Laws Of Physics Not So Law-Like After All?

September 11, 2010


Some crackpot scientists (it's a bad day for scientists) are claiming the laws of physics might not be as constant as once thought (which was VERY constant FYI), and may vary from location to location within the universe. Personally, I don't believe it and think somebody forgot to carry a 1 or something during a calculation.

The report describes how one of the supposed fundamental constants of Nature appears not to be constant after all. Instead, this 'magic number' known as the fine-structure constant -- 'alpha' for short -- appears to vary throughout the universe.

"After measuring alpha in around 300 distant galaxies, a consistency emerged: this magic number, which tells us the strength of electromagnetism, is not the same everywhere as it is here on Earth, and seems to vary continuously along a preferred axis through the universe," Professor John Webb from the University of New South Wales said.

"The implications for our current understanding of science are profound. If the laws of physics turn out to be merely 'local by-laws', it might be that whilst our observable part of the universe favours the existence of life and human beings, other far more distant regions may exist where different laws preclude the formation of life, at least as we know it."

Still not buying it. For one thing: aliens. If the laws of physics are so different in other galaxies how did they evolve to look so similar to humans? "Because you built a rocketship-timemachine and went back and had sex with a whole bunch of them?" Haha, I did do that, didn't I? Yeah it was pretty cool.

Laws of Physics Vary Throughout the Universe, New Study Suggests [sciencedaily]

Thanks to nathan and Ford, who only abide by one law: their own. Well damn, cowboys!

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