Monday, February 13, 2006

Particle of the Week

The tachyon travels at speeds faster than light. This, of course, is not possible without reversing the direction of the time flow. As a consequence tachyons travel backwards in time. In doing so they violate the rules of cause and effect - the only rules I thought I could trust.
Wrath of Khan is so much better than Search for Spock...

3 comments:

Van said...

The tachyon beam was always the scientific lingo of choice whenever the Enterprise was in a jam and needed some "Hail Mary" type move to save the day. I can say with no embarrasment that I must have seen every episode of ST-TNG. Remember when those body-snatcher things took control of people at Starfleet HQ and there was a whole big conspiracy?

Brendan said...

I like the "filler" episodes, where some minor crisis is solved very calmly and in good time, like when Larry took advantage of Balki's uncanny knack for picking the winners of football games but then found out that he was just going by which team had the fiercer animal name, and we all learned a good lesson about.......... hey, wait!

RosemaryRuth said...

Cesium also travels faster than the speed of light; it will leave a vacuum before it is through entering it. When will we finally learn that such an arbitrary measurement (the speed of light to the best of our clumsy measuring abilities) has little to do with things other than light, and what its speed is.