Cutting Edge Lecture in Science: How well have we tested Einstein's Theory of Relativity?
By Guy Moore (Associate Professor, Physics, McGill)
Special relativity is a cornerstone of modern physics. Its most basic prediction is that there is a maximum speed which any particle can attain. I will explain how an indirect experimental test of this prediction has shown that the limiting speeds of different particle types are the same to an accuracy of about one centimeter per century, one quadrillion times more stringent than the claimed detection of faster-than-light neutrinos made by an Italian physics collaboration two years ago (a result later found to be in error).