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Topic: Subhash Kak: the renaissance man - Usha Akella
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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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Re: Subhash Kak: the renaissance man - Usha Akella
Posted: Dec 30, 2013 12:07 PM
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Dr. Jai Maharaj posted:
> Subhash Kak: the renaissance man - Usha Akella
> Usha Akella
> December 21, 2013
> The Renaissance man
> Special ArrangementAuthor and man of many interests.
> Subhash Kak
> Subhash Kak, professor of computer science, poet and
> Indic scholar, on his myriad interests.
> Subhash Kak is Regents Professor of Computer Science at
> Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He has written
> six books of verse in English and Hindi and another 14 on
> a wide variety of subjects, including history of science
> and art. He was the anchor of Raga Unveiled, a four-hour
> documentary on Hindustani music. His books of poetry are
> The Conductor of the Dead, The London Bridge(Writers
> Workshop, Kolkata), The Secrets of Ishbar (Vitasta), The
> Chinar Garden (Blue Sparrow), Eka Taal Ek Darpana (Raka
> Prakashan), and Mitti Ka Anuraag (Alakananda). Excerpts
> from an interview:
> Continues at:

LSU professor resolves Einstein's twin paradox
February 14, 2007

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

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 Physics, 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

Citation: Subhash Kak, "Moving Observers in an Isotropic
Universe", DOI: 10.1007/s10773-006-9281-2


Source: Louisiana State University

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