The height of time dilation

The office move at work means a change in height for many departments. Will the time dilation as defined by GR be noticeable? Time will tell!

In a few weeks our department at work is changing floor.

Instead of being at the heady heights of the 3rd floor, we’re going down to the 2nd. This is to allow the IT department to move into our old office cubicles.

But I think I’ve found the real reason. According to GR theory, time passes slower in higher gravitational fields. In other words, time will pass slower for us on the 2nd floor than for those on the 3rd floor.

If we work in an environment where time runs slower, presumably we are able to perform more tasks in the same duration. It’s not that we have more time, but that we become more efficient.

Conversely, for the IT crowd up on 3rd floor, they won’t have less time for their tasks, it’s just that time will be zooming on ahead and if they’re not careful it will run completely ahead of them.

Will it make a measurable difference? We’ll duly find out. It already seems to take an eternity for the phone call to IT services to be answered without time actually running slower for us than for them.

Time will tell!

Paul

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Author: Paul Wandason

I love astronomy and science fiction, but I love my family more. So I love time travel too!

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