India origin professor solves Einstein's twin paradox
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India origin professor solves Einstein's twin paradox

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 19 February 2007, 06:00 Hrs
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HOUSTON: An Indian American professor of electrical and computer engineering at Louisiana State University has claimed to have solved Einstein's twin paradox.

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. The paradox has been described using the analogy of twins: if one twin is placed on a spacecraft travelling near the speed of light while the other twin remains earthbound, the unmoved twin would have aged dramatically compared with his interstellar sibling.

"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 the scientist Subhask Kak.

Kak, whose formula completes findings by Einstein, hails from Jammu and Kashmir. He completed his PhD at the IIT, Delhi in 1970. He is presently a professor of electrical engineering at the Asian Studies And Cognitive Science Programs at LSU, Baton Rogue.

Kak, findings were published online in the International Journal of Theoretical Physics said that his findings will enhance the scientific community's comprehension of relativity. He uses probabilistic relationships to assume that general properties of the universe do not vary by location.

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