Twitterings call it the “best abstract ever“. The lead author, Michael Berry, was awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in physics (together with Andre Geim) [Nobel Prize 2010 -ed] for using magnets to levitate a frog. This new paper is a response to the recent reported measurements of neutrinos that apparently traveled faster than the speed of light. Here’s the entire abstract:
Which, of course, reminds me of a joke that was making the rounds just before CERN's big announcement:
"We don't allow faster-than-light neutrinos in here," says the bartender.
A neutrino walks into a bar.