IN FROM THE COLD: A Toronto physicist's once-ridiculed theory gains acceptance.

TORONTO PHYSICIST John Moffat, who has made a career of questioning the cosmos, faces a vexing question himself. Does he feel vindicated, people ask, now that his controversial theory about the speed of light is finally getting the recognition it deserves? The soft-spoken, 70- year-old Moffat might answer with a resounding "yes," if not for a painful irony -- while publicity is shining on his theory, the media are lavishing credit on another scientist.

Since 1991, Moffat has championed the notion that light -- remarkable for its constant velocity -- was travelling much faster just after the big bang created the universe. His theory violates Albert Einstein's universal speed limit. …

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