[time-nuts] Time may not exist

Mike Feher mfeher at eozinc.com
Sat Jul 28 20:57:54 EDT 2007


I really like your namesake's (Stephen) title for his original book "A Brief
History of Time" and the newer version "A Briefer History of Time". Now
there is a "time-nut". Very clever titles. - Mike 

 
 
Mike B. Feher, N4FS
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Howell, NJ, 07731
732-886-5960
 
 
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From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
Behalf Of Bill Hawkins
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2007 8:34 PM
To: 'Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement'
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Time may not exist

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Completely agree with Didier and Tim.

There's another observation about time: Events are spaced in time.
If there is no time, then everything happens at once.

Perhaps our Big Bang came from another universe running out of time
(what a concept).

Bill Hawkins


-----Original Message-----
From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On
Behalf Of Tim Shoppa
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2007 9:50 AM
To: time-nuts at febo.com
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Time may not exist

"Didier Juges" <didier at cox.net> wrote:
> I think what is proposed is that time, while real, would not be a 
> fundamental dimension of the universe, it would be a dimension of 
> convenience, due to our lack of understanding of the underlying
principles.
>
> It is interesting considering that a lot of people in the last half 
> century or so have tried to do the opposite: relate everything to time

> simply because time is what we can measure most accurately, at least 
> at the macro scale.
>
> I am an engineer, so this makes no difference to me, but I find it 
> fascinating. Maybe I should have been a physicist...

I was a physicist. After hearing way too many years about super-string
theory, coordinate-free notation, etc. I quit, and now my day job
consists of building/maintaining a supervisory control system that
hurtles metal subway trains 450 to 600 feet long from a stop to 60 MPH
and back again every minute or two, 40000 times a day.

To say that "I quit" is one interpretation, an equally valid
interpretation would be that I completely flamed out in my first
post-doc :-).

I am so much happier now that I get to use coordinates again :-).

It is increasingly frustrating that the several thousand clocks around
the railroad are never synchronized, though!

Tim.

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