Professor At UBC Says Time Travel Is Mathematically Possible [Video]By Khaleb Skye A. Cruz, UniversityHerald Reporter
Ben Tippett, a physics instructor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, is in the middle of a study that tests the feasibility of time travel. Given that his field of expertise is Einstein's "Theory of Relativity", Tippett focuses on black holes and science fiction whenever he is not in the classroom. Now, he has done the math to create a formula that may pave the way for the world's first time machine.
According to Science Daily, the model is called the "Traversable Acausal Retrograde Domain in Space-time (TARDIS). This machine is like a bubble of "space-time" geometry which carries its "passengers" backward and forward through space. It tours in a large circular path.
The time machine concept moves at speeds greater than the speed of light. Tippet said in earlier statements that people often see time travel as nothing more than a science movie. However, people only think that way because they do not actually do it. Mathematically speaking, Tippet assures that space warp is really possible.
For the record, mankind developed its taste for time traveling since HG Wells published the book "Time Machine" in 1885. Scientists began to formulate theories either to solve or disprove the bizarre idea. The most famous account was probably Einstein's 1915 claim that says gravitational fields come from distortions in the fabric of space and time.
Now, over a century later, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration found evidence of Einstein's theory. The international team of physics institutes and research groups finally detected gravitational waves generated by colliding black holes. Thus, Einstein was right all along.
Meanwhile, Tippet stressed that the division of space-time into three dimensions is incorrect. The physicist said that the dimensions should be imagined simultaneously instead, wherein different directions are connected. Using Einstein's brain child, Tippet concludes that the curvature of space-time accounts for the curved orbits of the planets.
To further illustrate, in "flat" space-time, planets and stars would move in straight lines. In the area of a massive sun, though, space-time becomes curved and the straight trajectories of nearby planets will follow the bend around that star. His model of a time machine uses that curvature to bend time into a circle for the passengers, which then take them back in time.
While Tippett already solved the math for a warping machine, Daily Mail reported that he is aware that it is still not possible for humans to build the model. For one, scientists need materials dubbed as "exotic matter". The sad part is: That material is yet to be discovered.