Einstein Said Time Is Relative To A Clock

Einstein Said Time Is Relative To A Clock

   Einstein said time is relative. Did he mean to a clock or to what? Misled by time, Einstein thought that time had physical properties. We measure distances with time instead of using a measuring stick, but time has some limitations. 

Einstein thought events of relativity could stop time or change the rate of aging.  Perhaps you think that time is responsible for your birth and death? But the true power of time is much different than you have realized. 

Time is a personal history of your life in ways that you don't know. Before I step into your personal life, let me mention what science knows about time.

The Definition Of Time

The scientific definition of time does not address the fundamental nature of time. Events can happen forward and backward in space, whereas events only happen in the forward progress of time. 

In physics, motion is the phenomenon in which an object changes its position over time. Motion is mathematically described in terms of displacement, or distance, using the measurement of an object's speed per unit of time. 

Another great definition is that time is what the clock shows. Science has no definition of time except to say it’s based on one second. Before I explain what time is and how it works, let's look at a short history of time.

Time and Motion

Most people seem to make the error of thinking that time is the same as motion. 

Let me explain. The first way humans noticed the movement of time was that they saw the sun move across the sky from sunrise to sunset. To measure longer periods of time, they used the motion of the moon. Each full moon to the next full moon took about 29 days. 

Thousands of years ago, Greeks used a water clock by measuring the flow of water into a container. This was the first way that humans used motion to make a simple clock. 

The next invention was an hourglass that used the flow of sand in a glass bottle to measure time. The saying "she has an hourglass figure" comes from the shape of an hourglass. 

In 1656 the pendulum clock was invented to measure time using a swinging arm attached to a weight. The pendulum clock was a fairly accurate timepiece until the 1930s. 

The quartz clock came out in 1927, it uses a current of electricity to vibrate a quartz crystal, and the frequency of the quartz moves the clock's mechanism. 

Finally, the atomic clock measures the number of photons emitted from a cesium-133 atom's orbital electron. The cesium clock is accurate within one second in 3 million years. 

Did you notice that none of these time measuring tools measure time? They all measure a type of motion and then convert that motion into time.

The Beat of Time

Music is universal and has been called food for the soul. If you are a musician, you are familiar with the metronome. A metronome produces an audible tick each second or fraction of a second. 

You can practice setting the beat of your music with a metronome. But if you set it to tick every second, it ticks the same rate as a clock. Then the sound of the ticking is the beat of our planet's time. 

The sound you hear is the motion of sound waves entering your ears as each tick takes one second. A metronome ticking doesn't give you the time of day. 

However, there are 86,400 seconds in a day, so if you count each audible tick of a metronome, it becomes an audible clock. What just happened? 

A constant beat was converted into a timekeeping tool, just like a constant moving pendulum became a clock. Now I ask you, what is time? 

Your Heartbeat

How do you experience time? Your heart has a beat that pumps blood into your veins. If your heart beats 60 times each minute, then your heart is like a timekeeping tool. 

Your beating heart.

You can hear and feel your heart beating, and it gives you a relationship with time. Humans experience time with the beating of their hearts.  Time in your life is something that happens to you. 

You have learned to measure time through your experience of living. How long does it take you to walk to school? How long until you finish your work? When do I go to sleep? I will earn enough money to buy a car next year, etc. 

Your relationship with time is as personal as your memories. What is time?

The Time of Your Life


I’m trying to understand time, but it's strangely difficult. I have a timeline from birth to this moment now.  You and I have learned how to live with time by the experience of living. 

You experience time as happening to you. It takes time to walk to the bus stop; it takes time to make dinner, It takes time to eat. But time seems to happen even when you don't do anything. 

How do you experience time? Things like clocks don’t experience time. You experience time with your beating heart and your curious and active mind. 

You dream about adventures and romantic relationships. You imagine winning the lottery and traveling to exotic locations. You let time govern your life and then feel powerless to govern your time. Does time control your life? What is time?

Personal Time vs. Clock Time

A clock doesn’t measure time the way you do. A clock doesn’t even measure time; a clock measures motion. 

I know it’s difficult to explain, but when you wake up to see the sunrise, you look at the time. Do you think that the Earth just made another rotation around its axis? Do you think the sun is up and is moving across the sky? 

During your life, you don’t realize that you move with the motion of Mother Earth. How do you experience time? You experience time with your heart and your mind. 

You think that time has physical powers because your experience of living on our planet’s motion makes you feel that time is personal. You have memories of experiences and dreams of your past. You dream of experiencing your memories again. 

But when your beating heart stops, your time ends. We will remember your lifetime by the events you lived and measure it by the number of years. But you don’t die because of time. 

You die when your heart stops from the physical and emotional stress, accidents, and illnesses you experience.

What's more real, your beating heart or time? The motion in the universe causes things to move, and we use clocks to measure the motion that we experience. 

The motion of your heart should tell you that the power of your heart beating is real, and the measurement of motion is a number. The power of life keeps you alive and takes away your life. 

Time is a measurement of things happening, but time is not the motion or your life. Time is our way of keeping track of our events.  We are fooled into believing that time is a real thing that causes things to happen. 

You are in charge of your actions and thoughts. Therefore, be in charge of your time.

Okay, what is time?

What Is Time?

Time is the measurement of the earth's motion, and it measures the duration of a day and a year on our planet.  The confusion is that people think time governs motion, but it's the other way around; motion governs time. 

A clock is used to measure motion and the time of day, while a calendar is used to measure days and months. Time uses three measurements; when an event happens, the duration of the event, and the rate or speed of the event's motion. 

For instance, the 100-meter race is an example from the Olympics. The race takes place on Friday at 9 pm; during the 10-minute event, it takes about 10 seconds for racers to run 100 meters at an average speed of 10m/second.

Our planet spins for 86,400 seconds during one revolution. Time is the measurement of the motion that moves the earth. But time is not the motion or the cause of the motion.

We don’t know what causes the earth to spin, but the motion and the measurement of the movement are not the same. Most people don’t realize that time doesn't move. 

Time moves only in the sense that the motion that we measure is moving. Time and space are measurements that together give us the speed of an object. But time and the distance traveled (space) are not the motion; they are measurements of the motion. 

Time is just one of the measurements that we use to describe our environment. Time is a misunderstood concept; it's an invention to measure the motion of our planet using the units of seconds. 

Did Einstein Mislead Us?

Did Einstein think that time is real? He invented the idea that time is relative to a clock but did he realize that time is only a measurement? 

If Einstein realized that the time on a clock is just a number, he misled the truth. 

Einstein must have known that time is a measurement (a number) that a clock displays. Numbers are not real things that cause events to happen. Numbers are labels or measurements.

Did Einstein think that time is the cause of motion and events? We use time to measure a motion or event. Time is the date of an event or the duration of motion. 

The ultimate truth of time has arrived, and scientists should question if  Einstein misled the truth on purpose. 

I am working on my book Einstein: Misled By Time. In next week's blog, I will continue to explore the meaning of time. 

Thanks for spending some time with my thoughts and ideas. If you have a comment email me at eriklovin@gmail.com or visit my blog at https://lovinthings.com/ 

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About the Author Erik Lovin

Erik has a BSc degree and is a retired professional photographer who is now a published author of many books. His passion is understanding how life and the universe work. He is currently blogging about the science of the Big Bang and science in your life. Erik is helping his tribe with questions about the universe. His goal is to help find a theory of everything (TOE). In order to do that, he is trying to prove light has mass and that the fabric of spacetime is a false theory. We are welcoming questions and answers that you might have about the universe.

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