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The Orbiting Clock Paradox: Should the Lorentzian View Be Preferred?

Dennis J. McCarthy
Year: 1999
Keywords: Clock Paradox, Lorentzian Dynamics
Experiments confirm that a circling observer will see a stationary inertial clock in the center of the circle run fast. For large circles, one can always hypothesize the existence of a co-moving inertial "lab partner" who is co-located and essentially stationary with respect to the circling observer for some finite period of time. The circling observer must interpret that his observation of the rate of the center clock, as determined by the relativistic Doppler equation, show the center clock is running fast with respect to his stationary clocks. According to the special theory of relativity, the co-moving inertial "lab partner" of this circling observer must interpret that this same observation shows the center clock is running slow with respect to those same stationary clocks. The Lorentzian Relativity analysis of this orbiting clock situation should be preferred to the Einsteinian explanation because it does not demand that co-located "lab partners" interpret the exact same observation in two different ways.