Time Travel Is Possible Due To A New Mathematical Model

Posted: Apr 27 2017, 12:01pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 27 2017, 12:03pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Time Travel is Possible due to a New Mathematical Model
Ben Tippett, a mathematics and physics instructor at UBC, recently published a study about the feasibility of time travel. Credit: Getty Images
  • Taking the fiction out of science fiction
  • Using math to investigate possibility of time travel

A UBC researcher has developed a mathematical model for a viable time machine. It seems that mathematical models can help in the study of time travel.

By doing some number games, a researcher has come up with a mathematical model that lays the hypothetical basis of a time machine. A mathematics and physics lecturer has come up with a formula that has raised hopes regarding the possibility of time travel.

Einstein’s general theory of relativity has been the impetus behind this math model-building drive. The researcher responsible for this model normally studies black holes and has science fiction as his subject of interest.

He has said that while people think time travel lies in the realm of fantasy, in fact theoretically it is possible. It is translating this theory to reality where the main difficulty is encountered.

Using math formulas, one can at least explain the basic lines along which time travel may take place. H.G. Wells’ book The Time Machine laid the basis of a fictional story about a man who constructs a machine that allows him to go forward in time to a dystopian future society. Einstein too spoke regarding gravitational fields which caused distortions in the structure of space-time.

About a century later, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced that gravitational waves had been discovered. These were generated by black holes that collided with each other.

Time was the fourth dimension besides the three dimensions of space. Space-time gets curved due to the gravitational force of heavy bodies. The math model invented by this researcher makes a curved loop of time thereby making time travel at least theoretically possible.

While mathematically it is a sure thing, in reality things are way more complex. For time travel to take place speeds close to and greater than the speed of light need to be reached.

Such a state of affairs is not about to be achieved very soon in the future. So, currently time travel is a very foreign and surreal concept. A time machine is a remote possibility in the far-off future.

This research was recently published in the IOPscience Journal Classical and Quantum Gravity.

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