What the Global Positioning System Tells Us about the Twin?s Paradox
|Title||What the Global Positioning System Tells Us about the Twin?s Paradox|
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|Author(s)||Tom Van Flandern|
|Keywords||GPS, atomic clocks, twin paradox|
|No. of pages||6|
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In the GPS, all atomic clocks in all reference frames (in orbit and on the ground) are set once and stay synchronized. We can use this same trick to place a GPS-type clock aboard the spacecraft of a traveling twin. That clock will stay synchronized with Earth clocks, allowing a clear resolution of the twin?s paradox in special relativity ?why the traveller expects to come back younger, and why the stay-at-home twin is not entitled to the same expectation."