Hi i'm hoping some of you might be able to assist me as i have to admit algebra is not my forte' in fact to say my understanding of it is limited would be an understatement.

I recently received an email from my manager at work stating that he has proven that time goes faster the older you get and has detailed the calculations to evidence this below.

From speaking to my Manager there is potentially a 'trick' involved with his calculations however noone within our team has been able to work out what this is as most of us have had limited work in algebra.

I am curious to know if anyone on this forum is able to work out the equations below or the trick involved in 'proving that time goes faster the older you get'.

Please see the email below:

"Herewith the mathematical proof that time goes faster the older you get.

Define x as the speed of time when you are middle-aged, say, for instance, when you are 40.

Define y as the speed of time when you are a child, say, for instance, when you are 8.

Pickard’s axiom is that the value of x is higher than the value of y, in that the speed of time is always faster the older you are, and that this can be proved mathematically.

The logic is as follows:

Define a as being the value of 4.

We first need to examine the relationship between y and x, i.e. between the speed of time when a child is 8 and the speed of time for that person when they are 40. It is clear that 4 is half of 8.

Thus we can say 4 = 8 ÷ 2

Therefore a = y ÷ 2

Therefore y = 2a

Now consider the relationship between x and a, i.e. between the speed of time when the person is 40 and the value of 4. It is clear that 4 is one tenth of 40.

Thus 4 = 40 ÷ 10

Therefore a = x ÷ 10

Therefore x = 10a

Given that we have proved that

X = 10a

Y = 2a

we can now see the relationship between y and x, which is crucial to the truth of Pickard’s axiom, namely that

10a ÷ 2a = 5 = x ÷ y

Therefore 10a = 5 (2a)

And x = 5y

We have proved that the value of x is 5 times the value of y.

Therefore the speed of time for x (when the person is 40) is 5 times the speed for y (when the same person was 8)."

Any help much appreciated!

Regards,

Ryan