Joao Magueijo: "In sharp contrast, the constancy of the speed of light has remain sacred, and the term "heresy" is occasionally used in relation to "varying speed of light theories". The reason is clear: the constancy of c, unlike the constancy of G or e, is the pillar of special relativity and thus of modern physics. Varying c theories are expected to cause much more structural damage to physics formalism than other varying constant theories." http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/astro-ph/pdf/ ... 5457v3.pdf
"But the researchers said they spent a lot of time working on a theory that wouldn't destabilise our understanding of physics. "The whole of physics is predicated on the constancy of the speed of light," Joao Magueijo told Motherboard. "So we had to find ways to change the speed of light without wrecking the whole thing too much." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2 ... iscovered/
This means that the following conditional is valid:
If Einstein's constant-speed-of-light postulate is false, modern physics is pseudoscience (true science was killed in 1905).
Is Einstein's constant-speed-of-light postulate false? Of course, this is obvious. Consider the following setup:
A light source emits a series of pulses equally distanced from one another. A stationary observer (receiver) measures the frequency:
The observer starts moving with constant speed towards the light source and measures the frequency again:
Premise 1 (Doppler effect; experimentally confirmed): The moving observer measures the frequency to be higher.
Premise 2 (obviously true): The formula
(measured frequency) = (speed of the pulses relative to the observer)/(distance between the pulses)
Conclusion: The speed of the pulses relative to the moving observer is higher than relative to the stationary observer. In other words, the speed of light varies with the speed of the observer, in violation of Einstein's relativity.
Even the original version of Einstein's 1905 constant-speed-of-light postulate is OBVIOUSLY false:
Albert Einstein, On the electrodynamics of moving bodies, 1905: "...light is always propagated in empty space with a definite velocity c which is independent of the state of motion of the emitting body."
This independence from the state of motion of the light source is only conceivable if the motion of the source is able to change the wavelength - an ability existing for sound waves but not for light. The following two conditionals are both valid:
(A) If the motion of the source DOES change the wavelength, the frequency shifts the observer measures ARE NOT due to changes in the speed of light - Einstein's relativity is saved.
(B) If the motion of the source DOES NOT change the wavelength, the frequency shifts the observer measures ARE due to changes in the speed of light - Einstein's relativity has to be abandoned.
Einsteinians universally teach the antecedent of (A) of course:
http://www.fisica.net/relatividade/step ... f_time.pdf
Stephen Hawking, "A Brief History of Time", Chapter 3: "Now imagine a source of light at a constant distance from us, such as a star, emitting waves of light at a constant wavelength. Obviously the wavelength of the waves we receive will be the same as the wavelength at which they are emitted (the gravitational field of the galaxy will not be large enough to have a significant effect). Suppose now that the source starts moving toward us. When the source emits the next wave crest it will be nearer to us, so the distance between wave crests will be smaller than when the star was stationary."
However "shorter wavelength" implies that the speed of the wavecrests relative to the moving source is smaller than c - unlike the stationary source, the moving source is chasing the fleeing wavecrest, like the moving source of sound. This implication contradicts the principle of relativity - by measuring the speed of the emitted light, an observer at the source would know whether the source is stationary or moving. Accordingly, the underlying assumption - that the moving source emits shorter wavelength - has to be rejected. The moving source does not emit shorter wavelength - it emits faster light. If the speed of the source is v, the speed of the light relative to the observer is c'=c+v, in violation of Einstein's relativity.