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Relativity and the Twin Paradox I The Great Courses

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Published on Jun 25, 2012

In this clip from The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson describes the Twins Paradox, a hypothetical scenario which uses identical twins to illustrate one of the more bizarre phenomena predicted by Einstein’s theory of relativity—the idea that the passage of time is affected by the speed you are going or the amount of gravity that you are exposed to.

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This is an excerpt of The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries, a series of online courses presented by Dr. Tyson in Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History.

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