Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 35 - Think and Explain: 64

Answer

Yes, it is possible for a son or daughter to be biologically older than his or her parents.

Work Step by Step

A traveling person's biological clock will tick more slowly than a stay-at-home-person's clock. A supremely irresponsible new parent could set out on a relativistic rocket ship, traveling at such a high speed that the $\gamma$ factor is 30. S/he could then return, two years older than when s/he left, only to find that the kid has aged by 60 years.
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