E = mc2
This is the most famous equation of all time. How beautiful and simple and elegant and utterly counterintuitive, for the concept of energy and matter being related, and only by the speed of light squared, is not logical. There is something about space, time, energy and matter that just does not make any sense to me.
Albert Einstein, born in Germany, was not an extraordinary child, but when 15 or 16 (photo of him about then to the right) sent to his mother's brother (his weekly tutor, an uncle) a paper entitled "The Investigation of the State of Aether in Magnetic Fields." Aether, or ether, from Einstein? He failed in his first attempt to gain entrance into a university, got his first real job as an assistant examiner in a patent office, then received a PhD at the age of 26 from the University of Zurich. About a decade later he first wrote on his general theory of relativity, gaining a Nobel Prize at the age of 41. In 1939 at the age of 60 he signed that famous letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which resulted in the Atomic Bomb, something he later admitted was the one great mistake he ever made.
Of particular relevance is the pioneering research John Learned of the University of Hawaii has accomplished, for he has been at the forefront of both the neutrino mass and velocity developments. He was quoted in the New York Times yesterday, stating that:
"if the results of the Opera researchers turned out to be true, it could be the first hint that neutrinos can take a shortcut through space, through extra dimensions."
He even finds interest in SETI, for with his colleagues, suggested are notions that an advanced civilization would not be so gauche as to communicate using electromagnetic signals which decay over distance. They think that the use of a terrestrial (actually on the bottom of the ocean or perhaps through the Antarctic ice) neutrino telescope, or, maybe, from the other end, the application of Cepheid variable stars as beacons. No idea what they are? Just click on those options.