A Young Student From India Has Proved Einstein Wrong and is Up For The Nobel Prize in PhysicsFiction!



Summary of eRumor: 
A university-bound student in India has disproved the Theory of Relativity.  He has demonstrated the existence of a sub atomic particle that travels faster than light, and impossible feat according to Einstein’s theory.  The email says the discovery has affected the scientific community and that he is being considered for the Nobel prize for Physics.  The email also says the student was measured with an “IQ meter” and the meter broke down because it couldn’t measure his IQ.  It also claims that this has been reported in the India Times and that his brother, Madhu Reddy, is an Indian whiz kid who developed an operating system better than Windows.  

The Truth:

This email is being widely circulated on websites and chat rooms in India.  TruthOrFiction.com has found no evidence of this individual, his brother, or his discovery.  No article has appeared in the India Times.  There is no Carl Uppsala associated with the Nobel Prizes (he is named in the email).  There is not a Dr. Massimo Martelli (also named in the email) who is president of “The International Physics Community.”   Most of all, there is no such thing as an “IQ meter.”   

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

It’s incredible! But true.

 An Indian boy in his twelfth standard has disproved Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity”.

Shocked???Read on.. 

Sudarshan Reddy has theoretically proven the existence of a sub-atomic particle which can travel at speeds greater than that of light, thereby challenging one of the fundamental postulates of the “Theory of Relativity”. In his recent research paper submitted to the “Institute of Advanced Physics (IAP)” at Trieste,(Italy) Sudarshan has proved the existence of a class of sub-atomic particles called ‘leptons’, which can travel faster than light. 

The International Physics Community has been shell shocked by this discovery. Dr.Massimo Martelli, President of the IAP has this to say about the paper submitted by Sudarshan : ” After a long, careful and critical analysis, I can confidently say that Sudarshan ‘s research paper show a tremendous leap in our understanding of physics as his investigation mounts up on ‘leptons’. His work builds substantially on the work of Einstein and others in the field of relativity.  

When physicists from Princeton University tried to measure Sudarshan’s IQ with an IQ-meter (at the American Embassy in Delhi), the meter broke down, simply because it was not calibrated to measure such high IQ. This was reported ‘Times of India’. 

Prof.Carl Uppsala, Chairman of the Nobel sub-committee for physics has confirmed that Sudarshan has been shortlisted for the Nobel prize in physics for the year 2001. 

Sudarshan, incidentally, is the brother of Madhu Reddy, the Indian whiz kid who developed an operating system superior to Microsoft Windows. We should all be very proud of these boys. Please forward this email to as many Indians as you can.