The Twin Paradox: Why it is Required by Relativity

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Scientific Paper
Title The Twin Paradox: Why it is Required by Relativity
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Author(s) Steven Bryant
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Published 2011
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 8
No. of pages 4
Pages 96-99

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The Twin Paradox is one of the most well known and debated paradoxes associated with Relativity theory.  Opponents challenge Relativity theory on the grounds that the Twin Paradox reveals an underlying flaw in the theory. Such opponents feel that the existence of a paradox, in and of itself, is sufficient to disqualify the theory. Supporters explain the paradox by introducing the concept of acceleration into the theory, thus limiting the interpretation to the twin that was undergoing the force of acceleration. However, both interpretations fail to explain why Relativity requires the paradox, which is actually the result of using a length based model to interpret wavelength based observations. Here we show the proper use and interpretation of wavelength based observations using wavelength based equations, and how the mistaken use of length based equations results in time dilation, length contraction, and the Twin Paradox.