"Paradoxes of Time and Space"

BTG Issue: 
July/August 1992 | Vol. 26 No. 4
Examples of Einstein's theory of relativity shows "that modern physics allows for remarkable transformations of space and time. And apparently, similar ideas are found in Vedic literature."

"Imagine a man travels into outer space on a rocket at near the speed of light and then returns to earth. According to Einstein's theory of relativity, the man will find he has not aged as much as his identical twin brother who stayed home. Time will have passed more slowly on the rapidly moving rocket than on the slow-moving earth. This disparity in the passage of time is often called time dilation. This story of the twins is called the twin paradox, since it runs contrary to our expectations. ... [While] comparison between concepts from the Bhagavatam and concepts from modern physics are crude at best and should be regarded only as metaphors ... they do indicate that some of the strange features of the universes as described in Vedic literature may be no more 'far out' than some of the ideas in accepted theories of modern physics."

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