Originally Posted by robbieopperude
One thing that I will just point out is that the mathematics that we understand and apply can be entirely different than how another civilization applies or understands mathematics. We are always learning. Perhaps the speed of light is just a equation that we currently understand and that we can't comprehend any other type of travel or speed at this time.
Spoonboy to Neo from the Matrix:
Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. There is no spoon.
This is a great point. Mathematics and science in general depend heavily on perspective. There are numerous examples of modern science being unable to explain ancient phenomena; due largely to the fact that we cannot comprehend the circumstances that surrounded the development of those things or have any insight into the motive or environmental tools present at the time they were created.
Given the fact that our science cannot understand things that were built by other humans on our own planet, it is easy to imagine that there could be a great deal of applied science and mathematics that is simply way beyond our current scope of understanding.
Imagine the idea of the internet to someone living 1500 years ago. Sending thoughts, words, images, etc through the ethos to anywhere in the world would be literally incomprehensible to someone who will never experience electricity in their lifetime. The internet would seem no less impossible to them
than intergalactic travel seems to us today.