Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Time itself

  1. Sep 28, 2007 #1
    hm...just had an interesting thought...isn't the so called "time" just for convienently pointing out where matters are at a certain moment?

    If that's the case...then if somehow within a region of the universe, where the fundemental particles are moving slower than any other regions in the universe. Can I describe that region as "having a slower time" than other regions?

    If that's the case, then theoratically, time wouldn't exist or is freezed if the fundemental matter/particles are not moving at all?
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 29, 2007 #2


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Your post doesn't make a whole lot of sense: If an object is moving slower, that doesn't mean time is moving slower.

    There are certain physical processes that happen at a constant rate all the time and they are the basis for measuring the passage of time.
  4. Sep 29, 2007 #3
    but can't I say that time exists because the atoms in the universe are all moving at any instant? If the atoms can be completely freezed, at a non-movement state, time for that atom would be stopped?
  5. Sep 29, 2007 #4


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    No, you can't say that- not without some evidence, which you haven't produced. A large problem being that you haven't defined what YOU mean by "time"!
  6. Sep 30, 2007 #5
    Movement seems to be an inherent property of matter/energy. However, if in your mind, you have an imaginary atom that is completely frozen, with absolutely no motion, then that atom is not under the influence of time. Of course, this only applies to imaginary atoms and imaginary time.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook