The Feasibility of Time Travel

by Rachel Baker on August 27, 2013

With news that NASA is working on warp drive capability, and the new Star Trek movies taking place in an alternate timeline from the original Star Trek; its only natural that our scientific community would really begin contemplating the feasibility of time travel.

Traveling forward in time is an uncontroversial possibility, according to Einstein’s theory. In fact, physicists have been able to send tiny particles called muons, which are similar to electrons, forward in time by manipulating the gravity around them. That’s not to say the technology for sending humans 100 years into the future will be available anytime soon, though.

Time travel to the past, however, is even less understood. Still, astrophysicist Eric W. Davis of the EarthTech International Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin argues that it’s possible. All you need, he says, is a wormhole, which is a theoretical passageway through space-time that is predicted by relativity.

After all, time travel has every probability of resulting in a total disregard for the prime directive, thusly causing changes to the time line of humanity. And really…If Spock can’t resist the urge to not change history, how can mere humans?

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