Monday, November 03, 2008

In Search of Inflation

Faster-than-light inflation would violate both the First Law of Thermodynamics (conservation of energy) and Relativity’s stipulation that nothing travels faster than light. The inflationary paradigm has the convenient quality of being unprovable. Scientists can not time-travel to the Big Bang; no human experiment can approach the unimaginable energies. Like strings, inflation can never be reproduced in an experiment. This has not stopped a divergence of theories from popping up. A cottage industry of inflation has kept theorists in business with their lack of success.

In search of inflation, this week we hoped to see the Ballunar Festival in Houston, Texas. The festival brings colourful hot air balloons to the grounds of the Johnson Space Center. Unfortunately this fun event has been cancelled due to Hurricane Ike. Even at the Space Center, nature has not allowed inflation to occur.

If the speed of light slows according to GM=tc^3, it will still be slowing at a very tiny rate. An accurate enough laboratory experiment could measure change in c. It is impossible to prove experimentally that c is constant, because a more accurate experiment could prove that wrong. As scientific predictions go, “c change” is quite a good bet.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Kea said...

Heh Louise, did you see Starkman's talk on PIRSA? It is a pity that he doesn't reference your work, but it is wonderful to see such solid evidence against inflation.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Qubit said...

The speed of light will always be the speed of light. If the speed of light is slowing is it gaining mass?? Dark matter would be increasing, black hole's will become real objects and the universe would have to create a new type light that will compensate for it, or it will be consumed by the chaos caused by boltzmann's brains popping up everywhere. If light is slowing, then universe will simply evolve into something that is unrecognisable in a very short time. We would just be a goldilocks zone of existence; a workable TOE would be impossible.

Life is the answer to prevent this, just look how life has stabilized the earth; the same will have to happen for the universe. Intelligence can create things which is impossible for the universe to create. Time is limited but it can tear apart light, imagination is unlimited and it can tear apart everything!! We have the advantage, its about time we used it!!!

11:49 AM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

HI Kea! Just saw Starkman talk. He and I should really get together.

4:43 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

And I added a link at my article on Riofrio's CMB calculations.

5:55 PM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Another brick.

Volcanism on moon more recent than previously thought.

1:00 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Carl, I've recently had to study quite a lot about the Moon. Many discoveries there are yet to be made.

2:37 PM  

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