I love this kind of stuff. Last week (or maybe even the week before) LRC ran this article by Tom Bethell, explaining one scientist’s campaign to upend not quantum mechanics, but relativity theory.
Bethell is not an idiot, I can say that with confidence. His Politically Incorrect Guide to Science did what the series is designed for: make provocative claims that sound crazy at first, but then when you read the discussion you think, “Oh OK, I could see how someone would think that. It might even be true.” (For example, claiming that cancer research is barking up a wrong tree. Bethell didn’t discuss Einstein in his PIG book, as far as I can recall.)
Has anyone looked into this relativity stuff more deeply? All I can say from reading Bethell’s article is that it’s not obviously wrong. I mean, they acknowledge that particles decay more slowly at high velocities etc., so they’re not merely saying, “C’mon, how can Euclid be wrong?! That blows my mind so it must be Ivory Tower nonsense.”