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Time: A Mystery Explained


Epling, Allen Junior


Research Papers


Quantum Theory / Particle Physics



Date Published:

February 19, 2013




Quantum,Universes,Relativity,Time,Time Dilation,Big Bang


As a subject for study, time seems to be most elusive in efforts to identify and put a label on it. It is called a dimension by Einstein, but is not accepted in the same way as spatial dimensions by the scientific community. One reason is that we cannot see time, nor do we have the freedom to move within it as we do space. As beings who inhabit both space and time we try to understand why time is different. Any explanation of the true nature of time must address why time is perceived as different from space. A strict mathematical interpretation of a four dimensional object would not see any of the dimensions as different in any way except in their direction. A hypercube is an example of a four dimensional object. If time is a dimension, then space/time, and the universe, is a four dimensional object, much like a hypercube, and an understanding of the nature of the universe must begin with that perspective. This paper addresses the true nature of time by treating time as a dimension that is not unlike the other three spatial dimensions, and attempts to show that taking this approach offers an explanation as to why we see time differently, and why it appears to be passing at a very consistent rate. Other issues about time raised by the special theory of relativity, such as time dilation and its relationship to the speed of light. are also addressed and answered.

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