[Originally published on CR-Ministries.org]
PL wrote to me not too long ago, “The speed of light in a vacuum is constant. The laws of physics would break down if it was much different.” That’s the standard view; however, the Smithsonian Magazine published an article on 11/30/2016 titled, “Was the Speed of Light Even Faster in the Early Universe?” The subtitle is “Physicists propose a way to test if light exceeded Einstein’s constant just after the Big Bang.” It starts:
Anyone who took Physics 101 has had this fact drilled into their head: The spead of light is a constant, traveling at 186,000 miles per second. In fact, it’s the corenstone of much modern physics, especially Enstein’s theory of special relativity, report.” A theoretical physicist at Imperial College London and someone at the university of Waterloo, Canada “explore the idea that the speed of light was different in the past—zipping by much faster in the universe’s infancy than it does today.
I wonder if a rectangular hyperbola might be a way to model this. If the x0axis represents t (time > 0), then the hyperbola might represent the speed of light from “the beginning.” For argument’s sake, let’s say the actual model is v = 1/t + 185,999, where v is velocity. We could imagine a horizontal ling, v=185,999, for example (or something close to it), serving as an asymptote, to which the graph approached ever-so-closely as t increased but never touching. If that model is close to the truth, then the speed of light was going much faster seconds after the beginning. This would solve the starlight-time “problem” dramatically.
Where did I get this theory? I’ve had it in my mind for decades and even shared it with Haverford students during class. In fact, I also shared it in a debate I had with an old-earth creationist, Dr. Robert Newman. Students in my class seemed to like it. Do I have a name for my theory? Let me call it Humber’s Hyperbolic Hypothesis. Maybe others have sensed it, also. Maybe my hypothesis is old hat.
Do you know that Creator Christ said that he is the Light of the World?