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  1. This is why I work from the fundamentals step by step. Great leaps forward into complex theory and the terms that are born out of the theory do not address the question of: What have we learned about the operation of the universe that leads step by step toward fuller understanding. If Einstein's theory is correct, then we should be able to see the development of that theory step by step from the fundamentals. Transform equations force a relationship without going through this step by step approach. Transform equations are not safe mathematics for helping to learn truth about the operation of t
  2. This is what you quoted. Originally Posted by InfiniteNow Also, there is no need to "dumb down" physics simply because people who are too lazy to study or too stupid to understand haven't yet figured out how words are properly used in this context. Clock dilation? Really? Come on... The problem is that Einstein's treatment of time has led to the theory of spacetime. Where does that leap of imagination come into play. Or, would you say that space really means proper length and time really means proper time. What is spacetime? Is it four dimensions that include three coordinates of real
  3. You agree with what parts. Am I too stupid to understand? Is that what you think also? I know what proper time is. But that is not what is said. The word is 'time'. I say proper time is equivalent to clock time. Therefore, it is clock dilation and not time dilation. James
  4. I am not trying to take anything away from statistical analysis of possible states. What I am avoiding doing is skipping over what it was that was discovered in the original derivation of entropy. It is an unknown and it should not be. I think it is very important to get thermodynamic entropy correct. It is evidence of something that is physically important for us to know. I think there is a possibility that earlier misteps in the development of physics theory are what is making this problem difficult to solve. Well, anyway, that is what I think and proceed on. Thank you for your advice.
  5. [speaking just about the use of space and time in theory) Its length and cyclic motion that we have to work. Calling these two space and time is unwarranted by any empirical evidence. It is found that length shortens and cyclic motion slows as an object nears a body of matter, but, that is the empirical evidence we should be working from. Cyclic motion changes with respect to time and and somehow it, theoretically, becomes time itself that has changed. The increase in energy of light as it approaches the earth tells us important information about light and matter, but not about space or tim
  6. Hi Snoopy, My work has been in the public arena of the Internet for years. I have no problem with presenting it to others. However, the forum setting just doesn't work well for contesting physics theory. Hypography is the only forum I actively particpate in. I am not new to it. I think it works better than the others. There are some participants that I choose to put on ignore (there is also one moderator, but I can't put him on ignore). But, overall, there is a special quality about most of the moderators, editors, and participants in general that makes the interchange of ideas seem more per
  7. I am not troubled by time. I am troubled by efforts to make time subservient to theory. I read the link. My own conclusion is that motion takes place in time, but is separate from time. We can't experiment with time in order to prove anything physical about it. However, there is a way to come close to it. That way would be to determine a fundamental constant that is a measure of time that is not affected by motion or gravity or anything that we can devise. It would be a universal clock keeping precise time free of material influence. James
  8. And, of course, since I see the use of the name 'time' (What do you mean by it?) as being very possibly misleading, I would say the effect of clock dilation. James
  9. I probably read what you are referring to, but I am not sure where specifically you are pointing me. Is it to the Leo Szilard example? Or, is it the probability analysis? I'll go look back. I may be remembering incorrectly. Yes. But I thought I saw a strong preference for information entropy as the best definition. Statistical yes, but, actually what I am looking for is an interpretation of entropy that follows a clear physical definition of what is temperature. Temperature is the indefinable property in the defining equation of thermodynamic entropy. I see it as the hurdle that mu
  10. I don't know for sure that I saw everything that has been posted, but I did quite a bit of searching and reading to see if I could pick up on a previous thread. From what I saw there seemed to be satisfaction with 'disorder' and 'unusable heat'. The threads seemed to be quickly directed toward information entropy as if thermodynamic entropy was a subset of informational entropy. I think that Clausius did discover a true physical activity that was occuring. I think that it is important to learn what that activity is. I personally would not leave the subject of thermodynamic entropy until I felt
  11. Yes it is only our measurement of time. Our measurement of time is not time. Let me pose the question from a different perspective. There is a clock that keeps a very accurate measurement of time for us based upon some cyclic action. For simplicity, each cycle is named 'one second of measured time'. The point is that the name second is only a name. As you have implied, so far as we can tell we are not affecting the property of time. We are simply working with physical action and its rate of operation. Each cycle of the clock could have been named one 'cycle'. If we compared another frequency o
  12. Hi Snoopy, I know your answer is offerred to be genuinely helpful. Thank you for taking the time and effort. However, Clausius' statement was: "It is impossible to construct a device that, operating in a cycle, will produce no effect other than the transference of heat from a cooler body to a hotter body." Disorder is not mentioned. Disorder is a common after effect of the operation of an irreversible engine cycle. The amount of heat that escapes could also be stated as a measure of disorder. But, heat and entropy are not the same thing. The problem is that an increase in entropy usually re
  13. Hi Sanctus, The particle half-life is an example that is analogous to the clock problem. The point of this question is to hear from others how time becomes a part of physical action in the universe. Time is not something for which mechanical type tests can be performed. It is not available to be contained, handled, or tested. It seems to me that the adoption of the idea that time is the property that is being altered is an unsubstantiated assumption. There is a theory, but it is not based upon empirical evidence resulting from tests that were performed on 'time'. Anyway, thank you for respon
  14. Under the ideal conditions of the carnot engine, there is no net change in entropy. Under the conditions of a similar operating engine that passes some heat through without converting it to work, there is a net loss of entropy from the high heat source to the low heat source. The equation defining this loss of entropy is describing what specific physical occurrence? This question pertains to thermodynamic entropy. I researched previous threads about entropy; however, I am not asking about informational entropy. I am asking about the physical basis for existence of thermodynamic entropy? This i
  15. Beginning with a stationary observer on the surface of the earth, the rate at which clocks operate changes with altitude and with speed relative to the observer. The question is: What is the cause for this clock dilation? The clock's operation is a physical occurrence. Does empirical evidence indicate the reason for clock dilation? James
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