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Time dilation

  1. Mar 21, 2009 #1


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    In section 4 STR Einstein wrote -

    "If one of two synchronous clocks at A is moved in a closed curve with constant velocity until it returns to A, the journey lasting t seconds, then by the clock which has remained at rest the travelled clock on its arrival at A will be a .5tv^2/c^2 second slow. Thence we conclude that a balance-clock at the equator must go more slowly, by a very small amount, than a precisely similar clock situated at one of the poles under otherwise identical conditions."

    What do people think he meant by the phrase "...must go more slowly..."?

    Does anyone agree that he meant that the moving clock will tick over at a slower rate than (i.e. incur time dilation relatively to) the other clock?
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  3. Mar 21, 2009 #2
    You worded it much better than he did. Obviously the clock at the equator is traveling faster but ticking slower so what the author was saying is that the clock was going slower by going faster.
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