On reading this in Mumbai Mirror, this morning, the immediate reaction was one of glee..What fun!! Imagine the pranks, ‘badmaashis’, trouble one could happily be the epicentre of.
A look at the details:
It’s unlikely to occur by swallowing a pill or donning a special cloak, but invisibility could be possible in the not too distant future, according to research published on Monday.
But Dr Ulf Leonhardt, a theoretical physicist at St Andrews University in Scotland, believes the most plausible example is the Invisible Woman, one of the Marvel Comics superheroes in the “Fantastic Four.”
“She guides light around her using a force field in this cartoon. This is what could be done in practice,” Leonhardt said in an interview. “That comes closest to what engineers will probably be able to do in the future.”
Invisibility is an optical illusion that the object or person is not there. Leonhardt uses the example of water circling around a stone. The water flows in, swirls around the stone and then leaves as if nothing was there.
“If you replace the water with light then you would not see that there was something present because the light is guided around the person or object. You would see the light coming from the scenery behind as if there was nothing in front,” he said.
In the research published in the New Journal of Physics, Leonhardt described the physics of theoretical devices that could create invisibility. It is a follow-up paper to an earlier study published in the journal Science.
“What the Invisible Woman does is curve space around herself to bend light. What these devices would do is to mimic that curved space,” he said.
Although the devices are still theoretical, Leonhardt said scientists are making advances in metamaterials – artificial materials with unusual properties that could be used to make invisibility devices.
So..seems great for aiding imagination to run riot. Wait a minute..please not-to-forget, that others would be privy to the information as well. So exclusivity is ruled out. Alongside that the initial euphoria of ‘fun at the expense of the other’ comes the levelling thought that all one conjures for another could well be practised on you..(sigh)
The one industry that would be defunct, is ‘fashion’ and ‘make over’ ‘beauty’. Back to nature and without a care in the world. Why bother? Who’s looking?
Seriously, however, its quite mind boggling. The long term ramifications I mean. There is plenty of mayhem around in absence of it., for the reality of invisibility adding a spoke to the wheel.
Ever considered that ‘anonymity’ on the net, is but another name and nuance of ‘invisibility’? Think about it.. visibility is nil, sound is zero, identity is kaput…..equals to Invisibility…Shudder..shudder.Its being pretty well utilised here.
Another thought.. have the criminals responsible for the blasts chanced upon the physicists configurations, and experimented with it? Are they invisible? Why..you may ask..? Well, Mumbai police seems pretty clueless even after a fortnight..so..just wondering!!
Meanwhile folks, let the juices of creativity flow. be the Phantom you want to be and wait for the day when it will all be put to good use.