When Time Breaks Down!
Time in physics is defined by its measurement: time is what a clock reads. In classical, non-relativistic physics it is a scalar quantity and, like length, mass, and charge, is usually described as a fundamental quantity.
Time is the progression of events from the past to the present into the future. Time is the fourth dimension of reality, used to describe events in three-dimensional space.
But what is the True Nature of Time?
Matter feels mass because of the energy of its internal moving parts.
A watched pot never boils. A boring college lecture lasts forever.
Our perception of time depends upon how much attention we pay to it.
We have internal clocks, neural processors, dedicated to counting of seconds and hours. While our memories layer over the course of our lives, and in their ordering, we see the flow of years.
Our often flawed perception of time comes from watching patterns in our brain evolve. But that’s just the perception. Any clock is just an arrangement of matter. Every tick is the result of countless interactions between the tiniest sub-atomic particles.
The rotating gears are comprised of atoms vibrating in metal lattices, bound by electrons flickering in their orbits, themselves held in place by protons that are comprised of quarks in constant motion.
The sum total of this motion results in a smooth, consistent evolution of time.
But do the individual components of the clock feel the same flow of time?