Time and motion: the old clock tower and an electrified trolley in Bern

Downtown Bern, Switzerland. If you are moving away from a clock and look back at it, the light you see must catch up with you. If your motion is near the speed of light, the clock you see will be slow. Einstein recognized in this a clue to the flexibility of time itself.

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