Relative Time

October 6, 2017

Imagine you are on a train, two lightning bolts come crashing at either end of the train, are they simultaneous to you? Einstein proposed NO. To what extent was the man true and to what limits were his assumptions just an insignificant ripple in the fabric of knowledge? Let us delve deeper into this infinite loop of time.


What Einstein proposed was on the contrary a pure work of art. It all started with Newton and his take on the topic. Newtonian time, as it was called, tells us of the fact that time is absolute and for every observer it remains the same, the fact that in essence there is a giant clock ticking all around the universe. He stated that time was not in fact part of the universe and so theoretically should be taken as an absolute identity. But when further pressed on the matter he denied any explanation.



Einstein being as sharp witted as he was, took this matter to heart and started arguing on the fact, the train conundrum being the first of many. Einstein was an advocate for the fact that all theories laws and facts were in general intertwined, as he explicitly states in his widely known Theory of Relativity. He in essence meant that:


‘For any two accelerating objects time was proportional to their motion, thus changing from the point of each observer ‘


This fact denies all bounds of common sense! But here I advocate for Einstein’s sake, taking both ends of the spectrum, let us address them separately and find out if Einstein was correct, trumping the likes of Galileo, Newton, Maxwell and others.


Einstein stated a few theories, firstly He suggested that the only true constant, the speed of light, meant that time can run faster or slower depending on how high you are, and how fast you are travelling, and the fact that higher the gravitational potential, faster the time passes. Yeah he said that. And lucky for his followers, this theory is very close to being fact, taking into consideration an atomic clock that can measure to the millionth of a second we can prove this fact. Firstly, it is essential to know how these clocks work, they are based on the vibration of metal particles in an electric field, their vibrations produce frequencies that can be measured by lasers, to keep time.


These clocks were able to perceive the dilation of time, with changing gravitational potential; they ticked faster!


Einstein thought about aether that his predecessors coined, and came up with the fact that this too is not absolute, this a topic for another time, but something to think about. To us these claims are just the very boundaries of our imagination, but when they were proved and accepted worldwide it was the basis of MANY devices’ mechanism.


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