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the things i ponder when incredibly sleep deprived:

i had a conversation with shawn (later continuing it with kirtan for a while) this morning that was quite odd.

you know, as you approach the speed of light, time slows down. if you had an analog and a digital clock would the displayed time be effected? and would they be effected in the same way? would one slow down more than the other?

and if you were there, would you percieve the time slowing down, or would it not seem to change?


(edit: read comments if you want to watch boys throwing their geek cocks around)

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On July 5th, 2004 11:29 pm (UTC), fiduch commented:
i see what you mean... that like, a digital clock works on electrical impulses rather than the spring-measured ticking of mechanical gears in an analog clock. but it's my understanding that, if you were in a spaceship travelling close to the speed of light, then *everything* that was also travelling at that velocity relative to some single point (say, earth, for example) would behave exactly the same as if it were standing still.

i say "standing still", but since this is relativity... everything is, of course, relative. it could just as easily be observed that the spaceship was staying in the same place and that earth was moving away from it at tremendous velocity.

anyways, both clocks should be effected in exactly the same way... :op it's kinda like, a little bubble forms around whatever's travelling at that speed, and, to anything that exists within that bubble, time seems to pass perfectly normally (even for a person). it wouldn't be until they slowed down and checked how long they'd been travelling in earth time that they'd know how long it had really been.

er, does that make sense?
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On July 5th, 2004 11:35 pm (UTC), johnphys replied:
As far as I'm concerned, you can add the word "Physics" in front of "Geek".

You've got the most accurate picture so far.

Well done.
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On July 5th, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC), fiduch replied:
heh... when i saw the email come telling me that you'd replied to my comment, i immediately thought "uh oh, i've been corrected by the physics dude...".

i was pleasantly surprised... merci! :op
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On July 5th, 2004 11:44 pm (UTC), johnphys replied:
sweet, "The Physics Dude"
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On July 6th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC), johnphys replied:
You gotta petition Disney to add something about this to their theme park.
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On July 6th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC), fiduch replied:
heh... well, they already have a time travel ride *and* a space shuttle simulator ride... so i think they're well on their way!
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