Tuesday, 30 September 2014
What is Time . . . . A Simple Guide to the Origin of Time
I not sure about you lot but in this part of the world it is getting distinctly darker earlier in the evening meaning that summer is over and Autumn has arrived. As it happened today was a nice sunny day and the fact it is just after seven o’clock in the evening as I write this (I will be eating my evening meal soon so bear that in mind) and getting darker by the second shows us that the year is rapidly vanishing into winter.
And this made me think about time, yes this really is a Big Question today, although it’s not as complex as you might think. You see if you think about what mankind has used as its reference of time over history. Starting with rising of the sun and the summer and winter solstice, which is why many of the old sacred sights such as
Stonehenge are large clocks aligned to
these events. Of course things have moved on and we now have time based on the caesium
atom which is seriously accurate, you will never be late for meeting using a continuous
cold caesium fountain atomic clock.
However all these clocks sort of miss the key issue involved in time, they all are based on moving things even if these days it’s tiny really really tiny. So the point is TIME can only exist while things move, even if the things moving are tiny like atoms or electrons. In other words time does not exist it is merely a way of expressing movement from point A to Point B. Remember the Big Bang theory says before the Big Bang time did not exist (I’m not making this up) and that is because nothing moved not even atoms. But even the tiniest movement of a single electron (or Chicken) would create (time - movement) and the Universe all in one huge explosion.
Which brings us to chickens they understand time better than you think; what is one of the earliest forms of measuring a fixed time . . . .? The Egg Timer . . . a device entirely evolved by chickens. And that old saying which folk can't ever answer. . . . Why Did The Chicken Cross the Road. . . . It was a way of travelling a fixed distance to access the accuracy of the egg timer, allowing the calculation of the horizontal movement of the chicken at a fixed speed against the gravitational forces on the egg timer. It is a little known fact that chickens were the first creatures to attempt time travel. . . . OK YES they were rubbish at it but they tried.
I may be up for yet another Nobel Prize again. . . .