posted on Jan, 24 2007 @ 02:22 AM
Lightspeed is a dangerous thing..
I think Red Dwarf (UK Sci-fi Comedy) had it spot on in one of their earliest episodes (1980s?)....
They are travelling at a speed faster than light, and a character calls up the computer AI (also a major character).. who happens to be the computer
for the whole ship... navigation etc. included.
As the computer told him (not in exact words) "I don't have time to help you. It's no easy task navigating at these speeds. When we're
travelling at the speed of light, by the time I see something, we've already gone through it."
The OT is a very interesting question. I would imagine that the light WOULD NOT travel faster... Speed is controlled by resistance. Be that
friction (physical resistance) or whatever. Without friction, travel would be instantaneous. We are only just beginning to understand smaller and
smaller elements. If memory serves me correct, have we not found that there are particles smaller than protons and neutrons? I'm sure there must be
something smaller than that.
The speed of light is measurable, hence we have a speed given. Therefore, there must be some kind of resistance holding it back. As show in earlier
posts by the fact that light travels faster in a vacuum. There must be things that we cannot yet detect that are providing resistance to the light.
There's all kinds of interesting and wonderful things that we have not yet discovered.
But take throwing a ball off the front of a train for an example. Throw the ball as hard as you can. If the resistance caused by the wind is large
enough, then that ball may move forward momentarily before being thrown back. If your hand didn't move (and presuming you were strong enough), then
it would be like the ball didn't even move. For it to have moved away from your hand, you must have provided a force stronger than the resistance
(the wind), which was worn down and then reversed by the opposite force (the wind).
At the present moment, using current technologies, we have no way to control the speed of light. Hence if you were travelling at light speed, your
flashlight would produce only enough power to travel at the speed of light, and be unable to overcome the resistance. It would stay in the
flashlight, much like the ball stays in the hand.
Now, if you were travelling at the speed of light in an enclosed ship... the flashlight WOULD shine, as the speed of light would be relevant to the
speed of the interior, which is stationary (as a whole). But the light would not be able to escape the 'ship'.
On another note. Travelling at the speed of light must create some kind of truer vacuum through those resisting unknown particles (just like the
vacuum created behind a car travelling at high speed)... so with that gap, it may be theoretically possible for the light to travel faster than the
known speed of light if shining backwards, or if you had a ship following that ship, drafting in that (what I will call for namessake only)
true-vacuum. Much like an F1 car will draft behing the other car to get an advantage.