So there was this big story on Thursday and Friday about neutrinos possibly moving faster than light. Did anybody hear about that one? Since my post went up, a lot more people weighed in, many of whom are a lot more sophisticated than I am about the experimental setup and possible metrology errors, uncertainties about neutrino emission times, etc. Here are a few I read and appreciated; no doubt there are some I missed, so please leave others I should note in the comments. (Many of these have internal links as well. You should have enough neutrinoage to keep you busy for days. Days, I tell you!)
- Ars Technica (in Wired), “Scientists Question Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos” is a very good discussion of the experiment itself; most of us seem to back away from that, begging ignorance on the details of the analysis.
- John Butterworth (Guardian Science), “Those faster-than-light neutrinos. Four things to think about”. A great cultural analysis.
- Chad Orzel, “Faster Than a Speeding Photon” has a very good summary of the whole situation with more detail than most.
- Sean Carroll, “Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos?” Another theorist weighs in on why it’s premature to throw out the physics we know.
- Caleb Scharf evidently feels the same way I do about the story, based on his stated reluctance to even write about it. (Note that he linked to my own post from Friday, so you are entering a potentially infinite loop. Be warned.)
Moving on, it’s Sunday morning. It’s time for comics and advertising!
- “Get Fuzzy” by Darby Conley shows why superstitions fail under the most basic of logical analysis.
- “Scenes From a Multiverse” by Jon Rosenberg dissects a type of conversation many of us have had, especially late at night in a college dorm room. (The location of the strip alone makes it worth a look.) Hm, maybe this strip also has bearing on the neutrino question?
- Buy my shirts! Buy my bumper stickers! Coffee mugs to come soon!
Update: I missed a good post from Kelly Oakes (for Scientific American): Faster-than-light neutrinos show science in action.