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Landmarks in the History of Science » Physics-Astronomy » Rare Paper: Atomic Clocks Coming and Going [The clock paradox is nonsense] Creation Research Society Quarterly, 1977

Rare Paper: Atomic Clocks Coming and Going [The clock paradox is nonsense] Creation Research Society Quarterly, 1977

Autor: Louis Essen
Cod: 8183
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Detalii produs 'Credo quia absurdum' = The mantra of the physicists today.

Louis Essen (1908-1997) was an English physicist, an expert in the precise measurement of time. He built in 1955 the first atomic clock. As a result, in 1967, the cosmical second was replaced by the atomic second. Essen, of course, was a critic of Einstein's relativity theory, especially as it related to 'time dilation'.

Ironically, the paper ''Atomic Clocks Coming and Going'' by L. Essen, was denied by Nature, a scientific journal, but accepted by Creation Research Society Quarterly, a Christian publication.

''The clock paradox, for example, follows from a very obvious mistake in a thought experiment (in spite of the nonsense written by relativists, Einstein had no idea of the units and disciplines of measurement). There is really no more to be said about the paradox, but many thousands of words have been written nevertheless. In my view, these tend to confuse the issue. One aspect of this subject which you have not dealt with is the accuracy and reliability of the experiments claimed to support the theory. The effects are on the border line of what can be measured. The authors tend to get the result required by the manipulation and selection of results. This was so with Eddington’s eclipse experiment, and also in the more resent results of Hafele and Keating with atomic clocks. This result was published in Nature, so I submitted a criticism to them. In spite of the fact that I had more experience with atomic clocks than anyone else, my criticism was rejected. It was later published in the Creation Research Quarterly, vol. 14, 1977, p. 46.’
      L. Essen, 25 March 1984, letter to Carl Zappfe

''In 1972 four atomic clocks were flown round the world and the times recorded by them were compared with the times recorded by similar clocks in Washington. The results obtained from the individual clocks differed by as much as 300 nanoseconds. This absurdly optimistic conclusion was accepted and given wide publicity in the scientific literature and by the media as a confirmation of the clock paradox. All the experiment showed was that the clocks were not sufficiently accurate to detect the small effect predicted.
Why have scientists accepted a theory which contains obvious errors and lacks any genuine experimental support? It is a difficult question, but a number of reasons can be suggested. There is first the ambiguous language used by Einstein and the nature of his errors. Units of measurements, though of fundamental importance, are seldom discussed outside specialist circles and the errors in clock comparisons are hidden away in the thought experiments.''
L. Essen, Relativity - Joke or Swindle?, Electronics & Wireless, February 1988

''The authors [Hafele and Keating] then proceed to make a statistical analysis of the frequency comparisons made between the clocks, to obtain their final results. No details of these comparisons are given, but the analysis is based on the assumptions that the frequency variations are random in nature, which appears to be unlikely and is not in accord with my own experience.

In their theoretical discussion, the authors ignore detailed and fully documented criticism of Einstein's relativity theory which have been made and have not been refuted. I suggest therefore that the theoretical basis of their prediction needs careful scrutiny and that the experimental results given in their paper do not support these predictions.''
       L. Essen, Atomic Clocks Coming and Going, 1977

Atomic Clocks Coming and Going in Creation Research Society Quarterly, Volume 14, Number 1,  June, 1977, p. 78, 28 cm; Essen's article on p. 46; ex library copy;  fine condition. Very rare.

Price: US $400,000.00