Is time travel possible?

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2019)

Introduction – Is time travel possible?

Who does not like to travel? Obviously, it’s interesting to explore different parts of the world. We can travel to different places. What if we can travel “at different times” too (we indeed travel in time, but only in one direction, to the future)! Sounds fascinating, ah? Let’s continue then about time & time travel.

Nature of time

Newtonian Physics assumed time to be an absolute quantity. But later on, Albert Einstein introduced The Special Theory of Relativity (STR). I will not go to those equations of STR here. But, the core point is that time is not an absolute quantity as thought earlier. Time indeed depends on the motion of the observer. In fact, time is not universal i.e. the clocks of two observers may not “tick” the same way all across the universe; one might tick slower or faster than the other.

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Time Travel

Time travel is a popular subject in science fiction. In the first, it popularized in 1895 when H.G. Wells wrote a novel The Time Machine which moved as the concept of time travel by public imagination. After that many physicists give theories and concept to understand time travel.

Time travel is a concept which helps us to move between certain points in time. Time Machine also uses time travel. It is a hypothetical device which helps to time travel.

Time travel may be in the past or in the future.

We all are traveling in future with 1 minute/ minute means that we traveling in future one minute in one minute. If we can do less or more it then we can travel in the past or in the future. Imagine you can less it like you are moving at 0.001 minutes/ minute then you will go in past and if you are moving at 1 hour or 1 month or 1 year/ minute than you can go in future. But there is a big problem that how we can do less or more.

 

There are three possible methods to travel in time –

  1. According to the Special Theory of Relativity
  2. According to The General Theory of Relativity
  3. Via Wormholes

1. According to the Special Theory of Relativity

We can go in the future using The Special Theory of Relativity. Einstein tells about time dilation in his theory. If you move near the speed of light (300,000 km/s) then you can go in the future. At this speed, time would go slow for you than other people who are on the earth and time would go fast for people than you.

time dillation - is time travel possible

Imagine that you are going to a space mission at the speed of light. When you started it then you were 20 years old and your girlfriend was too 20 years old. After then you went to mission. On this mission, the time will be going slow for you than her and the time will go faster for her than you. Imagine after 2 years, you came again on the earth. So, when you will meet with her then she would 60 years old (maybe more) and you only would 22 years old. So you will be in the future.

example of time dillation
An example of time dilation between two friends

 

So why scientists are not going in the future? Because we haven’t got a space vehicle which travels at near the speed of light.

Before going in the future, we have to build a space vehicle that moves at the speed of light.

Scientists cannot know how much time takes for the traveler and other people who are on the earth. We don’t know the actual relativistic time.

2. According to The General Theory of Relativity

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The mathematical equation of this theory

Einstein gives a theory of gravity which called General Theory. The theory predicts that time passes more slowly for objects in the gravitational field than other objects which are far from the earth. There are many space and time distortions near black holes where is gravity very intense. This space and time distortions called space-time. So we can travel in time to travel in space and living near the black holes.

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3. Via Wormholes

We can travel in time using wormholes (A kind of tunnel through space-time connecting otherwise very distant parts of the universe). But the wormholes are hypothetical. A natural wormhole is not possible. It may be shortcuts through space-time.

Many scientists say that if any wormholes formed after the big-bang then it might have collapsed. So there are no possibility to form a natural wormhole.

Example of Wormhole
Example of Wormhole

 

Travel in the past is very hard than future.

We can go in the past using above theories. But there is an interesting fact that if we can go in past then we cannot come in future. Imagine that you are going to travel in past. You go in past and then you kill your girlfriend’s grandfather (just imagine) before her father’s birth. Then what will be existence of your girlfriend? If you kill then it will be two events at same time and same place. So, how is this possible? In that time, if we can go in the past then we cannot come again in future. Recently, this paradox has solved. Here is the solution to this paradox.

So the simple answer is that time travel is not possible yet but it will be possible in the future. When scientists will make a space vehicle which travels at the speed of light then it will possible. But it is too hard to make such type of space vehicle because it required infinitive energy. But it will be possible in future with advance technology.

In my view, we can solve this past time travel problem. It is an interesting way. If we can make a space vehicle which can travel at the speed of light then we can solve this problem. We will send someone in past which understand how to make such type space vehicle. And when he reached in past then he will make this space vehicle and he will able to come in future again.

It is only my view. What are you think? Can he do this? or will he face problems? Give your opinion on this in comments.

This article is a joint article uploaded by Krishan Kumar and Himangshu Talukdar.

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12 thoughts on “Is time travel possible?

  • July 21, 2016 at 2:51 pm
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    Wow!!!
    Great post on great topic.
    I think he will face some problems because in that time he will not get all materials for making this space vehicle.
    But if he will able to make this then it can be possible.

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  • July 22, 2016 at 3:45 am
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    So how u will make a vehicle near speed of c ? We all r time traveler and traveling to future at a speed of 1s/1s

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    • July 22, 2016 at 3:52 am
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      We don’t know because we must give infinite energy for it but it would be possible in the future.

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  • July 22, 2016 at 9:47 am
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    warmholes => wormholes 🙂 🙂

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  • July 23, 2016 at 5:34 am
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    It is only possible by our soul with making concentration which are already mentioned in holly books. So time travel is possible without any infinite energy. Its need to concentrate our mind. So concentrating mind is very difficult task. If you are thinking about infinite energy, we can consider LHC and their experts.

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  • July 24, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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    Thank a lot for share this.

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  • August 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    Imagine , wonderful . I m sock to know for instant . I m now flying in dreams of future .

    Thanks .

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  • October 27, 2016 at 9:13 am
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    I do not believe time travel is possible. Imagine, I want to go to some time in the past. The entire universe, at that point in time, has to exist for me to visit it. That means that every plank unit of time, the entire universe has to be stored in its entirety. For the past to exist along with the present, all the matter in the universe has to created each instant and stored for someone to be able to visit it. I don’t see how that is possible.
    To me, time is an illusion. Our perception of time is just an interpretation of us observing particle movement. Things move in the universe, there is no forward or backward, we observe this movement as time. The past is history and the future is yet to happen.

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    • December 16, 2017 at 6:55 pm
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      What about infinitesimally parallel universes ( the electron exists every where ……. hysenburg uncertainty)

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  • June 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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    yes he or she can do it if he/she is intelligent like Albert Einstein .

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  • January 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm
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    I think it is impossible for any man made vehicle to travel at the speed of light because when an object travelling at the speed of light its mass approaches zero, so , how can a space vehicle attain that speed without being crampled into a very,very minute particle and the astronaught on it will also be crampled into tiny object and theyball vanish into oblivion.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 11:26 pm
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    so basically the general theory is saying that time is passing more slowly because of the gravity so the general theory is saying that more G + TD = ST or in simple words gravity plus time distortion equals to space time saying that by living near black holes would make a year an eternity and seen how could earth collapse and how new live is coming and passing by also putting the facts that light holes could have more or less gravity than black holes making the theory that living nearly at a black hole would make our lives to have more time and live more than any human being by diving force times gravity and time distortion making space travel with space time possible.

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