Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Time Travel

Time travel is an extensively debated topic which can have real and significant effects on mankind and the way we view the world. Time travel into the future has been proved possible through Einstein's theories where an object moving close to the speed of light would age slower and therefore would essentially travel into the future. However, time travel into the past can be shown to have paradoxical effects as shown in the Grandfather paradox. One view is that whenever a backwards time travel occurs, a new reality forms. This occurs because there is a new "past" that includes the time traveler and is different from the one known to the people in the present. With this alternate reality, or tangent to reality, the grandfather paradox is solved. Does this make sense?