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 Date Sat, 25 May 1996 09:14:49 -0600 (MDT) From Mike Wangsmo <> Subject Re: [OFFTOPIC] Re: Quantum Mechanics
`On Sat, 25 May 1996, Ingo Molnar wrote:> Nonsense. What do you say about the following construction:> > - I mirror a plain lightbeam to the Moon and back to some target. In those>   20 seconds or so, i can step to the target .... i'm faster than light???Only if the distance you cover is greater than that of the light beam.> > If you say that you can be faster than light >on the same track<, then you> >are< faster than light. It means nothing if you reach a point in space> faster than a lightbeam.I think that the construction I gave was misinterpreted.  The distance accross the base of the cone *is* the shortest distance, ie shorter than going around the base.  THe cone simply is a topological representation ofthe gravatational, with the height of the cone representative of the strength of the gravity.  Therefore since cutting directly accross the base of the cone, the light beam is affected by the massive field of force which has the affect of slowing the velocity of the particle properites of the light beam.  The object traveling around the circumference of the cone base is essentially unaffected by the gravity field and therefore is able to maintain a constant velocity.  The gist of all of that is that if the force field is sufficently stong enough and the object (maybe a curved light beam???) can reach the same point accross the cone base in a shorter periord of time, however has covered more distance.  That translate into an object exceeding the speed of light and a relative setting.  This doesn't violate the theory of relativity since no claim about the object exceeding the speed of light in the same reference frame is made.  A corralary to this theory could also be postulated as having the velocity of a light beam accelerated by a *sling shot* type of action rounding a gravitational field.  By doing this, the so called fixed speed of light can also be increased and I thing with a little bit of work, it could be shown to be unbounded. Just a few thoughts.  _______________________________________________________________________Mike Wangsmo, Graduate Student              wanger@fubar.cs.montana.edu Dept. of M&IE, MSU                    http://www.cs.montana.edu/~wanger Bozeman, MT  59717		                         (406) 586-0690                    "May the Force be with you, always" `

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