Liquid Pools That Shimmer

Majestic ripples. Waves of time spreading outwards. Timeless and hidden soothing the mind.

Blues And Greens

Wayward and alone. Agreed solidarity. Bold and beautiful. Creative and alive.

A View of Paradise.

Tropical pools. Bamboo trees. Rocks and waterfalls. The sun blazing high above.

Northern Lake

Misty mountain top. Lake of dreams. Enter the green valley and become one with nature.

Tree of Life

Never ask why. Fate surely has other plans for you when a mystic light is shining on you.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Time Travelers

Scientists believe that traveling through time is theoretically possible under the right conditions. In physics and in science fiction, a method of time travel is often speculative at best. But what if time travelers actually existed? How would we perceive them? And what are the consequences of their actions?

Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity predicted the existence of wormholes in outer space. By using wormholes or an Einstein-Rosen Bridge to fold the fabric of space-time and traveling in a specially designed spacecraft to travel great distances beyond the speed of light. Taking into account of Einstein’s wormhole theory “shortcut” through space and time, a new wormhole theory developed in 1988 called the Morris-Thorne wormhole hypothesize that traveling through a wormhole would allow a traveler to leave one part of the universe, and instantly appear in another part of the universe by connecting two points in space time through the wormhole, which not only would mean instant travel beyond the speed of light, but also allow time travel as well.

This kind of scientific method for traveling through time has been described and explored in literature and TV and films for decades. In the TV show Star Trek had warp drive to transfers across the galaxy by warping the space-time continuum. In the film Star Wars had hyperspace to achieve faster than light travel enabling starships to reach other star systems. Carl Sagan’s movie Contact and novel by the same name had his space explorer traveling through a series of wormholes designed and set up by alien beings. In the movie and TV series Stargate, had a collection of time space portals that were discovered and used to create artificial wormholes for traveling across the galaxy and time.

Scientists today speculate and consider the possibility of time travel as a real phenomenon. But they also elaborate that such a journey through time could have consequences such as going backward in time and in the far future. For theorists conjecture that traveling through a wormhole would actually lead you to a parallel universe or alternate reality, and that any changes you make there could have dire consequences. This could establish a new time-line, a series of events and scenarios, that could affect the past, present, and future.

The time traveler may find himself materializing in a completely identical universe, but in actuality on a parallel world very much like his own, however, in an alternate reality setting. But with subtle differences that could range in the infinite possibilities of choices made by counterparts living on that parallel world. Such was the case demonstrated in the science fiction series Sliders in the mid-1990s. A young scientist had created a device using the Einstein-Rosen Bridge theory to slide into alternate realities and found him and his companions lost in a series of multi-universes where all of history and futures scenarios are played out.

The mere act of time travel seems risky at best. The use of complex physics and highly sophisticated machinery would be needed to achieve desired results. For if time travel actually exist and some speculate that it could be feasible in the near future. Then where are all the time travelers today? Carl Sagan, an American astrophysicist and astronomer proposed that highly advanced humans from the future could be here in our present time as time travelers, but are secretly in disguise, and unrecognizable as such. For visitors such as these would not want to upset the time-line and change their own future by dabbling into the headlines of today.

But British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawkins has suggested that maybe there are no time travelers at all, because there are no time traveling tourists flocking among us today. He proposes that time travel is very difficult to achieve and that even future generations might not be able to travel far back into time itself. There is room for arguments on both sides of this time traveling debate. For progress of the future is limited only by our imagination.

General relativity theory states that it is possible to travel through time. Using and understanding theoretical physics such as String Theory that combines quantum mechanics and general relativity into a quantum theory of gravity. Scientific experiments in quantum teleportation have demonstrated that sub-atomic particles can be transmuted or beamed at great distances. Sounds like science fiction? Even the United States Air Force has invested in a study program of possible ways to teleport humans and objects through space, and some believe there is other programs design to transport people through time itself. Given the enormous amount of energy and cost of such a program of traveling through time some believe this to be a waste of time and an unattainable goal to achieve. Many argue that we are decades if not centuries away from creating an actual real time machine.

As our technology advances and our understanding of how the universe works. Inevitably, everything that was once considered fiction has become a reality and commonplace. If modern science can someday achieve an actual working time machine, then traveling into the future as well as the past seems likely. For those who advocate that time travel is theoretically possible have stated that we merely have to look at the past for clues of time traveling visitation. In ancient history there are countless stories of possible time travelers who appear and disappear throughout history, seemingly immortal.
Sliders - The First and Second Seasons

Star Wars Trilogy

Contact [Blu-ray]
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Time Machine

Possibly the ultimate journey of all time would be not to travel to the stars or to another planet or even under the great depths of the ocean but rather through time itself. Time travelers could explore all of history, past, present, and future, and discover how time affects all life on the Earth.

Time travel and the machines that take you there.

The concept of time travel has been around for nearly 3000 years. Some of the earliest stories ever told about time travelers always seem to go far into the future. But what were some of the earliest stories told about traveling to the past? How would the time traveler get there in the first place? The most logical method of traveling through time would be the creation of a time machine. A hypothetical device highly sophisticated machine capable of transgressing the fourth dimension and break the bonds of linear time. But early authors of time travel made it much simpler than that.

Time travel could be in the form of divine intervention as in Samuel Madden‘s Memoirs of the Twentieth Century, written in 1733 about a time traveling guardian angel from the 1990s who travels back to the 1700s delivering a message and documentation about the future. In 1843 Charles Dickens’ book a Christmas Carol, which featured an Ebenezer Scrooge who was visited by three Christmas spirits, and then transported into his own past and present and future yet to come. Scrooge was given a remarkable opportunity to revisit his past and to see his own present and to see the possible outcomes of his deeds, done that could lead to a dire future.

For decisions that Scrooge relived, reminded him deeply of how he changed and how the consequences of his actions led him to the life he has now. This can be viewed as a sort of spiritual time travel to the past. Thus enabling Scrooge to actually alter his possible future to a better happier life than the grim outcome he was shown.

American writer Mark Twain’s a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) finds the main character, awakening after an accident, and discovers he has been transported nearly 1000 years earlier to the time of King Arthur. This was made into a musical film in 1949 with Bing Crosby and Rhonda Fleming. What’s interesting about Mark Twain’s story is that the Yankee’s actions in the past actually affect history and the future to come. But soon other writers of the 19th century started writing more feasible methods of traveling through time. Authors like Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau and H.G. Wells started writing about actual time machines.

H.G. Wells is credited for creating the term “time machine” in which a time traveler uses to move forward and backward in time. This has become universally known as the device that all science fiction storytellers today use. Published in 1895 by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine story is about an inventor who creates a vehicle that can travel through time. The time traveler journeys some 800,000 years into the future and meets the deteriorating remains of the human race. The time traveler bears witness to the evolutionary outcome of mankind as he encounters the Eloi and Morlocks. Neither race bears any resemblance to any human being of his own time and with technology lost the entire world seems to be covered in vegetation.

So the concept of time travel can be achieved through many methods. From early writing of the past the main characters in time travel tales merely had to simply go to sleep and awake and into another time. More modern writers simply use the popular device known as the Time Machine to get their characters traveling through the past and the future. But is this completely science fiction? Who are the real believers of time travel? Why do top scientists from our own time actually believe that it is possible to travel through time? Given today in this modern time and understanding the laws of physics, and special relativity and general relativity theory. The notion of time travel is no longer science fiction.

Scientists state that if we can travel faster than the speed of light that we could travel through time. But creating this type of velocity is difficult. Scientists theorize that if a spacecraft can travel safely through wormholes and black holes in outer space that they could travel into the future and the past. But this can lead to more questions than answers. For scientists believe that if you travel backwards in time that you would create a parallel universe. Any action done by the time traveler in the past would create paradoxes and alternate realities, in essence a parallel universe.

The Time Machine (SF Masterworks)
Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension
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