Andreas Albrecht and João Magueijo's Varying Speed of Light Theory

This theory fascinates me and I would love for it to either be debunked, or to find others to discuss it with. Essentially the idea behind the varying speed of light is that the speed of light as a constant can be manipulated by warps in spacetime, which is to me a logical explanation to the cosmic inflation we see in the pictures of the universe we have been able to capture.

Cosmic inflation is, as far as I understand it myself, a phenomena whereby the big bang had asymmetrical expansion rates. If you imagine an explosion at a fixed point in the vaccum of space it is easy to picture a perfectly spherical explosion, but what we observe in the cosmic microwave backround is that some light is moving faster than we think it can.

So the idea behind the varying speed of light as I understand it, is to think of a section of space like we might think of a wire in electro physics, a big bang explosion is sending light energy outwards, and just like in a wire, the more light is concentrated in a given volume of space, the slower the speed of light becomes. Andreas Albreicht explained in a documentary that, closer to the origins of our universe, energy was closer together, more collisions happened, and light travelled less quickly and therefore a less distance over the same period of time as it would have nowadays, when things are more spread apart. Things like gravity waves are created by massive stellar bodies like stars and black holes and can compress space or time.

Then there’s the article on wikipedia,

The thing that really captivates my attention on this issue is that, my intuition tells me that variations in the speed of light would change the ‘age’ of the universe. If light needed more time to travel some of the distance than another, then it would make sense to see it with less energy on the cosmic microwave backround image, because to that light, traveling the same distance took more time and therefore more energy.

Obviously, this phenomenon would have been short lived, and by the time our solar system was formed the speed of light was constant. It would have been the amount of time very early in the big bang, and pondering on that has been a great source of joy for me. Has this theory been supported or contested? I should probably look it up on google scholar next! Thought I would share though.

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I admittedly don’t know much about this theory, however, from the title of your post, it sounds like you are attributing the creation of this theory to Albrecht and Magueijo, rather than Albert Einstein who I believe beat them to it in 1907.

Did they continue to work on his theories foundation or are these two separate things we are talking about here?

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I’m sorry of course, the theory began with einstein but as I remember it was a theory he felt was flawed, and it’s been picked up by Albrecht and Magueijo since. The reason I mentioned them is because I watched the documentary “Einstein’s biggest blunder”

To my understanding they took up the thread that Einstein was weaving and expanded on it. You can take a look at some of the math here . I may have worded the title awkwardly but I was just trying to reference this paper.

Sadly this study is aged, I’m looking through their recent papers now. here is a more recent paper by Magueijo and Barrow about a plank parameter when the cosmological constant is dynamic.

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I was able to get Neil Degrasse Tyson to address this theory on a recent Startalk, I don’t think he really understood my question, but he seems to doubt that this theory has merit. That’s probably why I can’t find much more information about it.