As far as I know, nothing has ever been recorded as traveling faster than the spee of light in vacuum, and I tend to believe Einstein's theories in this field. So no I don't think travelling faster than light itself is possible.
There are however some loopholes that theoretically allow FTL travel without actually exceeding the speed of light. Wormholes, bending (warping) space etc.
If Einstein was wrong he was very precisely wrong. The predictions have been experimentally measured more precisely than suggested by the theories (slowing of rotating neutron stars by gravitational waves, if i remember correctly).
sure it would be great..at first. but i personally would hate to be bombarded by gamma radiation from every freaking radio source in the universe due to the doppler effect when nearing the speed of light
my electric toothbrush uses quantum physics to get recharged from it's charging station while never having direct metal to metal contact with it.
a $15 dollar appliance that i bought at walmart 2 years ago makes trivial use of a concept that was unknown 100 years ago.
there is no telling what we will be able to do in the next 50-100 years(assuming we don't all get eaten by zombies)
Originally Posted by tkjnz
1 - bend space.
The traditional ''Warp Drive'', create a warp field around the object you wish to travel faster than the speed of light. The warp field is formed in such a way that space in front of the object is being dragged towards the object, while space behind is being pushed away. Thus the object may reach the other end of the solar system faster than light, by moving space instead of the object itself.
2 - Remove mass.
The term ''light speed'' is somewhat misleading, ''mass less particle speed'' is better IMO. There exist other mass less particles, and there exist mass less particles whom can travel faster than the speed of light under some circumstances. For example, protons can create a photonic boom (sonic boom, but with light instead) inside astronauts helmets simply by passing through it, because inside the helm of the astronaut, protons are moving faster than light.
By removing the mass of an object, you should be able to achieve the speed of mass less particles. How G forces would interact i cannot say, as any acceleration would instantly bring the mass less object to max speed.
Travelling faster than light within spacetime is impossible, "light speed" is the universal speed limit. Warping of space is of course happening all around us, it is what we perceive as gravity. So the idea that we one day will have the technology to fold spacetime in order to traverse great distances is surely not impossible, not in theory at least.
i was not crying in the shower
i just realized how i'll never get to meet darth vader and then soap got in my eye - Kylo Ren
Yes of course we certainly will.
FTL has nothing to do with reaching speeds higher than light speed. It even doesn't have anything to do with the speed of light itself. It only refers to it.
FTL is about going from point A to point B in less time than it would take the light to go from A to B in a straight line.
No it's not required to reach an absolute speed higher than speed of light to accomplish that.
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I've always held to the basic tenet that the universe is "not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we CAN imagine." Do I think we can violate the laws of physics in the traditional sense? Of course not. I do, however, believe that somewhere within the vastness of the cosmos (or the tiniest recesses of our atoms) is the key to allow us to overcome those limits. I just refuse to believe that such a massive and beautiful universe is designed to prevent exploration by beings with the intellectual capacity to appreciate it. That would be such a terrible waste.
One could call that faith...I prefer to call it an educated guess.
I remember seeing something a while ago about scientists being able to slow down the speed of light; so with terrible logic, if we were able to travel at the speed of light, we would be going faster than the speed of light that we've slowed down!
Other than that, space and time are super relative, I have no issue accepting the possibility of a wormhole or something that bends space / time, allowing for a "faster than light" travel in an absolute sense.
Everything is a theory though, there's a distinct possibility that something goes faster than the speed of light right now, we're discovering new things every day, likely there's things we do not know exist.
I also feel it'd a trait we're losing.
As for the OP as I love to point out "nothing is impossible merely improbable"
And I'd honestly put FTL in the probable category.
now excuse me as I await hate from those who have a hard time with my perspective.
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If the current models concerning the Higgs reaction are true, objects acquire mass by how much they interact with the Higgs Field. Theoretically speaking, if one could find a way to reduce or neutralize an object's reaction with the Higgs field it would have no interactional mass and be able to approach or exceed light speed; the object would still be there.
Which is a vast oversimplification and probably not practically possible within the next few millennia.
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