05 May 2011

Einstein... smarter than we imagined

In a tour de force of technology and just plain stubbornness spanning half a century and costing more than $750 million, a team of experimenters from Stanford University reported on Wednesday that a set of orbiting gyroscopes had detected a slight sag and an even slighter twist in space-time.

The experiment was conceived in 1959, but the technology to make these esoteric measurements did not yet exist, which is why the experiment took so long and cost so much.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thats old news! Picard and the Enterprise already used that time sag to destroy the Borg and help the Vulcans with first contact.
You really should stay up date.
billg

Neo Conservative said...

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i have trouble getting my head around this... even with a long explanation.

how the frig did einstein puzzle this out in his pre-computer world?

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prairie dog said...

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”




Albert Einstein

Neo Conservative said...

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babbage, einstein, hawking... alan turing... i stand in awe.

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john said...

Excellent post! Thank you. Very interesting.

john said...

Also, if you like Babbage. There's some guy who created a Babbage analytical engine out of meccano. Pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

Well, ..., I haven't looked @ unified physics in a few years, but! I will venture that Einstein was as well hobbled by his biases as anyone. His biggest blunder was, "God does not play dice with the universe!" He couldn't accept quantum theory, even though it was staring him in the face. Now men like Green have brought the realities of the micro world into harmony with Einstein's Great Big Universe with their 'string' theories. And, it will forever remain a 'thought' theorem, as it can never be proven. Isaac Newton was at least as bright as Einstein, and with a good deal less to work with. Unless you want to bring up Ancient Genius. Newton, too, was at least 10x as wacky as Einstein. Scientists should keep their cotton-pickin' hands off metaphysics!

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... it will forever remain a 'thought' theorem"

hmmm... i'm no einstein or babbage, but "forever" seems like an awfully long time to me.

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