Speakable and Unspeakable in Special Relativity: the Ageing of the Twins in the ParadoxGuerra V* and Abreu RD
Department of Physics, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
- *Corresponding Author:
- Guerra V
Department of Physics
Instituto Superior Técnico
Technical University of Lisbon
Received Date: February 22, 2017; Accepted Date: March 20, 2017; Published Date: March 22, 2017
Citation: Guerra V, Abreu RD (2017) Speakable and Unspeakable in Special Relativity: the Ageing of the Twins in the Paradox. J Phys Math 8:218. doi: 10.4172/2090-0902.1000218
Copyright: © 2017 Guerra V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In previous papers, we have presented a general formulation of special relativity, based on a weaker statement of the postulates. In this work, the paradigmatic example of the twin paradox is discussed in detail. Within the present formulation of special relativity, a “non-paradoxical” interpretation of the asymmetric ageing of the twins emerges. It is based exclusively on the rhythms of the clocks, which are not related by the standard textbook expressions and shall not be confused with clock time readings. Moreover, the current approach exposes the irrelevance of the acceleration of the returning twin in the discussion of the paradox.