Dr Subhash Kak resolves Einstein’s twin paradox

published on February 16, 2007

(Foreword-Dr. Subash Kak is an eminent scientist,philosopher and Indologist.He has held appointments at IIT-Delhi,Imperial college-London,BELL Laboratories and TAT Institute of fundamental research-Mumbai.He has authored more than two hundred papers and ten books in various fields.


Apart from his scientific work,he has contributed considerably towards our Ancient History. This includes his partial decipherment of the Indus Script of the Third Millennium B.C. and his decipherment of the astronomical code of the Vedas that sheds light on the scientific achievements of the Vedic people. This work is contributing to a major reappraisal of ancient histories of the Indian and European peoples.


His work on the Indus Script has established that the script is the ancestor of the Brahmi Script of the Ashokan times.His discovery of the Vedic astronomical code shows that Vedic rituals had a scientific basis and that the Vedic Indians possessed advanced mathematical and scientific knowledge. His works support the thesis that the Vedic people created their literature and sciences within India”)

LSU professor resolves Einstein’s twin paradox

Louisiana State UniversityPublic release date: 14-Feb-2007

BATON ROUGE – Subhash Kak, Delaune Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at LSU, recently resolved the twin paradox, known as one of the most enduring puzzles of modern-day physics.


First suggested by Albert Einstein more than 100 years ago, the paradox deals with the effects of time in the context of travel at near the speed of light. Einstein originally used the example of two clocks – one motionless, one in transit. He stated that, due to the laws of physics, clocks being transported near the speed of light would move more slowly than clocks that remained stationary. In more recent times, the paradox has been described using the analogy of twins. If one twin is placed on a space shuttle and travels near the speed of light while the remaining twin remains earthbound, the unmoved twin would have aged dramatically compared to his interstellar sibling, according to the paradox.


“If the twin aboard the spaceship went to the nearest star, which is 4.45 light years away at 86 percent of the speed of light, when he returned, he would have aged 5 years. But the earthbound twin would have aged more than 10 years!” said Kak.


The fact that time slows down on moving objects has been documented and verified over the years through repeated experimentation. But, in the previous scenario, the paradox is that the earthbound twin is the one who would be considered to be in motion – in relation to the sibling – and therefore should be the one aging more slowly. Einstein and other scientists have attempted to resolve this problem before, but none of the formulas they presented proved satisfactory.


Kak’s findings were published online in the International Journal of Theoretical Science, and will appear in the upcoming print version of the publication. “I solved the paradox by incorporating a new principle within the relativity framework that defines motion not in relation to individual objects, such as the two twins with respect to each other, but in relation to distant stars,” said Kak. Using probabilistic relationships, Kak’s solution assumes that the universe has the same general properties no matter where one might be within it.


The implications of this resolution will be widespread, generally enhancing the scientific community’s comprehension of relativity. It may eventually even have some impact on quantum communications and computers, potentially making it possible to design more efficient and reliable communication systems for space applications.


For more information, please contact Subhash Kak at 225-578-5552 or [email protected].

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