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)
It gets wierder.
Say Shawn and Alicia had agreed that after 10 minutes passed for shawn, he'd send a signal to her telling her what time he had, that way she could compare the two times.
So, it reads 12:10 on the boombox, and 12:01 on Alicia's clocks.
Shawn sends a message to Alicia, saying "It's 12:10".
Because the speed of light is the fastest anything can go, by the time it reaches Alicia, her clocks will read exactly 12:10, making the two measurements line up.
You're REALLY going to have to clarify this question to get an answer out of me.
I'll try to clarify it for you.
If they decide to meet up back on earth at 12:10, what happens is this.
Shawn stays put for 10 minutes and waits. Alicia won't show up for some time though.
Alicia travels for 5 minutes (HER time), and then travels back for 5 minutes (HER time).
The KEY thing here is that Alicia CHANGED DIRECTION, so the two points of view are no longer equal. Alicia is now the traveler.
Since for every minute Alicia, experiences, Shawn experiences 10, she only experiences 1, when she gets back, she will have gone through 10 minutes, her clocks read 12:10.
Shawn, however, experienced 10 times that! His clock reads 1:40.
Alicia has just traveled 100 minutes into shawn's future, and it took her 10 mintues to get there.
lol, but the rate itself has to be relative to something else! :op
and if your close-to-light-speed spaceship had portholes, you could presumably look out of them and anything you could see (probably stars, mostly) would appear to be moving in slow motion...
damn einstein... or was newtons more accurate... it was einstein i think that had the most accurate depiction of relativity... anyway... i dont know... i dont know how it could be possible to not come to this conclusion i guess because from a physiological aspect we are basically atoms... the atoms would slow at speeds near the speed of light but i guess because we are so complex it would be easy to think otherwise maybe? i dunno. but it seems amazing to think about. god i love physics.
Einstein was more accurate. There are TWO theories of relativity. The one we're discussing (or at least, the one which has answers to questions we're discussing) is the first one he published, the Special Theory of Relativity.
The second has to do with gravity, and is called the General Theory of Relativity.
The second basically says you can't distinguish between gravity and other types of acceleration
true on the "relative to something else" bit.
My example above (Shawn and Alicia and the clocks), is written from Shawn's point of view (Alicia is moving). You can just was well switch all the clocks and Shawn and Alicia around so that Alicia is still and Shawn is moving, by looking at it from Alicia's perspective.
As far as "stars in slow motion", I don't think that would occur, because all that info (light) takes time to get to you, and it can only travel at a certain speed.
So I don't think it would look like it's "in slow motion", but the SHAPES would appear distorted, I'm pretty sure (you can find links on the net for this, I don't know where unfortunately).
i think that things would not show up at all... wouldnt the stars and everything else appear to not be there at all? isnt there a point where you're moving too quickly for any other object to appear visible to you if its at a standstill?
bingo again. It's known as length contraction.
It's just that the faster someting is going, the SHORTER it is.
Also, the contraction only happens along the direction of travel.
So, if alicia was flying superman style past shawn, she'd look like a midget.