The Nature of Time


I CANNOT accept Prof. Campbell's criticism, which seems to me to be inconsistent. Apparently he holds that the time of an event is, by definition,a dial reading (“Fundamentally its nature is that of a dial reading”: “the scale readings are the times”). He agrees, however, that “the time distortion cannot be exhibited experimentally”. Hence there is no evidence for a change of dial reading (that is, of that which by definition is the time). What, then, is this “time distortion” which he accepts?

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DINGLE, H. The Nature of Time. Nature 145, 427–428 (1940).

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