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Behold The Astronomical Photograph of the Day for today (Tuesday, May 10)! Gravity Probe B Confirms the Existence of Gravitomagnatism... I'd forgotten all about that experiment. Of course either result would have been Most Interesting indeed...

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seawasp
May. 10th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
They talk about "benefits", but as it's confirming Einstein, isn't that one more blow against FTL drives? Where's the benefit?
ghostwolf
May. 10th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Not necessarily. We'll simply have to learn to open wormholes of our own, or wait for Hawking (or his successor) to find a way around Albert.

Benefit? A Grand Unified Theory isn't enough? Infinite improbability doesn't look very fun...
seawasp
May. 10th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
A grand unified theory that doesn't give me FTL, forcefields, and my Flying Car? What kind of grand theory is THAT?
shockwave77598
May. 10th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
To find ways around the limitations of realspace, you must understand realspace first.
seawasp
May. 10th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
I would prefer to reDEFINE realspace rather than put up with its silly limitations. This "reality" is too constraining!
shockwave77598
May. 10th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
Like I have to continuously remind my managers, the math has to change to fit reality, because reality will not change simply to fit your math. Realspace is what we have and are stuck with -- getting contragrav and paralight will require good understanding of realspace first, then finding the tricks to exploit it. As an example, all your computer and electronics gear today owes its existence to experiments done in the 20s in the field of quantum mechanics. Were it not for the experiments and models made then, we'd be living no differently than our great great grandparents did in the late 1800s.
seawasp
May. 10th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
See, it's people like you that keep adhering to the laws of thermodynamics instead of making NEW laws. I think they should be more like guidelines.
shockwave77598
May. 10th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, I can write a law that says Fairies are born every time I fart. Doesn't mean that the universe is obliged to obey me though...
seawasp
May. 11th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
This simply means the universe needs fixing. The original designer didn't think ahead AT ALL.
ghostwolf
May. 13th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm, that implies was on a government contract.

Oddly apt.
kayshapero
May. 14th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Grin - go read Tom Holt's Here Comes The Sun, where the universe is run by civil servants...
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