Time Travel Through Time

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Scientists observe that time travel is a phenomenon that all of humanity experiences. To illustrate, I have moved forward from last year and so have others. Everyone travels through time at a rate of one hour per hour. The true question behind the time travel conundrum is if we can travel faster or slower than the normal rate of one per hour. One of the greatest minds of the 20th century, Albert Einstein, developed a theory to explain time. The Special Relativity theory posits that space and time are sides of the same coin: space-time. The speed limit of all things that travel through the space-time continuum is 186,000 miles per second or 300,000 kilometres per hour. Light travels at the speed limit in an empty space. The theory goes on to say that as an object travels through space-time relative to another object and as it speeds up closer to the speed of light time slows down. However, this effect would only be noticeable when the object returns to the stationary one. For instance, an individual who is ten years old left earth for space travelling at close to 99% the speed of light—which is unachievable with the current technology—and during their voyage, they celebrated five birthdays. When they get back to earth at age 15 most of their friends would be 65 years old. This is because time moved slower for the astronaut (Rayman, 2017). Time, as Albert saw it, was an illusion. He described it as a relative phenomenon depending on the observer’s speed through space. Einstein described time as the fourth dimension that provides direction—even though time only moves forward. Einstein also proposed another theory: The General Relativity Theory. This theory establishes that time is slower for objects that are in a gravitational field—... ... middle of paper ... ...veller would need to go around the doughnut, while inside, and will go further back in time with each lap (Choi, 2007). However, the theory has various shortcomings. For one, the gravitational fields needed to make such a loop would have to be stronger than any other currently observable fields and their manipulation must be spot on (Howell, 2013). In conclusion time travel, at the moment appears to be improbable particularly taking into consideration the physics knowledge of today. However, the field is always shifting, and with leaps being made in quantum mechanics it would provide much-needed solutions to the time paradoxes. First, physicists should solve the mystery of how particular particles communicate with each other instantaneously and at speeds faster than that of light. An understanding of such a phenomenon could open doors to solving time travel problems.
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