30 April 2006

Prototypically constant bickering

I was surprised to discover that an international composite science team has been measuring quasar emissions and is now raising “the possibility that the fine structure constant (“the proton-electron mass constant”) might have changed slightly as the universe got older” — which, given that other teams and individuals are disputing the default/assigned ages typical asserted at quasars, might have a more immediate impact than first expected.

What surprised me a little more was discovering a 2001 report (5 years so far) also covering this approach.

If the change is upheld, there will be new, genuine, and potentially massive changes in how physics is applied in real life (especially but not only in a large scale), which could speed revolutionary development within science (both “factoid” and “political”) in important ways.

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