Time Travel Science

Exploring the hows and whys of time travel.

Theories and Concepts from Dr. VonSchnelling

By Cosmo | March 14, 2020 | 2 Comments

The question everyone wants answered is this: How do you travel in time? It is a simple question, but the answer is not quite as simple. Where to begin? There are so many aspects. Let’s begin with how time is calculated. Relative Time (the Universal Time Factor) To travel in time you will require computer hardware and software that is probably beyond the technology presently available to us. But all the silicon in the world won’t help you overcome the biggest hurdle for the hardware. Dr. VonSchnelling puts it best: As I told my friend Albert, time is relative. A zecond is a zecond because vee zay it is a zecond. A day is a day because zat is the time it takes for our vorld to rotate once on its axis. On another vorld, it would be different. A machine has no concept of time. Certainly you can make a machine count forvard with quartz and crystal and mechanisms zat zimulate time, but zat is all it does… zimulate. How do you make a machine count… backwards? How am I to tell my computer “take me to June 16th, 1927”? And does the machine require me to input a precise time? Should I be precise to the minute? the zecond? the nanozecond? The Absolute Density of the Universe (the Bucket Factor) A commonly ignored obstacle to time travel is the simple fact that the universe can only hold so much matter. This is commonly referred to as the “Bucket Factor” by our engineers. Again we refer you to Dr. VonSchnelling’s notes: Imagine zat zee universe is a bucket. zis bucket is full of water to zee brim. Zuppose now that a time traveller from zee future arrives in zis universe. Pretend zat your fist is zee time traveller. Plunge your...

What is the Grandfather Paradox?

By Cosmo | March 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you’ve ever seen Back to the Future, you probably know that you shouldn’t be messing with things your parents did before you were born. At least, not unless you want to erase yourself from existence. The plot of Robert Zemeckis’ 1985 blockbuster is an excellent example of the Grandfather Paradox. However, the concept is much richer and more profound than that. The Grandfather Paradox is a self-canceling contradiction that arises from changing the past. A person who travels through time to and kills their grandfather before the birth of their own parents is the classic example. The change caused by the time traveler would logically negate their own existence. However, since the traveler never existed, then they never created that difference. Contradictorily, the absence of the traveler means the change never took place. Is the traveler born after all?  Name notwithstanding, the Grandfather Paradox does not solely depend on killing one’s own grandfather to prevent one’s birth. Any action that changes the past in a contradictory way fulfills the definition. The Origins of the Grandfather Paradox The earliest known appearance of the Grandfather Paradox is a novelette called Paradox, written by Charles Cloukey in 1929. Although Cloukey was only 16 at the time of publishing, the story outlines many intricate paradoxes of time travel. In the end, his book concludes that backward time travel is, in fact, impossible. Cloukey writes, “the fact that I was pre-sent to kill my unfortunate grandfather would show that I had been born. Therefore, I could not have killed my grandfather. It was hopeless.”  Many other science fiction stories of the early 20th century dealt with this paradox, with examples arising in works such as Ancestral Voices by Nathaniel Schachner and Future Times Three, by René Barjavel in 1943. Variants of the Grandfather Paradox...

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