8 m/sec, since the very beginning of the Universe; which affects the outcomes considerably. He said the speed of light is 3x10^8 m/sec indeed, but ONLY in the time period we're living in.

That's pretty much all I remember there. I, for one, am speechless at best, which is why I thought I would start this thread to see what you, guys, have to say about it. I'm sure some of you have heard of VSL before; just not me (until I watched the documentary).

Discuss.