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What's the Time?

  1. Jul 26, 2003 #1
    I don't understand the thing
    with Einstein and the moving
    clocks. Two clocks moving re-
    lative to each other; each
    percieves the other to be keep-
    ing slower time? Signals sent
    back and forth arrive later than
    expected?
     
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  3. Jul 28, 2003 #2

    HallsofIvy

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    Yes.


    What is it you don't understand?
     
  4. Jul 28, 2003 #3
    HallsofIvy,

    Thanks for responding.

    I recently looked this up in the
    New Illustrated Science and Inve-
    ntion Encyclopedia and was com-
    pletely confused when I found what
    has to have been an error on the
    part of the writer and illustrator
    of the article.

    I went back to the original Einstein but found his discussion
    to be dependent on the preceeding
    chapters.

    My sence is that it can probably
    be explained independantly of
    the whole theory, as the Encyclo-
    pedia tried to do, but only by
    someone who actually understands
    it.

    I'll start off by saying that I
    understand the concept and formula
    for calculating distance by
    reflected light.

    Thanks
    -Zoob
     
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