Is it possible to travel in time?

In the novel by Kurt Vonnegut “Slaughterhouse 5 or the children’s crusade” of the main character named Billy pilgrim is kidnapped by aliens. Aliens from the planet Tralfamadore Billy discover the secret of time travel and allow him to feel like one of them, giving the pilgrim the opportunity to move into different time periods of his own life. It is also noteworthy that for Tralfamadore there is no death, because death is only the period in time in which you can look at any moment. A similar idea can also be seen in the movie “the Arrival” of 2016. But apart from science fiction and think about the surrounding Universe, then how to know whether it is possible to actually travel in time?

It is not excluded that when scientists discover a new, revolutionary theory of everything, it will help to understand how to travel through time

In 1915, albert Einstein was more or less to explain our world. Until now, General relativity (GR) remains the best description of gravitation in modern physics. The theoretical predictions were confirmed by numerous observations and experiments conducted in the past century and the present. General relativity predicted the discovery of supermassive black holes and gravitational waves. Thus, we have again and again spoken: “Einstein was right”. Today, however, researchers are in search of a new theory that can explain the reasons why the universe is expanding with acceleration. But according to General relativity, our universe should not expand faster and faster. Scientists believe that the accelerated expansion of the Universe is responsible mysterious dark energy is the invisible substance and driving force of the Universe. But there are other inconsistencies: recently, researchers discovered a black hole in our galaxy, which, according to General relativity and our knowledge about the evolution of stars should not exist. It turns out we need a new fundamental theory of everything, which would be consistent both with General relativity and with quantum theory.

The Genius Of Albert Einstein

Isaac Newton thought of the fundamental forces of the Universe long before the birth of albert Einstein. His thoughts about our place in the Universe perfectly describes Shakespeare: “All the world’s a stage, and all the people in it actors”. Newton believed that all objects in the Universe are actors on the stage: the Sun, the comet, the dog, and even Apple. And the scene itself was space and time, two things that are absolute, and nothing can affect them. The clock hand moves at a constant speed, regardless of where they are, thought Newton. These thoughts marked the beginning of classical mechanics that could explain almost everything. However, the word “almost” is unacceptable if we are trying to explain how the entire universe and not just part of it.

Time is relative, it is not necessary to forget about it

After about two hundred years, albert Einstein suggested that space and time can be combined with all objects in the Universe. What Newton thought absolute, Einstein made a part of the performance. According to General relativity, the three dimensions of space and one dimension of time are combined into one four-dimensional space-time. And space is not inviolable: there are massive objects, which can affect the shape of the space and the time. But that’s not all: Einstein argued that a time individually. Theoretically, this allows for `the possibility of special “paths” in space-time, able to deviate in the past is a kind of closed curves on which you can go back to an earlier moment in time. Thus, Einstein’s theory allows travel back in time. But not in the future.

One of the most talented philosophers and mathematicians of the 20th century, Kurt gödel believed that a closed time-like curves , the particle may get to the point in their own past. However, in order for the assumption of gödel worked, our universe must revolve, and its size should remain unchanged. But we know that the universe is expanding with acceleration. After gödel, other scientists have created theories that correspond with the concept of Einstein. But even if closed time-like curves are made to pass, it is necessary to reach speeds in excess of 220 thousand kilometers per second. However, the inconsistency in GRT with the fact of the accelerating expansion of the Universe and the existence of closed time-like curves are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to time travel, because we are faced with a much more serious problem: Einstein’s theory is in no way correlated with quantum physics. And this is the biggest problem in modern physics. Do we really need another theory to describe the Universe. Theory that will take into account the quantum nature of matter.

One of the attempts to explain the Universe apart from all the points above And is string theory. Sheldon Cooper from “Big Bang Theory” as it is known, worked it over her. But string theory is also not without problems: it turned out to be correct, the existence of six extra dimensions of space. Along with string theory there is the theory of loop quantum gravity, the theory of causal sets , and many others. However, despite the fact that none of them today are not able to fully explain everything in the Universe, scientists do not hurry to write them off. At least, thinking about time travel.

Today our knowledge of the Universe is not as extensive as we would like

So, the study, which had been worked by scientists from Oxford University, suggests that the creation of a time machine really possible. In the paper, the logical, metaphysical and physical possibility of time travel, based on the existence of closed time-like curves. Scientists believe that these curves can be detected with the help of new technologies and argue that none of the alleged paradox does not exclude travel in time. Also in the paper the researchers write that time travel is possible in accordance with the theory of quantum gravity, string theory and the theory of loop quantum gravity. Anyway, questions more than answers.

Is it possible to stop time?

Albert Einstein demonstrated that time is relative: it moves more slowly if the object is moving fast. Events do not occur in the prescribed manner. There is no single universal “now” in the sense in which it would describe Newtonian physics. It is true that many events in the Universe can be ordered, but time is not always clearly divided into past, present and future. Some physics equations work in either direction. One of the aspects of the perception of time, which many of us share is how we think about our past: we represent it as a giant video library archive, where you can find records of the events of his own life. Some theoretical physicists, such as Carlo friend barb., come into their thinking even further, believing that time is not linear or does not exist. However,some physics and assume that time does not exist, there is our perception of time. That is why the evidence of physics disagree with the way we perceive the course of life. Our understanding of such values as “the future” or “past” does not necessarily apply to everything in the Universe, but reflects the reality of our lives here on Earth. However, as in the Newtonian idea of absolute time, the belief in time is able to mislead us.

Most likely, stories about the journey to the future will remain on the pages of science fiction

Some researchers believe that the passage of time can be stopped,this may not be appropriate. To understand how to stop time, you need to re-apply to the theory of relativity albert Einstein: the speed of light is 299 792 458 meters per second and is constant throughout the Universe. This speed remains constant even if the observer moves relative to it. However, according to dataobtained by researchers from the University of southern Maine, our perception of light can be changed. Theoretically, this means that our perception of time can also be changed using the phenomenon known as “time dilation”. Time dilation is the difference in time when measured at two hours. Imagine that one of those hours is set on a space ship that moves at the speed of light or close to it, while the other clock remained on Earth.

When the spacecraft reaches the speed of light, time on the two-hour starts to go differently. Since the speed of light is constant, it may seem that time on the ship will move much slower. The results showed that the larger the vehicle speed, the greater the effect of time dilation. Only when the vehicle speed approaching the speed of light, the slow effect of time becomes significant. Thus, if a spaceship reached the speed of light, the time on Board simply would have stopped. You can try to imagine what the ship will continue moving at the speed of light until 2214. In this case, we would have passed two hundred years, but the ship would not have changed anything. This is extremely weird, but theoretically correct. However, one should not forget that from the standpoint of the fundamental laws of physics, to reach the speed of light is impossible.

And you would be sat behind the wheel of a DeLorean?

Professor Stephen Hawking believed that the study of Einstein in the field of gravity, space and time, beginning in 1915, may have solved the problem of time travel. The answer, as you probably already realized, is in the wormhole or wormhole. A wormhole is a transition through the fabric of space-time that connects two distant points of space. Thus, the wormhole can connect not only two different places in the Universe, but two different Universes. Recall that the British physicist is not ruled out that black holes and wormholes can be a portal to other Universes. Moreover, one of the last works of Hawking was devoted to parallel Universes. If the representatives of developed civilizations exist and have the technology necessary for space travel, it is possible that they can travel from one part of galaxy to another, and after a week or two to return home before he set off. This is a paradox.