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Q & A: stopping time with a magnet?

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Most recent answer: 01/25/2015
Q:
i was playing with magnet one day and suddenly i kept it on back side of my watch ....and suddenly i saw that time in that watch stopped......!...i know its because magnet pulled its metallic parts...but if we look at it from other view .....can magnetic force stop time...??it can be so that before big bang magnetic force would have hold time together and as soon as the blast occurred..... time started....just think about it sir..........time is a physical quantity..can it be stoped...?? with magnet....is there any relationship between magnetic force and time....??please share your views about it..
- Gaurav Acharaya (age 14)
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
A:

I'm sorry you had bad luck and broke your watch with the magnet. That's one reason I use a cheap digital watch- magnets don't break it. Fortunately, so far I have no magnetic parts despite being an old guy, so magnets won't break any internal time-keeping parts either.

There's no reason to think that magnetism has any special relation to time in the Big Bang. There is a connection between time and gravity, however. If a clock is down in a gravitational field, compared to you, you see it as running slow. It sees you as running fast. This has been confirmed in many experiments. From our outside point of view, clocks right near the edge ("event horizon") of a black hole would be almost stopped.

Mike W.


(published on 01/25/2015)

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