The Nation – time travel

I’m not sure how serious this item will be on The Nation this morning.

And is heading to NZ for in a few weeks… he talks to about time travel.

The Nation usually ends with “what’s in the news next week”. Perhaps they are investigating time travel so they can actually report the news before it happens.

James Gleick…

…is an American author and historian of science whose work has chronicled the cultural impact of modern technology. Recognized for his writing about complex subjects through the techniques of narrative nonfiction, he has been called “one of the great science writers of all time”.

His first book, Chaos: Making a New Science, reported the development of the new science of chaos and complexity. It made the Butterfly Effect a household word, introduced the Mandelbrot Set and fractal geometry to a broad audience, and sparked popular interest in the subject.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gleick

Gleick has written a history of time travel.

He says it’s real but just in our heads.

It’s not possible to step in a machine to travel to a different time, either in the future or in the past.

The classic grandfather paradox – you couldn’t travel back in time and kill your grandfather. There are millions of similar paradoxes.

If you could would you go backward or forward in time? Gleick prefers forward but says some people would prefer go back due to pessimism about the future.

Worm holes are completely hypothetical speculation. Handy for science fiction workers but not much else.

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2 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  May 6, 2017

    At the moment you can’t time travel in a machine….although the Philadelphia Experiment may have proved that incorrect.

    However, the problem for Gleick is: if time travel is in our head, and to a degree he’s correct, that means part of our being lives in another dimension?

  2. The PHILADELPHIA Experiment is a hoax.”The “Philadelphia Experiment” was an alleged naval military experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sometime around 28 October 1943, in which Eldridge was to be rendered invisible (i.e. by a cloaking device) to human observers for a brief period. It is also referred to as Project Rainbow.
    The story is widely regarded as a hoax.The United States Navy maintains that no such experiment occurred and details of the story contradict well-established facts about Eldridge.”
    USN Eldridge was.commissioned on 27 August 1943 with Lieutenant C. R. Hamilton, USNR, in command. It was sold to Greece in 1951 as part of a military aid package and was sent to the ship breakers for scrap in 1999′
    Wikepedia and the Skeptics Dictionary have the whole story.