New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Jhallenging Einstein's work s usually a losing venture
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Bern, knows what is at stake. After his team fielded two hours of technical (|uestions, some a bit sharp, from a skeptical audience Friday, Fri'ditato had a beer in hand and was asked about the iflea that his work was c hallenging the secular saint of modern f)hysit s.
"Y(‘s, that's why I'm c tm-cernf'd," he said with a laugh, fhere's a long history of ex[x‘rimental rt'sults that at first seem to (iintra-di( t r('lativity, only later to be found to fit neatly with the theory Albert Finstein lovc'd for its simplic ity and el(‘gaii( e.
"It's dangerous to lay odds .igainst Finstein," said Ki)b Plunkett, a physic ist at the lermilab nearf hic ago who has tried similar sp('ed-of-light experiments and will now try to test the nc'w tindings.
Fven Finstein hims(‘lf was wrong in l‘)29 when he ( ailed his ( osmological
constant his "biggest blunder." He introduced the constant in his general relativity theory as a force that keeps the universe from collapsing. In 1998, new findings showc*d that the universe' is accelc’rating and that in general Einstein's "bluncier" wasn't a mistake.
Harvard University science historian Peter Gali-son said Einstein's relativity theories have bet'n chal-lengc'd and "pushc*d on as hard as any th(‘ory in the histor>' of ()nysical sciences ever" and tn(‘\ vived.
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