Skip to main content

Posts

Featured

How Contact (1997) Got the 'Twin Paradox' Wrong

The movie Contact, based off of Carl Sagan's novel, is about aliens who send instructions for a ship that will enable a human to travel incredibly far in space to meet them. The aliens's plan went accordingly as Dr. Ellie Arroway comes face to face with them. From Ellie's point of view the journey lasted 18 hours. However, those not inside the alien-designed ship only saw the ship fall through the spinning rings of the device. From their point of view, the ship Ellie was in only fell for a second before landing in the water.
The movie is most definitely thought-provoking, but it portrayed the Twin Paradox backwards. Elli traveled extremely fast, it could be guessed that she traveled close to the speed of light. Her journey lasted 18 hours, whereas the time on Earth that passed was merely a second or two.  The resolution to the Twin Paradox is that the twin who traveled at the speed of light and came back to Earth is younger than the twin that stayed on Earth. In simpler term…

Latest Posts

A Physics Lesson From Divergent

The Science Behind Godzilla

Climate Change

"The Science of Superheroes" By Lois H. Gresh and Robert E. Weinberg

Armageddon Asteroid

Mission Impossible III