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December 17, 2007, 9:26 pm
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The following question assumes that the laws, theories, hypotheses, et al
of physics as we currently know them are correct and accurately understood.
There is no subliminal "trick" or obfuscation (-love that word) involved in
attaining the right answer.
It is far, far in the future, and I am very, very rich. I've just
purchased the latest and greatest spaceship ever made. It goes faster than
anything preceding it. Not quite the speed of light, of course, for that
is impossible, but the difference between C and the ship's top speed is
For my maiden voyage, I've decided to take my non-maiden girlfriend to the
Alpha Centauri Sybaris. The distance from Earth hasn't changed much since
the bonehead days of the 21st century, and for purposes of the question
(only), acceleration is stipulated to occur virtually instantly and will
not crush the crew or cause abnormal effects with regard to the conditions
of the scenario.
The question is: How long (my time) will it take me to reach my
(a) 5 minutes
(b) 4.3 years
(c) 4.3 years plus a reasonably significant additional amount of time
(d) 8.6 years or more
(e) It can't be determined closely without a very precise accounting of
velocity throughout the trip
Times are not perfectly exact, and the closest answer gets the cigar.
Cavemen have formidable pheromones.