Understanding through Discussion

Welcome! You are not logged in. [ Login ]
EvC Forum active members: 65 (9077 total)
99 online now:
Michael MD, Minnemooseus (Adminnemooseus), PaulK, Tangle (4 members, 95 visitors)
Newest Member: Contrarian
Post Volume: Total: 893,978 Year: 5,090/6,534 Month: 510/794 Week: 1/135 Day: 1/19 Hour: 1/0

Thread  Details

Email This Thread
Newer Topic | Older Topic
Author Topic:   Physical Laws ....What if they were different before?
Dr Jack
Member (Idle past 1373 days)
Posts: 3507
From: Leicester, England
Joined: 07-14-2003

Message 4 of 309 (662093)
05-12-2012 8:36 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by foreveryoung
05-11-2012 10:44 PM

They weren't different in the past by any significant amount, we know this from observational evidence.

In essence, the stars are a window into the past because of the speed of light. All stars, everywhere, no matter how different in time appear to operate according to the self same laws figured out right here on Earth.

I can almost hear you thinking "but what if the speed of light was different, that's circular reasoning". No, it isn't. For two reasons, firstly, we can check the speed of light itself by observations of movement in stellar objects and, secondly, the speed of light is not arbitrary. You've heard of E=mc squared, I assume? What this means is that a change in the speed of light will alter the very properties of matter, and that would show up in the behaviour of stars.

This message is a reply to:
 Message 1 by foreveryoung, posted 05-11-2012 10:44 PM foreveryoung has taken no action

Newer Topic | Older Topic
Jump to:

Copyright 2001-2018 by EvC Forum, All Rights Reserved

™ Version 4.1
Innovative software from Qwixotic © 2022