Science Fiction or Fact: Is Time Travel Possible?
Adam Hadhazy, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor
Date: 09 April 2012 Time: 05:55 PM ET
"Are you telling me that you built a time machine ... out of a DeLorean?"
CREDIT: Universal Studios
In the first "Back to the Future" movie, all it took to travel through time was 1.21 gigawatts and a flux capacitor (packed into a DeLorean sports car for style points). Despite centuries of dreams and decades of bona fide research, flux capacitors remain beyond our grasp, as do any other time travel-enabling devices.
From a pure physics point of view, travel into the future is not at all impossible and in fact happens all the . . . time. With all due respect to Doc Brown, however, backward time travel stacks up as a much tougher proposition.
"We can travel at different rates to the future," said Seth Lloyd, a professor of quantum mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "To go into the past and mess around with it, that's more controversial."
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