Tuesday, 8 October 2013

How old were they?

The great German-American physicist, Albert Einstein, is generally given credit for realising that the passage of time is not a fixed property of our universe. But I believe that there may be evidence of a prior Welsh discovery that time passing can be perceived differently by different observers.

Consider these data taken from the Census Forms completed by the residents of 64 Vale Road, Rhyl.

NameAge at Census
Jane Davies55 60
John Davies29 36
Susy Davies33 40
Maggie Davies7 16
Jennie Davies7 months10

Perhaps the most basic statement of the principle of special relativity should be — the older you are, bach, the more slowly you age.

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