Monthly Archives: November 2011

Scrape them off, Jim

From East of Eden: “Say, Carlton, how do you go about telegraphing money?” “Well, you bring me a hundred and two dollars and sixty cents and I send a wire telling the Valdosta operator to pay Adam one hundred dollars.” This particular bit of East of Eden (which is excellent, quite apart from this particular […]

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Faster than the Speed of Light

On the potential discovery of faster than light neutrinos. Einstein’s seminal work was “general relativity”, which is about gravity, space and time. General relativity is utterly beyond me; but special relativity (broadly) is taught to A-Level students without much difficulty. Firstly: it’s not really about “photons” having a particular speed; and us suddenly discovering some […]

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