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Neutrinos were invented around 1930, they were not proved to exist until 1956. Semantics and physics.

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vector energy interpretation of quantum mechanics

Leads to a silly question. When the data doesn't fit, is it reasonable to just invent particles and properties of particles to fudge it? First the neutrino, then the rest of the zoo: quarks, leptons, and more. At least the quark people had the right frame of mind to give the additional properties absurd names like charm and color - so one does not confuse things with say something like angular momentum.

Alright, so here. In the 26 years between the invention of the neutrino and it's proof of existence, quantum theory has progressed under the assumption that the neutrino did exist. How do you detect an infinitely low mass, zero charge, weakly interacting particle traveling at close to the speed of light anyhow? Maybe invent other properties for this particle, like charm, and detect these properties interaction.

Sounds a lot like bootstrapping in a sense...

This is really cool, experimental results of slowing light down to 1 mph. 3x10^8 m/s may be an upper bound for speed of light in a vacuum. No one ever said there was a lower bound....
light to matter back to light


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