For thousands of years the learned scientists worldwide agreed it absolutely couldn’t be done, but in 1947 we broke the sound barrier in the skies of California and flew faster than sound travels (more than 700 miles per hour). Now it’s routine for aircraft to fly faster than Mach One.
The scientists swallowed their pride, but continued to proclaim that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Einstein said that energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared (the speed multiplied by itself). That’s a large number because light travels at 186 thousand miles per second, so c-squared is a gigantic number. The atomic bomb, based on that theory, has tremendous energy — although not as much energy as some of Nature’s thunderstorms. Nature rules, in spite of the theories of scientists. (Some people equate the words Nature and God.)
Now only sixty four years later Swiss scientists have demonstrated that things can indeed go faster than the speed of light. Of course the writers of the Star Wars movies knew that already. The space ships in those movies routinely go faster than the speed of light.
Stay tuned to see what the next broken barrier will be.