Science Believes Time Travel Is Possible
By James Donahue
When Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity, he opened the door to a future world that
even he probably could not have perceived in 1916. This theory, which has yet to be fully accepted as a law of physics, led
to such concepts as quantum physics, the development of atomic energy, and a belief that the universe can be folded like a
sheet of paper, with vortexes or black holes linking the folds making it possible for space travel at incredible speeds to
Einstein’s theory also declares that the flow of time is not constant. According to the theory
everything in the universe, including the passage of time, is relative and depends upon the speed in which we can travel.
If we can approach the speed of light, time slows. Thus space travelers in a ship that can move at extremely high speed can
make it appear to the travelers to take only days, when to the people left behind on Earth, it has taken years if not decades.
Laboratory experiments have proven that beams of neutrinos, projected through a vacuum, can actually
arrive at their destination in a fraction of a moment before they were sent. This experiment was accomplished at Gran Sasso,
Italy. The particles were beamed 730 kilometers away to detectors at CERN, in Geneva, and they reportedly arrived 60 billionths
of a second earlier than they should have.
Admittedly, that margin of a time difference was so small it took really sensitive instruments to
record the event. But it proved that Einstein was wrong when he predicted that nothing could travel faster than the speed
of light. It also suggests that the human struggle against the clock may someday be won.
Remember how the space craft Enterprise used something called warp drive to zip around in space in
the popular Star Trek television and film series? That kind of technology may also be possible soon. John Cipolla, chief aerodynamicist
for a Florida company called AeroRocket and WarpMetrics, is actually working on the development of gravitational warp drive
technology and gravity control for faster than light star travel.
Cipolla’s website describes a spacecraft being accelerated while enclosed in an artificially
generated "warp bubble." He maintains that the work is based on Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity and that the
warp principle utilizes "a method for warping spacetime to generate warp bubble disturbances without the need for exotic matter
or negative energy."
Science is moving closer to finding a way to propel objects and perhaps humans through time. Some
are expressing optimism about the probability of achieving this. Edward Farhi, director of the Center for Theoretical Physics
at MIT said: "It’s actually consistent with the laws of physics to change the rate at which clocks run. There’s
no question that you can skip into the future."
Farhi said, however, that most physicists see a problem with traveling back into the past, however.
This is because high speed travel affects the rate at which time moves forward. But using this as a basis for time travel
technology, the travel is always toward the future. No one has yet considered a way for moving the clock in reverse.
If such technology ever is achieved, we should be seeing evidence of time travelers from the future
having some kind of effect on our current environment.
Has it happened? There are a few very strange stories out there that suggest odd encounters with time
travel where people were propelled into the past and then back again, and vice-versa.
In 1969 two men were driving north on Highway 167 from Abbeville, Louisiana toward Lafayette. They
overtook what looked like an antique car traveling very slowly. As the examined this old "mint condition" antique they noticed
the license plate was dated 1940. The driver of the vehicle was a young woman dressed in vintage clothing of that period.
She had a young child with her. As they were examining what they thought was a vehicle from a nearby old-car show, they noticed
the woman seemed confused and in a state of panic. They rolled down a window and asked if she needed help. She signaled that
she did, so they pulled over on the side of the road. But when they got out to talk to the woman, she and the car she had
been driving were gone. It had just vanished.
Another time warp story was told by a trucker who was really familiar with his regular route along
US-41 through Evansville, Indiana. He said it happened in 1974 when there was an area he called "stop light corridor," a series
of 12 traffic lights in a 7.1-mile stretch. Operators of the big rigs like to time their arrival at the lights so the wheels
never stop rolling if possible, since it takes a lot of fuel to get those heavy trucks moving once they are stopped. This
driver said on this particular day, as he entered the corridor with a heavy load of hogs, Rod Stewart’s song "Stay With
Me" was just going on his radio. Strangely he said the green lights came on perfectly at each light and in synch to the lyrics.
"I made every light green in exactly four minutes and thirty-five seconds. Rod’s song ended with the drum beat finish
at light twelve."
The trucker said he later realized that something uncanny had just happened to him. He said he was
driving over the 45-mile-per-hour speed limit. He calculated that he needed to be traveling at a speed of 62.26 miles-per-hour
to hit those lights at exactly the right time for all of them to be showing green. "My wife and I started the song in the
same spot five winters ago and it ended half way through. With light traffic it took us nine minutes."
My wife and I experienced a strange slow-down of time one morning in about 2003 when we were living
in a small town in Michigan. I was working as an assistant editor at a small weekly newspaper about 30 miles from where we
lived. On the day we were going to press, the rush of tasks that usually took the editor and me most of a day to accomplish
were completed by mid-morning, which I found odd but I didn’t think a lot about it. That was until my wife called and
asked if I had noticed anything strange about the time that morning. She said she took on a major job that morning of cleaning
all of the cupboards and shelves in her kitchen and seemed to finish in record time. She said she did several other tasks
and was amazed to discover that she finished work that should have taken all day within about two hours. Strangely, nobody
else at the newspaper or in the apartment complex where we lived appeared to have noticed anything unusual about events that
occurred that morning.
At another time when we were driving one night down a blacktop country road on a trip that should
have taken us no more than ten minutes, we found ourselves driving and driving without ever reaching the yellow blinking warning
light that could be clearly seen at an intersection a few miles ahead. We estimated that we spent at least 30 minutes on that
road before reaching the light.